PirateFest attracts record crowds

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their annual “PirateFest” on Sunday and were pleased to announce crowds turned out in record fashion for the three-day weekend event.

“Coming off a tremendously successful Pirates Winter Caravan, the strong show of support from our fans this weekend
has been unbelievable.  We cannot express enough the appreciation everyone within the organization has for our fans enthusiastic and passionate support,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly.  “Perhaps most exciting to see was the impact that the passion of our fans had on our players.  Our players are encouraged and energized by the support and are determined to bring Postseason baseball back to Pittsburgh in 2013.”

Attendees were able to get free autographs, attend Q&A sessions, play games and win prizes.  A total of 16,986 fans attended, the largest crowd since the event was moved to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in 2003.

The Pirates open the 2013 season at home on Monday, April 1st against the Chicago Cubs.

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