The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today the Club has established a new spring training single-season record for total attendance during the 2017 Grapefruit League season. The team drew 106,291 fans to their 17 Spring Training home games at LECOM Park, eclipsing the previous mark of 106,038 set in 2015.
This season marks the third consecutive in which more than 100,000 fans passed through the gates of the 94-year-old ballpark.
In addition, earlier today Ballpark Digest and Spring Training Online named LECOM Park the "Best Ballpark in the Grapefruit League," as voted on by readers of the publications. This is the third year for the Best of the Ballparks fan voting, where Ballpark Digest asks its readers to weigh in on their favorite ballparks and the second consecutive honor for the Pirates and LECOM Park.
"We are thankful and humbled by this great recognition of LECOM Park, and even more so by the incredible fan support all spring," said Pirates President, Frank Coonelly. "We have what truly is a model partnership with the City of Bradenton and Manatee County. It is our shared vision, along with the support of our new naming rights partner, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), which has allowed us to continue to improve upon the fan experience and ensure that this historic ballpark remains the gem of the Grapefruit League."
The average attendance at LECOM Park this spring was 6,252 per game as the Club recorded three sellout crowds, including a 2017 high of 7,989 against the Detroit Tigers on March 25.
Bradenton and LECOM Park have been the Spring Training home of the Pirates since 1969. This year the ballpark received a significant addition with the installation of a high-definition video board in left-center field.
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