The Altoona Curve attracted 308,464 fans to home games last year. 

ALTOONA – The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve announced Thursday that Peoples Natural Gas Field will serve as the alternate training facility during the 2020 season.

“The Curve and Pirates have shared a remarkable relationship since 1999,” said Curve General Manager Derek Martin. “Being chosen as the alternate training facility really reinforces the strength of that relationship. Being 90 miles from PNC Park, Altoona is a great location to allow the Pirates to get a player to Pittsburgh, or wherever they need to get to, quickly and safely.”

“The Pirates organization is appreciative of the long-standing relationship we have had for over two decades with the Altoona Curve,” said Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington. “The people, proximity, along with the first-class facility, makes Peoples Natural Gas Field an ideal choice to safely host our alternate training site for the upcoming season.”

Players and members of the Pirates player development staff will work out at PNG Field through the entire season. Workout dates, player roster and media availability information will be announced at a later time.

Players on the 40-man roster who are not on the Pirates’ active roster will be on the “taxi squad” training in Altoona. Twenty prospects who are not on the 40-man roster will also be stationed in Altoona, furthering their development without a minor league baseball season in 2020.

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