Article by Patch Editor Richard Cook
The Pittsburgh Pirates confirmed Wednesday the team is exploring the idea of setting up an area for fans to view potential Postseason games played both at PNC Park and on the road.
Ross Township financial specialist David E. Martin first proposed the idea in early September. He even went so far as to create a Facebook page where fans could add their suggested venues.
The site has had over 17,000 hits, Martin said.
The Pirates’ Senior Director of Communications, Brian Warecki, said a number of logistical obstacles remain.
“The difficult hurdle to overcome for home games is the significant impact a large outdoor event on the North Shore or in the downtown area will have on traffic and parking when the team plays at home during the Postseason,” he said. “We have to consider the substantial impact it will have on the infrastructure and experience of the more than 40,000 fans coming to and leaving the ballpark.”
Martin said there are plenty of viable options, including Heinz Field, Point State Park, The Clemente Bridge (which closes for Pirates home games), and the Consol Energy Center, just to name a few.
Timing is critical.
The team and city planners have to consider what impact thousands of extra baseball fans would have on traffic, especially if a playoff game is played in the afternoon.
“We will continue to explore the options available to us,” said Warecki. “That includes the possibility of hosting of events in or around the ballpark while the team is potentially playing on the road this Postseason.”
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