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Big turnout for PirateFest

Even with a Steelers rally across town Friday night and snow blanketing the city Sunday, total attendance for the three-day PirateFest was 15,127 — an increase of 4 percent over last year. It’s the third-highest tally since the event moved to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in 2004.

“Pirates fans have once again proven to be some of the most passionate in all of baseball,” president Frank Coonelly said.

The Pirates said sales of their new value-priced season-ticket plans were “popular” during PirateFest, but the team did not release any hard data regarding sales. Heading into the weekend, marketing director Lou DePaoli told me season-ticket renewals were off slightly but new purchases were trending slightly better than expected. Look for more details on this in tomorrow’s Trib.

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