STEUBENVILLE - If you don't mind driving yourself, a limited number of Steubenville-Weirton Community Night tickets for the July 13 Pittsburgh Pirates-New York Mets matchup at PNC Park still are available.
The event is sponsored by the Herald-Star, The Weirton Daily Times, the Fort Steuben Mall, Hancock County Savings Bank, EM-Media, the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, Trinity Health System, Wine & Beverage Merchants of West Virginia, Choice Brands of Ohio and Iron City Distributors.
"Tickets are going fast," said Cindy Kotsch, community events coordinator for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. "We've already filled six buses and now we have a limited number of driving tickets left. In addition to great seats and a great evening of entertainment, drivers will also be eligible to win special prizes."
COMMUNITY NIGHT NEARS — Steph McVicker, marketing director of the Fort Steuben Mall, shows off her Pirates spirit. The mall is one of the sponsors for this year’s Steubenville-Weirton Community Night, when the Pirates will take on the New York Mets in a 7:05 p.m. start on July 13. -- Linda Harris
The special drivers-only drawings include opportunities for three people to go out on the field before the game and give the Pirates lineup card to the umpires and go onto the field to change the bases after the third and sixth innings.
"We'll have three drawings, and they'll only be for drivers who purchase community night tickets," Kotsch said.
Pirates fans who purchase Community Night tickets will get a game ticket as well as an exclusive Roberto Clemente jersey that's not available to other patrons. There also will be fireworks after the game. Community night patrons will be seated in PNC Park's "All You Can Eat" section, where they can munch on hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, sodas, peanuts, pretzels, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches and more.
Autographed items and Pirates promotional materials will be given away between innings, Kotsch added. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.
Steph McVicker, marketing director of the Fort Steuben Mall, said they're glad to once again be a part of the community night celebration.
"Fort Steuben Mall has been a sponsor of the Pirates Community Days since the beginning, and we'll continue to support this fantastic offering to the community as long as we can," she said. "We all know how much the residents of the area love sports, and to be able to be part of this terrific deal to attend a Pirates game is one of those things we look forward to every year. The mall has been longtime supporters of the Pittsburgh Pirates, working with them on their annual winter caravan and ticket sales throughout the year. I personally always look forward to any event with them since you're always guaranteed a great time."
Those sentiments were shared by Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the newspapers.
"Residents of the Tri-State Area have always supported the Pirates," Gallabrese said. "With the great baseball they have been playing so far this year, there's even greater interest. That's what's makes our community night promotion even more valuable -the package makes it possible for fans to enjoy a great evening at PNC Park at a great price."
Tickets can be charged by phone or purchased in person at the newspaper offices during regular business hours. Call (740) 283-4711 and ask for Dianna Brown to purchase tickets.
"Community night just keeps growing," Kotsch said. "This is the biggest one we've had yet. We haven't had this many people before, ever. It's all inclusive, it's such a good deal and so much fun that we have people who come back year after year."
(Harris can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)