STEUBENVILLE - There's still time to purchase tickets for the Steubenville-Weirton Community Night at PNC Park and become one of the residents to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Cleveland Indians at the largest community night the stadium has ever held.
The Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, along with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, will host the community event on June 25. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
The deadline to reserve tickets is May 25.
TICKET?SALES — Cindy Kotsch, promotions manager for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, left, and Stephanie McVicker, marketing director of the Fort Steuben Mall, go over ticket sales for the inaugural Steubenville-Weirton Community Night at PNC Park to be held June 25. So far, 315 tickets have been sold.
"The Fort Steuben Mall is pleased to take part in the largest Weirton-Steubenville community night," said Stephanie McVicker, marketing director for the mall. "This gives the community an opportunity to go see a major sporting event, have some food and have some fun with their family and friends for a reasonable price."
"It is going to be the largest community night they have ever seen at PNC Park. We'll have almost the entire all-you-can-eat section," said Cindy Kotsch, promotions manager for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.
Along with the Fort Steuben Mall, other sponsors for the event include Trinity Health System, Wine and Beverage Merchants of West Virginia and Choice Brands of Ohio, EM Media and the Health Plan.
"Our sponsors played a vital role in getting this community night together, and the members of the community have shown such pride and support of this event. If people want to be a part of the largest community night, we still have tickets for sale."
The tickets are $35 each, and participants can enjoy seating in the all-you-can-eat section where they can have their fill of hamburgers, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, salads, ice cream and sodas from the time the gate opens to the last pitch. Each participant also will receive his or her own Pirates T-shirt.
In addition to the all-you-can-eat seating, ticket buyers will have the chance to win prizes at the end of each inning, and one lucky person will have the opportunity to throw the honorary first pitch of the game. Another will get to deliver the line-up cards to the coaches and umpires. "Steubenville and Weirton will be a big part of this game," Kotsch said.
When tickets for the event first went on sale, Kotsch said she was able to fill four buses in three days.
"I'm really excited about the response," Kotsch said. "I've been doing promotions for a long, long time, and I've never sold tickets so fast for an event. It was just phenomenal. It's such a nice package deal."
People who buy the tickets now will have to provide their own transportation to the game, Kotsch noted. "But they still get all the perks of our event," Kotsch said.
To reserve tickets, visit the Herald-Star weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call (740) 283-4711. Tickets will be mailed out the first week of June.
The purchasers of the first 220 tickets will receive instructions about where to meet to get on the buses. The buyers of the remaining tickets will be responsible for providing their own transportation.
"Hurry up and reserve your tickets today," Kotsch said.
The Pirates will face the Houston Astros in the home opener set for 1:35 p.m. Monday at PNC Park. A special pregame moment of silence and the playing of taps is planned in honor of the three Pittsburgh policemen who were fatally shot on April 4.
Pirates players will wear Pittsburgh Bureau of Police caps throughout the game, as well as a commemorative "PBP" patch on the sleeves of their uniforms. The authenticated, signed caps and the game-worn Pirates player jerseys then will be auctioned off on Pirates.com, with all proceeds benefiting the Pittsburgh Police Fallen Heroes Fund to support the officers' families. Also, fans can choose to donate funds at the gates prior to the game.
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