MLB Confirms Big-League Baseball in Williamsport, No Public Tickets

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WILLIAMSPORT -- Major League Baseball confirmed on Thursday that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will play a regular-season game in Williamsport in August.

The game, dubbed the "MLB Little League Classic," will be played Sunday, August 20 at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

PNC Park, where the Pirates usually play, has around 40,000 seats. Historic Bowman Field holds about 2,500 people.

Generations of baseball lovers come to the Williamsport area every summer for the Little League World Series. For the first time ever, a Major League game will be played in the city.

On Sunday, August 20, the fourth day of the Little League action, the Pirates and the Cardinals will face off at BB&T Park at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport.

It's right across the street from where the first little league game was played.

"The players will come over here to South Williamsport prior to the game, hang out with the teams competing in the Little League World Series, and then all of those Little Leaguers will have the chance to go over to Bowman Field and see the Pirates and the Cardinals face off ," said Little League official Brian McClintock.

The bad news for baseball fans, however, is that the game will not be open to the general public.

According to a post from the Williamsport Crosscutters' website, the game will be open to Little Leaguers and their families.

Over $1 million in renovations to Bowman Field will be finished by the beginning of the Crosscutters season in June.

There will be 2,500 seats available. PNC Park in Pittsburgh holds about 40,000 people.

There is no word yet on any plans to add additional seating at Bowman Field.

Major League players will be attending Little League games to start the day, followed by the MLB game that night, according to a release from Major League Baseball.


  • Mike

    Why isn’t this gonna be open to season ticket holders not like they get anything for holding those season tickets why not a free game

    • Malley

      Season ticket holders get their season tickets after paying for them. That entitles them to the games they paid for. Because I buy my gas at the same station all year doesn’t entitle me to a free fill up – does it?

  • Solomon Grundy

    I think it is great that these teams are coming to the area…hopefully Lloyd goes to the game and gets hit by a foul ball…I will purchase him a ticket!!!

  • Billtown

    Why would you have the Pirates and Cardinals play?.. why not the Phillies?.. you know, the MLB team that the Williamsport Crosscutters are affiliated with… Guess that would just make too much sense.

    • Daniel Olszewski

      it because both teams have players with ties to the LLWS and williamsport. I dont remember what team, but one of them have a player that played in the LLWS a few years ago

    • Kevin Pierce

      They used to be associated with the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Why not just bring all three teams in and have an awkward free for all in the middle of bowman field.

      “Through 1993, the club was the Geneva Cubs, playing in Geneva, New York. For the 1994 season, the club moved to Williamsport, occupying an historic facility that had not been used for professional baseball for the previous two seasons. The club became known as the Williamsport Cubs, a Class A short season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, retaining that name through 1998. In 1999, the team switched affiliations from the Chicago Cubs to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the team name became ‘the Crosscutters’. At the end of the 2006 season, the team became an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, with the Pittsburgh affiliation switching to the State College Spikes.”

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