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PNC Park

Pittsburgh, PA

Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

4.7

4.4

PNC Park (map it)
115 Federal St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212


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Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 38,362

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Cannonball Coming!

When the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a home run, television play-by-play announcer Greg Brown announces to the viewers; "Clear the Deck. Cannonball Coming!" It's a great home run call. It's not too over the top, has a local flavor and grows on you so that it just seems natural. PNC Park in Pittsburgh is just like that. Though not as steeped in history or tradition as Wrigley Field or Fenway Park, or as glitzy and shiny as Yankee Stadium or AT&T Park, PNC Park may just be the perfect ballpark.

PNC Park was opened in 2001 on the North Shore of the Allegheny River. It is owned by the public authority, Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, which owns all of the major sports facilities in Pittsburgh. At the height of the Pirates’ futility in 2007, they were purchased by entrepreneur Robert Nutting and everything has looked up since. The Pirates are the owners of five World Series championships (1909, 1927, 1960, 1971 and 1979) and have made an appearance in the MLB playoffs as a Wild Card representative in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Pirates date back to 1882, when they were known as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys and have continued their steep tradition and history to the present day. Pittsburgh is often referred to as the City of Champions and has honored their sports heroes accordingly at the stadium and throughout the city. A trip to see the Pirates at PNC is a must for any baseball fan. After taking in a game you may just agree that PNC Park is the perfect ballpark.

4.7

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

It is unfortunate that score for food is only out of five.

The food selection at PNC Park is the gold standard among concessions in the entire MLB. There seem to be an infinite number of concession stands throughout the stadium as would be expected. Many of them are the North Shore Refreshment Co or Riverwalk Grill, which are the standard concession outlets with the standard concession fare. Hot dogs ($3.50), pretzels, nachos, popcorn and the like are all available. However, if you are adventurous or are looking for something unique, then you will want to try one of the truly unique stands. If you head to the third base concourse on the main level you will encounter Smorgasburgh, an area that features many of the unique concession options. Quaker Steak and Lube, BRGR, and Primanti Brothers are all in this area. Rita's Ice Custard Happiness and Menchie's are not too far away either. Behind the center field fence the smoke from Mandy's BBQ can be seen also. You may even get to see former Pirate Manny Sanguillen working that day. As far as recommendations go, there is nothing more Pittsburgh than a capicola sandwich from Primanti Brothers. If you are even more adventurous, try the Cuban Dog or the Cracker Jack Mac and Cheese Dog.

For beverages, Coca-Cola products are what you will find throughout the park ($5.75/$8.50). If you are a beer connoisseur then you are in luck. The beer selection at PNC is phenomenal, featuring major and local specialty brews. Corona, Heineken, Miller Lite, Yuengling, Iron City, Riverstone, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Hop Sun Southern Tier, Full Pint White Lightning and Penn Breweries are all available ($8/$9.25/$11). The local brews are found in the Smorgasburgh area by third base.

Atmosphere    5

PNC Park is in the perfect location and offers the best possible atmosphere for baseball.

Located on the North Shore of the Allegheny River, PNC Park offers a most picturesque location for baseball in Pittsburgh. It is right by the three main bridges that connect the North and South shores, the closest which is named after Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. The Riverwalk between the outfield and the rivers is quite nice on a nice day and it is not uncommon for people to dock their boats here and take in a game. Around the outside of the park you will find four bronze statues honoring Pirate legends. At the home plate entrance you will find the Honus Wagner statue and at the southwest corner of the park you will find Bill Mazeroski, running the bases after hitting his 1960 World Series walk off home run. On the east side of the park are the statues for Willie Stargell and right by the bridge is the Roberto Clemente statue. The exterior of PNC Park is very nice with grey and cream colored brick and stone which accentuates the black steel used for the light stands and other steel structure parts.

