Pirates call for 'blackout'; No big screen for playoffs

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PITTSBURGH —

It’s not just a catch-phrase anymore -- BUCtober begins Tuesday!

The Pirates will make their first playoff appearance in 21 years at PNC Park on Tuesday night. The first pitch  is set for 8:07 p.m.

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Hundreds of peple gathered in Market Square Monday at noon for a pep rally, while the team called for anyone attending Tuesday's game to wear black to show their support.

The Bucs play the Reds in their first “do or die” wild-card game after sweeping them over the weekend.

Meanwhile, it appears that anyone without a ticket to get inside will have to watch the game elsewhere. A local man proposed that a big screen be made available to fans to watch the game outside of PNC Park. Team officials said they looked into the idea but determined that they were unable to do so because of space restrictions.

"We have had significant internal and external discussions regarding the feasibility of setting up an area for fans to view the Wild Card game on a big screen outside of PNC Park.  Unfortunately, there is simply no space around the ballpark when the team is playing at home that could accommodate the TVs and the many fans who would want to watch the game outside of PNC Park. 

More than 40,000 fans will pack PNC Park on Tuesday night, which is more than double the capacity at CONSOL Energy Center.  As our fans know from the large crowds at PNC Park this season, parking in and around the North Shore is very limited.  Adding a large outdoor viewing party event would further stress the traffic, parking availability and overall experience of fans coming to and leaving the ballpark. 

We have, however, explored hosting a Pirates Postseason Block Party within the footprint of PNC Park for fans to gather and watch Postseason road games.  We are hopeful that is an announcement we can make in the coming days," Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said Monday.