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SBD/February 21, 2013/Franchises
Pirates Owner Nutting Wants To Win World Series With "Superior" Farm System
Published February 21, 2013
NEW-LOOK HOME: Biertempfel noted 90-year-old McKechnie Field has undergone a $10M renovation as the Pirates "begin their 45th year" at the Spring Training facility. The "new-look field" was unveiled yesterday. By installing outfield seats "for the first time, capacity was boosted from 6,500 to 8,500." It is the "fourth-largest ballpark in the Grapefruit League." The centerpiece of the renovation is "a 19,000-square-foot boardwalk spanning the outfield." A new "agility drills area, a half-field and indoor batting cages were built behind the outfield." The team paid $3M "toward the stadium upgrade; the public contribution came via a tourist development tax." As part of the deal with the city of Bradenton, Fla., and Manatee County, the Pirates will "spend up to $400,000 annually to promote Bradenton via advertising in Pittsburgh" (TRIBLIVE.com, 2/20).