North Hills businessman wants big screen for Pirates playoff games



PITTSBURGH - A local businessman said he wants Pirates fans to be able to watch the Buccos’ run for the playoffs on a big screen.

“Kids should be able to see the game in an atmosphere that says, ‘This is Pittsburgh. This is what we’re all about,’” Davis Martin said.

With less than a month left in the regular season, Martin is floating the idea of having a big screen set up outside for Pirates fans, much like the one Penguins fans have been able to enjoy during their playoff runs.

Martin said he wants everyone to be able to watch, at the very least, the first playoff game from venues like the Roberto Clemente Bridge, Point State Park or Heinz Field.

He has taken his campaign to Facebook, where hundreds of people have joined him in support. Now Martin said he’s looking for sponsors.

“I left messages with PPG, Heinz Corporation, US Steel and said it’s time for corporations to step up,” Martin said.

The most important groups that need to be on board are the Pirates, Major League Baseball and the network broadcasting the games.

"They should let us have one busted-loose, good ole party time with this thing.  That's what should happen,” said Martin.

Pirates officials said they have heard about the idea and “need to look at it some more.”