Philadelphia-based PNC bank have extended their naming rights deal of Major League Baseball (MLB) side Pittsburgh Pirates’ home ballpark, with the extension adding 10 years onto the current deal.
With the current 20-year deal set to finish at the end of the 2021 season, the Pirates and PNC have agreed a new deal to ensure the Pirates’ home ball park is named PNC Park until 2031.
It has been reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that PNC’s previous deal with the Pirates had seen them pay the MLB side an estimated US$30 million over the duration of the 20 years.
Travis Williams, the Pittsburgh Pirates President said" “We have long been proud of the relationship between our two brands, and are pleased that PNC shares our optimism in the new course we have set as an organisation,”
He added: “The spirit of this agreement reaches well beyond the ballpark. PNC’s shared pride in our city and commitment to make a difference in our community remains an important aspect of our work together.”
The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to take on Philadelphia Phillies in a Spring training game later this afternoon, with play starting at 18:05GMT. All 30 MLB clubs will begin league play on April 1st, with the Pirates set to play in front a limited attendance crowd of 7,500 fans.
Author: Fred Dobberson