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Pirates to ad multipurpose practice field to Pirate City Training Complex in Bradenton, Florida
08/08/2008 12:08 PM ET
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that club will install a multipurpose, full practice field to its Pirate City training complex in Bradenton, Florida in time for the 2009 Spring Training season. The field, which will be located in the empty parcel of land on the southeast corner of the complex, will consist of one full field, with an additional regulation infield in leftfield.

The field will provide increased flexibility for practice and conditioning activities during Spring Training, including batting practice, infield drills, pitchers' fielding drills and numerous other activities.

The need for the additional field is a result of the increased activity during Pirates Spring Training at Pirate City, according to Pirates President Frank Coonelly.

"This is another example of the ongoing commitment from Bob (Nutting) to provide the additional tools we need to be successful," said Coonelly. "It also demonstrates our commitment to a strong partnership with the City of Bradenton and is another step in the overall plan to continue to improve both Pirate City and McKechnie Field."

The field is being designed and built by Florida-based Turbo Link International. The grass is being purchased from SMR Farms of Bradenton. The total cost of the field is estimated to be $250,000, with the Bradenton Boosters contributing $75,000 towards the project. The field is expected to be ready for play in January, 2009.

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