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After a return to losing in 2016, the Pittsburgh Pirates begin their quest to compete in 2017 with the 27th annual Piratefest at the David L. Lawrence Convention center.

One of the attendees, star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen did not expect to be at the event this year. Trade rumors surrounded the All-Star caliber player during the offseason.

In the end, the Pirates were unable to get a fair amount of money or ski lifts in return.

The annual event is expected to bring hundreds of people downtown to escape the cold.

Fans will have the opportunity to buy many things, such as tickets, player autographs, and gear.

A new addition to this year’s event is a chance to try out for the Pirates.

Participants who make the team will be given a gift basket that includes a discount on uniforms, equipment, and the concession stands.

The event also expects to bring hundreds of dollars into the downtown economy in parking costs and in people avoiding the convention center’s expensive food options.

The event will take place Saturday, December 10 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is free but spending is highly encouraged to ensure the Pirates stay competitive for the 2017 season.