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PIRATES UNVEIL BALLPARK PLAN: WILL PUBLIC GO FOR IT?
Published March 18, 1998
Pirates Managing General Partner Kevin McClatchy "wowed a crowd of Pittsburgh notables" with his model of a new ballpark, "but shed little light on the team's contribution" to its $203M cost, according to Rich Lord of the Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW. McClatchy said he was "extremely confident" that the stadium will be completed by Opening Day, 2001. The team is aiming for a groundbreaking in 14 months. Though the team will only sign a 25- to 30-year lease, McClatchy predicted the park "would keep baseball in Pittsburgh for another 111 years" if the team, state, city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County can "formalize a suitable financing agreement." McClatchy: "The money's not in the bank yet." Pirates VP/New Ballpark Development & Comm. Steve Greenberg said that the team is negotiating naming rights with "at least two" local companies, including PNC Bank. Plans for the new 38,000-seat ballpark include 64 luxury suites, 540 Field Club seats (with access to a private lounge), 2,260 upper club seats, with an average ticket price of $15 and 10,000 seats priced under $10 (PITT. TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/18). REAX: In Pittsburgh, Kim Burger writes that "skepticism was the sentiment all over" the city on Tuesday (TRIBUNE- REVIEW, 3/18). Columnist Bob Smizik: "It has been some time since the baseball future of the region looked so promising" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 3/17).