Annual Pirates Community Night set

STEUBENVILLE – July 13 figures to be another day of fun, food and baseball for those attending the annual Pirates Steubenville/Weirton Community Night.

The evening includes optional bus transportation to PNC Park, a Roberto Clemente jersey, fireworks, prizes and great seats for the game between the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The popular baseball outing is hosted by the Herald-Star, The Weirton Daily Times and other local businesses, according to Cindy Kotsch, community events coordinator for the newspapers.

“The game begins at 7:05 p.m.,” said Kotsch, adding buses will be leaving the Herald-Star parking lot at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, at about 4:30 p.m. “We have five buses transporting those attending to the game, or people can drive themselves.”

One of the benefits of purchasing tickets through the newspapers is all who do are seated in the all-you-can-eat section of the stadium, according to Kotsch. Food at the park includes hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, soda drinks, peanuts, pretzels, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches and more, she added.

“It’s also fireworks night, and we will have prizes between innings to give away, which usually include autographed items and Pirates promotional materials,” Kotsch said. “We also have someone change the bases on the field (between) innings.”

Ticket prices are $65 for those who elect to take a bus, while those who drive themselves will pay $55, said Kotsch. All tickets can be charged by phone or are available at the newspaper offices. To purchase tickets, call (740) 283-4711 and ask for Diana Brown, said Kotsch. She added that those who are thinking of attending the game should not delay, as area residents who attend every year already have purchased tickets before the package has even been advertised.

“The buses already are half-full, and we haven’t even advertised yet,” she said. “Our regulars who go every year already have made reservations. I have sold out in the past. We’ve never gotten the (Roberto Clemente) jerseys in the past, and hey – we’re playing the Mets.”

The trip is being sponsored with a little help from the newspaper’s friends, said Kotsch.

“This is being sponsored by the Herald-Star, the Weirton Daily Times, EmMedia, the Health Plan, Trinity Health System, Hancock County Savings Bank, the Fort Steuben Mall, Choice Brands of Ohio, Iron City Distributing and Wine and Beverage Merchants of West Virginia,” she said

Kotsch said now is the time to show some team spirit and enjoy fellowship through the area’s baseball team.

“It’s a fun day with fellow community members,” she said.

For information, call (740) 283-4711 or go online to