PNC Field will be in the spotlight on Tuesday, when it hosts the 2017 Triple-A National Championship Game for the first time.
Last year, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League) announced that PNC Field would host the 2017 edition of the annual showdown between the champions of the International League and Pacific Coast League. Tuesday’s contest between the Durham Bulls and Memphis Redbirds should be a good showcase for PNC Field, which originally opened Lackawanna County Stadium in 1989 but underwent an extensive renovation that was completed before the 2013 season.
All signs earlier this week pointed to significant fan interest in the event, as RailRiders president and COO Josh Olerud reported that ticket sales were approaching the 10,000 mark. More from the Times Leader:
Olerud said Monday afternoon that they’re closing in on the 10,000-ticket mark and only lawn seats are available. The RailRiders president and COO expects to sell into the 11,000-range with a high show rate.
The team is advising fans to get to the ballpark early to enjoy the fan fest and be able to park in the lots at PNC Field. However, there will be overflow lots with shuttles at The Pavilion.
“We keep on double-checking that all the ‘T’s’ are crossed and all of that, but I’m excited to see this place packed,” Olerud said. “I’m excited to see all the special things we’re doing and the reactions from the fans. We’re getting lucky with weather, so that was a big relief that it’s going to be a nice night for a game. I’m excited for the people that are going to tune in all over to see what PNC Field has. We have two great teams here. This is going to be a great game.”
The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern, and will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
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