Pirate City, the renowned Spring Training Headquarters of the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida, is a haven for baseball enthusiasts seeking the quintessential Florida experience. Basking in the sunshine of February and March, Pirate City offers the ideal backdrop for enjoying outdoor baseball training sessions amidst the gentle warmth of the season. Best of all, Pittsburgh Pirates practice sessions at Pirate City are free and open to the public, inviting fans to immerse themselves in the excitement of America’s favorite pastime.
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A little more history about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring training and their winter home, LECOM PARK
Pirate City stands out as a singular destination, distinguished by the intimate connection between its workout fields and the devoted fans who flock there. Here, amidst the vibrant atmosphere, one can palpably sense the rich tapestry of baseball history while witnessing the dawn of yet another exhilarating season.
Since 1969, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Spring Training ballpark and minor league complex in Bradenton, Florida, have served as the cherished home of the Pirates. Over the decades, it has become an iconic symbol of the team’s enduring commitment to excellence and the cultivation of talent, embodying the very essence of baseball tradition and passion.
The two complexes underwent an impressive $20 million renovation as part of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ new 30-year lease with the city, just in time for the 2008 Spring Training season.
Among the upgrades were the installation of lights and a brand-new visitor’s clubhouse at LECOM Park, enhancing the overall experience for players and spectators alike. Meanwhile, the Pirate City minor league complex saw significant enhancements, including new offices, dormitories, renovations to the minor league clubhouse, and the addition of a fifth practice field.
LECOM Park, steeped in over nine decades of baseball history, maintains its timeless charm with a Spanish Mission-style façade that stands as an iconic architectural landmark in professional baseball. The park’s rich legacy was further acknowledged when it was voted as the top High-A facility in the 2018 Best of the Ballparks fan vote by Ballpark Digest. LECOM Park has consistently held the title of the best Spring Training destination in Florida since 2016.
With two professionally maintained grass fields, four bullpen mounds, batting cages, and spacious locker rooms, LECOM Park offers an exceptional setting for baseball activities. Its seating capacity of over 7,500, expandable to 9,000 with standing room, ensures that fans can enjoy the excitement of the game in comfort and style.
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- From Interstate 75: Exit I-75 at S.R. 64 West (exit 220 if traveling south, exit 220B if traveling north). Proceed west towards Bradenton and make a left on 27th Street East. Pirate City is approx. a mile on the left.
- From LECOM Park: Head west on 17th Ave. West and make a right onto U.S. 41. At first stoplight, make a left onto 26th Ave. East. Follow until 27th St. East, make left. Pass Mixon Fruit Farms — Pirate City is on the right.
- From South (Sarasota): Travel North on US 301. Cross S.R. 70 and make a right onto 38th Ave. East. Make first left onto 27th St. E. and Pirate City is a mile up the road.
- From North (St. Petersburg): Travel south on I-275 over Skyway Bridge to Exit 5 (US19 South) and continue on US41. Cross Manatee River and follow signs for SR64 East. Take 64 East and make a right onto 27th St. East. Pirate City is a mile down on left.
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