Pirates to play through G-20 Summit
Club will keep normal schedule throughout conference
PITTSBURGH -- Though numerous businesses, events and even universities in and around downtown Pittsburgh will shut down during the upcoming G-20 Summit, the Pirates announced on Wednesday that their games during the global economic meetings will take place as scheduled.
World leaders will descend on Pittsburgh for economic meetings on Sept. 24 and 25 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which sits not far across the river from PNC Park. The Pirates will be in the middle of an 11-game homestand at that time.
Though there were discussions about possibly rescheduling the Pirates' 12:35 p.m. ET game against the Reds on Sept. 24 and the 7:05 p.m. game against the Dodgers the day after, the organization received the go-ahead from the city to play on as planned, even though other businesses in the area had been asked not to operate from downtown locations.
"After consulting with the mayor's office, the police department and the federal authorities, we are confident that our fans will be able to attend our games while the G-20 meetings take place in downtown across the Allegheny River from PNC Park," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said. "With a day game scheduled for Thursday before the meetings begin and a night game scheduled for Friday after the meetings have adjourned, we have a tremendous opportunity to show guests visiting Pittsburgh from across the globe America's national pastime played in the 'Best Ballpark in America.'"
The Pirates will announce additional information regarding road closures, parking options and security closer to the start of the Summit as fans attending both games are likely to deal with a few extra traffic and security snarls.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.