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McKechnie Field upgrades set for 2013

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New McKechnie Field

Upgrades to McKechnie Field, spring home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and regular-season home of the Bradenton Marauders (High Class A; Florida State League), are set for next season.

The upgrades include the addition of a wraparound concourse, outfield tiki bar, upgraded seating and more. (You can see the full details at our sister site, Spring Training Online.) 

The work will be overseen by·Fawley Bryant Architects and NDC Construction. They will begin in August and be completed in time for spring training next February. Also part of the project: upgrades to Pirate City, the team's workout facility.

The ballpark will be 90 years old in 2013, when improvements will be completed in time for spring training. McKechnie Field opened in 1923 as the spring home of the St. Louis Cardinals and was renovated in 1993 and 2007. The Pirates have been training in Bradenton since 1969. The Boston/Milwaukee Braves trained there in 1938-1940 and 1948-1962.

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