The new two-story performance center, which was constructed adjacent to the existing dining facility, combines leading edge technology with coaching, training and recovery support. It is designed to support the club’s year-round athletic performance and rehabilitation programs in Bradenton.
The center includes coaches’ offices, conference room, storage room, server room, restrooms, and an open exercise area for equipment and group fitness programs. It is equipped with state of the art equipment from Sorinex, Keiser, Iron Grip, Intek, Hammer Strength, TRX, and PLAE Sports Flooring. The equipment companies were chosen by the Pirates due to their commitment to providing the most innovative training solutions for elite athletes.
This is the first of two finished capital improvement projects to the Pirates Bradenton-based facilities that the team will unveil this spring. On Tuesday, February 24, the Pirates plan to unveil the club’s new 22,500-square-foot home clubhouse at McKechnie Field.
The construction of both buildings was fully funded by the Pirates as a part of the club’s long standing commitment to the City of Bradenton and Manatee County. Both projects were completed by Fawley Bryant as the Architect of Record and NDC Construction as the Design Build firm – the same team which successfully completed the recent award-winning renovations to McKechnie Field in 2013.
Bradenton has hosted Pirates spring training every year since 1969. Only one team has trained at its current spring training facility longer. In addition to spring training, McKechnie Field is home to the Bradenton Marauders, the Pirates’ Single-A affiliate in the Florida State League.