Inside the park fans will want to check out the Highmark Legacy Square just inside the left field gate. This exhibit memorializes the local Negro Leagues experience of the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. Bronze statues are a large part of the exhibit including a statue of pitching legend Satchel Paige. A trip through the concourses offer a 360 degree trip around the park. Just past center field you will find the kids play area. Inside the seating bowl fans will immediately notice the smaller capacity. PNC Park only has one upper level to go with their main seating level. A fan is left with a more intimate feeling than found at other stadiums. Along the upper deck fascia you will find the retired numbers of Pirate greats Billy Meyer, Ralph Miner, Willie Stargell, Bill Mazeroski, Paul Waner, Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, and Danny Murtaugh as well as baseball's retirement of Jackie Robinson's number 42. The press box is right behind home plate at the top of the stadium. Immediately below that are the pennants for the five World Series championships the Pirates have earned. Behind left field stands the video board which is pretty decent. There are a whole host of little things that help PNC Park feel like the perfect park from the wrought iron fences to the Pirates shrubbery in the batter's eye.

The in-game production is also great with a good balance of promotions that do not lead to that feeling of being overloaded. The balance of traditional organ with modern music is good. The Parrot mascot does his thing and caters to the kids. One of the highlights of the production would have to be the Pierogie Race, one of the better mascot races in the league. Sundays in the summer are kids' days and Federal St is closed and a bunch of activities are available for the kids before the game.

The sightlines at PNC Park are great. However, one would be remiss if they missed the opportunity to catch the game with the fantastic view of the bridges, river and downtown Pittsburgh. Pick a seat somewhere behind the plate or along the bases with a great view of the outfield.

Neighborhood    5

The North Shore neighborhood is fantastic and offers a variety of pre and post game food options. Federal Street has a couple of restaurants that are a part of PNC Park's exterior. Atria's is a good choice here for a drink or food. Other spots in the immediate area include SoHo, Mullen's Bar and Grill, Beerhead Bar, McFadden's, the Tilted Kilt and Jerome Bettis Grill 36.

Some of the other activities in the area include kayaking on the Allegheny, the Andy Warhol Museum and the Byham Theatre on the other side of the river. Just up the street from PNC Park is Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers. On the other side of the river is the Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Further south you will also find Petersen Events Center which hosts the Pitt Panthers basketball programs.

There are a number of hotels nearby that will leave the fan with an extremely short walk to PNC Park. These include the Hyatt Plaza Pittsburgh, Residence Inn, Spring Hill Suites and Holiday Inn.

Fans    4

Pirate fans are as good as any other set of fans in Major League Baseball. The Pirates had numerous terrible years, but the last three specifically have been pretty good. In the 2014 season, the Pirates averaged over 30,000 fans per game, and they did the same in the 2015 season. The 2016 season has seen a little dip in attendance figures, but that could be due to the review date coming before the summer months of July and August. These figures put the Pirates in the middle of the pack for average attendance in the MLB. They are about the same for the capacity filled at home dates. The Pirates have some room to grow, but they are by no means in a bad position attendance wise.

The fans in attendance are knowledgeable and polite. They are into the game and supportive of the Pirates when they do something great and the noise level rises when the Pirates really need a boost.

Access    4

Getting to PNC Park is not too difficult. It is easily accessible from I-279, which is immediately north of the ballpark. The I-579 is just east of the ballpark as well. A couple of things should be remembered however. Pittsburgh is not the easiest city to get around. It is full of hills and valleys and there are of course the three rivers right downtown. Bridges closing, specifically the Roberto Clemente Bridge, during game days can be an issue, so plan your route well.

If you are interested in public transportation, there are a number of buses that travel nearby streets including both East and West Commons as well as Ridge Ave. On the other side of Heinz field is the Allegheny Subway station. Check out the Port Authority of Allegheny website for maps, schedules and fares.

With close proximity to Heinz Field comes a plethora of parking options. There are huge parking lots to the west of PNC Park and a number of other surface lots and parking garages. If you like to plan your parking ahead of time, websites like ParkWiz or Parking Panda are a great help and take the guesswork out of parking for the ballgame.

