PirateFest featured free autographs from manager Clint Hurdle and your favorite Pirates, Q&A sessions with players, Pirates alumni and broadcasters, information on 2013 Pirates Season Ticket packages, youth baseball & softball clinics, games, contests, prizes and much more.
Total attendance at PirateFest 2012 for the three-day weekend event was 16,986, an increase of more than 400 fans versus 2011. It was the largest crowd since moving the annual event to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in 2003. The previous attendance record was 16,839 set two years ago.
"Coming off a tremendously successful Pirates Winter Caravan, the strong show of support from our fans was unbelievable," said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. "We cannot express enough the appreciation everyone within the organization has for the enthusiastic and passionate support of our fans.
"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."