LECOM Park



Park Name: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Park
Tenants: 
Bradenton Marauders (Florida State League)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Grapefruit League)

Opened: 1919
Grandstand Rebuilt: 1923, 1993
Address: 1611 Ninth Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205

Dimensions: 335' (L), 400' (C), 335' (R)

Former Names: 
Ninth Street Park (1919-1923)
City Park (1923-1926)
Ninth Street Park (1927-1947)
Braves Field (1948-1961)
McKechnie Field (1962-2016)

Former Tenants:
Bradenton Growers (Florida State League) 1919-1924, 1926
St. Louis Cardinals (Grapefruit League) 1923-1924
Philadelphia Phillies (Grapefruit League) 1925-1927
Boston Red Sox (Grapefruit League) 1928-1929
Boston Braves (Grapefruit League) 1928-1940
St. Louis Cardinals (Grapefruit League) 1930-1936
Boston Braves (Grapefruit League) 1948-1952
Milwaukee Braves (Grapefruit League) 1953-1961
Kansas City Athletics (Grapefruit League) 1963-1967
Oakland Athletics (Grapefruit League) 1968
Bradenton Explorers (Senior Professional Baseball Association) 1989


The view from behind home plate at LECOM Park.


The view from down the first base line.


The view from down the third base line, looking toward the palm tree lined outfield concourse.


The grandstand at LECOM Park is broken up into three separate covered seating areas. When the park opened to Spring Training in the 1920's it featured a separate seating area for African American fans.


The pressbox sits above the main seating area. The grandstand, rebuilt in 1993, features a Spanish Mission style facade that is reminiscent of Bradenton's old train station.


A fourth covered bleacher area sits above the left field wall, added before 2013 as part of the latest renovations to the classic ballpark.


The outfield concourse features drink rail seating and picnic tables on the outfield deck.


Flags in the outfield celebrate the Pirates world championships.


The area behind the grandstand has been incorporated into the park as an outdoor concourse, complete with Adirondack Chairs for fans to lounge under the palm trees.


Though most of the Pirates practice facilities are located several blocks from the ballpark, a small practice field can be seen beyond the fountains behind the outfield concourse.


Oversized baseball cards on the outfield wall celebrate former Marauders who have made it to the major leagues.


The home bullpen sits in front of the outfield boardwalk and behind a the chain link outfield fence in right field.


The outfield at LECOM Park.


The outfield curves fairly uniformly around the field, with the boardwalk concourse sitting above the fence.


The height of the outfield fence jumps slightly in left field, as the line score board pops briefly out of the wall.


The Bradenton Marauders on the field during a minor league game at LECOM Park.






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