Getting around PNC Park is not a problem at all. The concourses have ample space and movement is not a problem. Getting to the upper deck can be a dizzying experience if you take one of the large rotunda to get there. The washroom facilities are also more than adequate.

Return on Investment    5

Getting to a Pirates game offers the opportunity for fans to experience a Major League Baseball experience at a relatively decent price. The Pirates, like many other MLB teams employs a real-time ticketing model. This means that prices for tickets may fluctuate. However, according to the 2015 fan cost index, the Pirates were in the bottom third of all teams in the MLB and had average ticket prices of just under $20. Parking and concession prices are also reasonable. The Pirates and PNC Park also provide one of the best experiences in all of Major League Baseball and offer a very strong return for the investment that the fan provides.

Extras    5

An extra mark for the fantastic location and view of the Allegheny River, Roberto Clemente Bridge and South Shore of Downtown Pittsburgh, from the stands at PNC Park.

An extra mark for the grassroots rumbling that Major League Baseball should retire number 21 for all teams in honour of the Pirates Roberto Clemente.

An extra point for the City of Pittsburgh going beyond expectation. The idea of Pittsburgh as a dirty Steel City is far from the truth, and the first trip to Pittsburgh will be a pleasant surprise.

Two extra points for a great focus on kids every Sunday. The street party and Sunday giveaways are showing that the Pirates are doing everything within their power to attract the next generation to the ballpark.

Final Thoughts

A trip to PNC Park to see the Pittsburgh Pirates needs to be part of every baseball fan's bucket list. It is one of the premiere destinations in all of Major League Baseball, yet is not priced to be a premiere destination. Once you visit PNC Park for the first time, you will quickly realize that it won't be your last time. Cannonball Coming!

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As of the date of this post, the Pirates have lost 935 games since they moved into PNC Park, and the

As of the date of this post, the Pirates have lost 935 games since they moved into PNC Park, and their best season was a mere 75 wins in 2003. No ballpark this beautiful should have to endure losing like that. Unless something miraculous happens, 2010 will be the worst season since the early 1950's for the Pirates, and that's saying an awful lot.

by paul | Sep 09, 2010 06:34 AM

Under-rated a bit

Seems like you short changed them on the food and on the ROI. First, any place where you can get a Primanti Bros sandwich must score better than a 2! Overall, I feel like PNC Park is well worth the investment.

A couple of other cool things for a trip to PNC, th eoriginal home plate from Forbes Field and part of the left field (I think) wall are located on the campus of Pittsburgh, and is well worth the 10-15 minute side trip. Also, I love that the RF wall is 21 feet high in reverence of Roberto Clemente (who wore #21).

Granted, I've never been to PNC when it was a full crowd, so that may affect some of the scores, but I would think it would just add to the exuberance of a beautiful setting, and what to me is a near-perfect park...

by paul | Aug 27, 2011 12:52 PM

My take

"If you can go on a low attendance night......," that is pretty much all they have at PNC Park. I was surprised to see a sell-out.

I went there in 2001 for a Reds/Pirates game on Roberto Clemente Bobblehead Day. Outside the park I was able to get a free ticket for myself and then my friend. I then got another and another and so on, until I had about seven extra free tickets handed to me by fans with extra tickets,

Being the enterprising capitalist that I am I figured that I could sell the extra tickets for $5ea to fans that think you have to buy tickets and cover my food costs. I sold the first two and then a guy comes up to me with a Pirate retro jersey on and asks me how much for a ticket. I said it was five bucks and he pulls his jersey back to uncover a police badge hooked to his belt. He was an undercover policeman. He told me selling tickets was illegal, I about pooped in my pants. I asked him if I could just tear the remaining tickets up and turn away from my wicked, criminal ways, if he would let me off. He said yes, and I felt fortunate to hustle into PNC Park not wearing handcuffs.

