Earlier this week, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said there would be a full-scale shift in the outfield this season, but that won’t be the only change fans see when the team takes the field for spring training.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine announced Friday that LECOM has signed a 15-year agreement to the naming rights to the Pirates’ spring training ballpark in Bradenton, Fla.
McKechnie Field will now be known as LECOM Park. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
LECOM, which is based in Erie, has three campuses, with one in Bradenton.
“LECOM Park is our organization’s southern home and we are proud to announce this agreement with a respected and established brand that has roots in Western Pennsylvania and has quickly become a leader in education in the Bradenton area,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly in a news release. “LECOM shares our mission to help develop young people into highly trained professionals so that they can pursue their dreams. LECOM also shares our commitment to community and we look forward to partnering with LECOM to continue to invest in improving the lives of others in our Bradenton community.”
A new 25-foot score board was also unveiled at the 8,500-seat park that has hosted the Pirates spring training every year since 1969.
LECOM Park will also be home to the Pirates’ Single-A affiliate, the Bradenton Marauders, of the Florida State League.
The Pirates’ first spring training game is scheduled for Feb. 25 against the Baltimore Orioles.