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PNC Park Unveils Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Other Items For New Season

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Several new menu items were unveiled Friday at PNC Park, and one of them includes a grilled cheese sandwich that Jason Grilli would be proud of.

The culinary team at PNC Park has spent the entire off-season thinking up new food items to please your palette.

And several media members obtained pictures of some of the creations early, taking to Twitter to offer fans a preview one day ahead of the official unveiling.

ESPN Sports and Business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted out some pictures.

One of the photos is of "The Closer," which is a grilled cheese sandwich with nine different cheeses, candied bacon and an apple compote.

"The Closer is a sandwich that I came up with to kind of honor our closers on the Pirates," said executive chef David Artiano.

Another new creation: Tatchos.

Tater tots with chili, spicy nacho cheese, and scallions.

"A tatcho is a nacho made out of potato tots, tater tots," Artiano said.

Earlier this month, the Pirates announced that burger chain BRGR is also opening its newest location inside PNC Park.

The restaurant is partnering with the Pirates to bring baseball and burgers together at the ballpark.

Fans will be treated to a few of the restaurant's gourmet burger and milkshake options, as well as the Abso-bac'n-lutely Burger, exclusive to the ballpark.

"It's out signature Angus blend burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and of course, bacon," said Brian Pekarcik, the owner of BRGR.

In addition to food, the Pirates also offered a glimpse of some of the free stuff you can score when you attend games this season.

On Sunday, April 20, kids get a Pirates sock monkey. A Pirates fedora will go to all fans on Saturday, May 3. Also, on Sunday, May 11, mom will get get a reusable Pirates tote.

Andrew McCutchen wristbands will be given to kids on Sunday, May 25. But, parents, you'll have to come out again on Saturday, June 28 for your McCutchen memorabilia. That night will be MVP bobblehead night.

There was also a first glimpse of the designs for Free Shirt Fridays.

And seven times this season fans will be treated to Zambelli Fireworks after the game - two games in April and one game each in May, June, July, August and September.

Also, don't forget to mark your calendar for the much-anticipated Fan Jams:

  • Saturday, June 7 - the Goo Goo Dolls
  • Saturday, August 30 - Gavin DeGraw
  • Saturday, September 13 - Lynyrd Skynyrd

For a look at the full promotional schedule, visit the Pirates schedule at this link!

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