STEUBENVILLE - It's not too early for Pittsburgh Pirates fans to begin thinking about the 2013 season and the annual Community Day sponsored by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.
This year's trip will be to the July 13 game against the New York Mets in PNC Park.
The tradition of local baseball fans taking a bus from the Herald-Star parking lot to a Pirates game will be similar to previous trips with one exception - this will be the only scheduled trip all season, according to Cindy Kotsch, special projects and events coordinator for the Herald-Star and Weirton Daily Times.
"This will probably be the only bus trip we take this year," said Kotsch. "We will have five buses going, and we will leave the (Herald-Star parking lot) about 4:30 p.m.
There also will be tickets available for those who want to drive (to the game)."
The cost is $55 for those who wish to drive and $65 for those taking the bus, said Kotsch. Included in that cost is a game ticket in the all-you-can-eat section.
"It will be a Saturday night game," said Kotsch, adding the trip comes with loads of goodies for fans, including a Roberto Clemente commemorative jersey and a chance in a drawing to determine which lucky fan will either change the bases after the third inning or deliver the lineup card.
"There also will be fireworks after the game," Kotsch continued. "(At PNC Park) those going will be able to get all they want to eat from the opening of the gates through the last pitch. That includes hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream sandwiches, sodas, peanuts, popcorn and pretzels."
Kotsch said she expects tickets to go fast, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Those with credit cards can call Diana Brown, at (740) 283-4711 to purchase a ticket or stop by the Herald-Star front desk - 401 Herald Square - from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.