LECOM Park is the oldest spring training ballpark still in use, and as a result, it’s a place where every baseball fan should see a game at least once. The ballpark opened in 1923 and is still one of the most beautiful places to take in a ball game in the Grapefruit League giving you little excuse not to take a game in here during your trip to spring training.
If you’re a Pirates fan, you’ll have an exceptionally excellent experience at LECOM Park as the stadium is the best place anywhere to get an autograph from your favorite players. The players are easily accessible before and after the game thanks to the location of the clubhouse, so make your way to the right-field corner before the game to score a few signatures.
You’ll also love the intimacy offered by the old ballpark. Like most old stadiums, LECOM Park provides some of the best sightlines in the game as well plenty of seats close to the action, so you’ll have an excellent view pretty much anywhere in the ballpark. Just make sure to avoid the obstructed seats in the covered area.
Finally, groups will have a fantastic time attending a Pirate spring training game as the team offers a couple of great group options. The Boardwalk Barbeque Area is perfect for those of you who are looking for an all-you-can-eat experience, and the Party Decks offer the best party experience in the ballpark.
You’ll have an incredible time attending a Pirates spring training game thanks to the gorgeous historic stadium, ease of getting autographs, and the fantastic group options, so start planning your trip to Bradenton today.
Things to check out
The best place to get autographs from Pirates players is by the black fence in the right-field corner before the game. When positioned here, you’ll be right next to the Pirates clubhouse giving you plenty of opportunities to catch your favorite player. Those of you who want to get autographs from the opposing team before the game will want to locate yourself on the concrete ramp along the grandstand or at the start of the wooden boardwalk behind the lower party deck. You can also catch both teams’ players after the game in Sections 22 (Pirates) and 19 (Visitors).
Plaza Bar and Boardwalk Bar
Grab a drink at either the Plaza Bar on the first base concourse or the Boardwalk Bar on the outfield boardwalk. Both bars offer an excellent selection of drinks with the Plaza Bar offering the Pittsburgh favorite Yuengling.
Boardwalk Barbeque Area
If you’re looking to hold a large group event at a Pirates spring training game, then the Boardwalk Barbeque Area is just the thing for you. Here you’ll enjoy an all-you-can-eat picnic for groups of 25 or more plus an incredible view of all the action on the field.
Pirates Clubhouse Store
Pick up a souvenir from your trip to LECOM Park at the Pirates Clubhouse Store near the main entrance. You’ll find a large selection of Pirates merchandise here including t-shirts, caps, jerseys, bobbleheads, and more.
You’ll have a fantastic time throwing a party at one of the two Party Decks at LECOM Park. The top Party Deck accommodates groups of 60 and the bottom 40, making the two decks perfect for your next large group event.