If you’re looking for something to fill the downtime before the Super Bowl, PirateFest will be held this weekend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The longest lines always are for the free autographs. As usual, the Pirates have mixed in a few veterans from the glory days with current players. The autograph schedule:
Friday: 4-5:30 p.m. — Paul Maholm, Doug Drabek, Zach Duke; 5:30-7 p.m. — Omar Moreno, Sean Burnett, Nyjer Morgan; 7-8:30 p.m. — Nate McLouth, Tom Gorzelanny, Ross Ohlendorf.
Saturday: noon-1:30 p.m. — Matt Capps, Ryan Doumit, Ohlendorf, Moreno; 1:30-3 p.m. — McLouth, Drabek, Jeff Karstens; 3-4:30 p.m. — Dave Parker, Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen; 4:30-6 p.m. — Freddy Sanchez, Burnett, Andy LaRoche; 6-7:30 p.m. — Maholm, Jay Bell, John Grabow.
Sunday: 10-11:30 a.m. — Doumit, Parker, LaRoche; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Sanchez, Walker, Karstens; 1-2:30 p.m. — Capps, Gorzelanny, Morgan; 2:30-4 p.m. — Grabow, McCutchen, Bell.
You’ll notice some of the autograph times are different from the hours of PirateFest. That’s because it’s being run sort of like the “Magic Hour” at Disneyworld for people who stay at the Disney hotels. Season-ticket holders will have early admission at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday, giving them an extra time slot of autographs. Also, Buckaroo Kids Club members may enter at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The hour-long Q&A sessions with prez Frank Coonelly, GM Neal Huntington and skipper John Russell will be held 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. The Q&A with the players is 3 p.m. Saturday.
Adult admission is $10. Up to four kids under 14 get in free with one paid adult ticket.