The Pirates and I.C. Light honor and thank our military and their families with special pricing on game tickets and more. Discounted tickets can be purchased in person at the PNC Park Ticket Windows or online at pirates.com/military.
In 2016, the Pittsburgh Pirates named each Thursday home game as a Military Appreciation Night to honor our United States military service women and men. Programming raised awareness and provided financial support to American military personnel, veterans, and their families through collaborations with military non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh region.
Selected organizations included Helping Heroes, Heroes Supporting Heroes, It's About the Warrior Foundation, Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans, Operation Troop Appreciation, The Mission Continues, Veterans Leadership Program, and Veterans Place.
Honorees from each non-profit organization were recognized in a pre-game on-field recognition and received complimentary suite tickets to the Pirates Charities Luxury Suite. That day's game proceeds from the Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle were then donated to the honoree non-profit. The Pirates players, coaches, and BUCCO Brigade staff showcased their support by wearing specially designed camouflage uniforms and apparel as well.
In 2016, honoree organizations included:
The Military Thursday program will continue into the 2017 season. Pirates Charities is pleased to offer 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving active duty members of our military and veterans in the greater Pittsburgh region the opportunity to apply to participate in this program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applying does not guarantee approval.
During Spring Training, the Pirates and Pirates Charities partnered with local organizations to host active-duty military members, veterans, and their guests for a day of appreciation at LECOM Park. All guests received the new Pirates military cap during a pregame barbeque picnic, before enjoying reserved seating at the Pirates vs. Braves game. Partner organizations included the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Manasota Operation Troop Support, and Veterans Tickets Foundation. ESGR received a Certificate of Appreciation during the pre-game group salute, while a member of the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base threw the honorary first pitch.
"More than 260,000 veterans and their families reside in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including 8,000 children. That's one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the United States," said Patty Paytas, the Pirates Senior Vice President of Community & Public Affairs and the Executive Director of Pirates Charities. "These soldiers, in addition to those currently serving, are a significant part of our community and our Pirates fan base. We believe in what they have done and are doing for our country, and consider it our responsibility to provide whatever services we can to help them here at home."