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McKechnie Field may see $9 million renovation before 2013
McKechnie Field may see $9 million renovation before 2013

Bradenton -- McKechnie Field, current spring home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, could soon be getting a $9-million makeover, if the Pirates get their way. The plan, which projects most renovations would be complete by Spring Training 2013, is currently being considered by local policymakers including Bradenton City Council and Manatee County Commissioners.

According to Spring Training Online,

The redesign of the classic ballpark calls for a reconfiguration of the seating bowl, with two distinctive seating areas replaced by seating extended from the grandstand and press box, which would be retained. The area under the new expanded grandstand would be enclosed, while a Walk of Fame would honor important figures in Bradenton baseball history.

Canopies similar to the existing canopies would be built on top of the new grandstand, with group areas slated for the top row. The area beyond the home-run fence would be renovated: seating would be added beyond left field and a SRO concourse and Pirate's Cove concession area/Tiki bar would be located beyond right field, all connected via 360-degree wraparound. Fawley Bryant, of Sarasota, is overseeing the design.

If approved, the proposed changes would add about 3,000 seats to the existing 6,562 capacity, making McKechnie Field one of the larger facilities in the Grapefruit League.

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