That was the start of a fun day at PNC Park. Also I found free street parking, so it cost me zero.

by CigarBoy | Aug 27, 2011 01:07 PM

Food

The food is great, if they have it. But when you are out of all soda except Sierra Mist on the first day of a home stand that is just awful. It took me 2 innings to make my way down to the lower level for those pictures behind home plate. It would have taken another 1 1/2 innings to just get to the Pirmanti Bros stand, let alone make it all the way back to my seat. The place just isn't built for that many people. Even baseball writing gods like Posnanski said the same on twitter from his visit the week after mine.

by collegiatestdms | Aug 28, 2011 10:30 AM

C-stand service was horrible

I went to PNC in July to see the Reds play there, and was very disappointed in the service at the concession stands. i waited nearly two innings just to get something to drink. A local in line in front of me said the staffing is always at a a "low attendance" level, so when a big crowd unexpectedly turns out for the game, every stand is under-staffed. A reasonable explanation, but not a good excuse for poor service. Contingency plans should be in place to make sure nobody waits in line a long time. Beautiful park, but I won't go back any time soon.

by CBJRedsOSUfan | Oct 12, 2011 11:56 AM

Light Rail Access

A new light rail connection has been completed this spring, 2012. There are two stations now on the North Shore, one near PNC Park for the Pirates and the other next to Heinz Field.

With an agreement between the Steelers, the nearby casino, and other parties, the "T", as it is called, is a free ride both ways from the downtown station to both North Shore stations.

by mac | May 10, 2012 09:40 PM

Pirates vs. Reds

I went to the Reds vs. Pirates game this past September. The ballpark itself was surprisingly really cool! Everyone was very friendly, even to a group of guys all decked out in the opposing teams colors. I thought the entertainment value was great. It reminded me of the single A ball club Dayton Dragons, where the majority of fans are there for entertainment as well as the game..no offense Pirates fans. Food was great. I took Steven's advice and got the Crab Fries with cheese sauce (located behind section 130). They were awesome and it's definitely a snack for 2 or more! Access was amazingly simple thanks to the new subway line. While it's free to get on, be prepared to wait a bit as the system gets overwhelmed from the crowds. I suggest sitting on the home dugout side so you look out into the city. The visitor side has a straight shot of the scoreboard. Overall great experience and definitely will be back when the Reds are in town.

by Joepiechota | Oct 17, 2012 09:48 PM

Awesome

Is there a better view in baseball no. Absolutely no and anyone who tells you different is a liar. From the Pittsburgh skyline to the river to the Roberto Clemente bridge this park offers the most breathtaking vistas of the city it represents. The park is also small and cozy and almost has the feel of a minor league park. In terms of affordability you can get pretty close to the action without taking out a second mortgage and the food prices are still ballpark prices but nothing outragious. If you are hungry have the Primanti Brothers sandwich, I truly believe if God ate sandwiches he would eat these. PNC park is the best park I've been to by far and now that the Pirates are competitve again the crowds will no doubt be even more electric. When they made PNC I think they said let's take Camden Yard but add a cityscape behind it. Perfection!

by hudster | Aug 08, 2013 11:31 AM

perhaps my favorite ballpark

Of the ballparks I have been to, this visit resulted in one of my favorite experiences.

Summer day...low 70's, partly cloudy with low humidity...for a day game??....in the summer??....

This would have been a fantasy for someone (me) that grew up in Houston, Texas - even for the fall.

Although the Astrodome lent itself to a comfortable environment, and Minute Maid Park (the juice box) is pristine, the outdoor baseball game experience in non-"Houston weather" was something to remember.

The walk from the hotel on the river felt safe, and the atmosphere around the park with the restaurants was quite festive, not to mention the view of the skyline and the river!...

by mileo | Sep 11, 2013 08:51 AM

Atmosphere better

Now that the Pirates had a winning season last year, I think you can say that the fans are a lot more into games at PNC than in previous years. Also worth noting, Port Authority (or, to us Yinzers, PAT) light rail service (aka "The T") stops within a block of PNC Park and is within the fare free zone covering Downtown and the North Shore, which makes for a viable option if you're staying at a Downtown hotel... Though there's nothing like walking over the Clemente Bridge heading to or from a Pirates game.

by ctrabs0114 | Apr 23, 2014 11:29 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Pirates of PNC

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 5

PNC has been the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2001. The park holds 38,496 fans. The park is an absolute masterpiece, one of the best parks in America. But, will the FANFARE score reflect this once we look at various aspects of the fan experience?

Pittsburgh's Perfect PNC Park

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Pittsburgh's beautiful PNC Park receives accolades as being one of the best of the 21st century ballparks. There is no doubt that the Pirates did everything right. Location, scenery, and fitting tributes to the Pirates rich history are all done just right.

Unfortunately what's missing is the product and patrons. The Pirates completed their 17th consecutive losing season in 2009, and have not cracked the 70-win plateau since 2004. Despite its beauty, the lack of a contending team has left the stands relatively empty, and has deprived this treasure of the full appreciation that it richly deserves.

PNC Park

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

PNC Park may be my favorite ballpark. There's something about seeing the downtown past the bleachers. If only they had a better team. One of the prettiest parks, but understandably the crowd is small. Imagining a full park in that setting just gets me excited.

The best place to see a game in ALL of the MLB

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

PNC is absolutely my favorite ballpark. I'm not a local to Pittsburgh, and we make a trip to Pittsburgh at least every two years. The atmosphere is unmatched. The view of the river and downtown combined with the sheer beauty of the park make it beyond reproach. The food selections are vast. The diehard fans that show up do a great job of supporting their team. I'm not sure you can get better tickets for a better price. Tickets that would be in the $70s in my home park are in the $30s at PNC. Sunday's are great for the kids with the big street party with inflatable jumping things. Overall, a can't miss roadtrip!

Best In the Major Leagues

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

I attended the Reds - Pirates, 3 game series the first of May. This was my first visit to PNC Park and I could not have been more satisfied. This is a beautiful park with an outstanding view of the Roberto Clemente Bridge and Downtown Pittsburgh. Our first night we sat in a field level box down the third baseline adjacent to the Pirates dugout. Excellent seats at a great price. For the Saturday Night game we opted for the club level. This gave us additional options as for food and beverages and we did not have to wait in line. Plus we had access to a full service bar pool tables and alive feed of the game. For the Sunday afternoon game we were once again in a field level box, 3-rows off the field on the first base side. Again we enjoyed excellent seats for a great price. Seriously I don't think there is a bad seat in this stadium. Each game of the series there were in excess of 20,000 fans in the stands with over 33,000 for the Saturday Night Game. The Pirates Fans showed that they can get excited when the team is playing well. If the Pirates ever find themselves in contention late in the season their fans will show up and be loud. Each night we parked in one of the parking garages across the river in downtown. We found that event parking was fairly reasonable at $10-$15, and enjoyed a short walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge. The Pirates offer the most reasonable seating prices in the Major Leagues and their food and beverage prices are in line with other professional sports venues. It's a 5 and a half hour drive from my home on Virginia to Pittsburgh but we enjoyed the Pirates and PNC Park so much that we are Returning in August for another Series. All in all PNC Park and the Pirates offer great seat at a very reasonable price, give you a great variety of food and Beverage and everyone connected with the organization, including vendors, ticket takers and ushers make you feel welcome and they are really glad that you came. Best park in the Majors.

Best In the Major Leagues

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

I attended the Reds - Pirates, 3 game series the first of May. This was my first visit to PNC Park and I could not have been more satisfied. This is a beautiful park with an outstanding view of the Roberto Clemente Bridge and Downtown Pittsburgh. Our first night we sat in a field level box down the third baseline adjacent to the Pirates dugout. Excellent seats at a great price. For the Saturday Night game we opted for the club level. This gave us additional options as for food and beverages and we did not have to wait in line. Plus we had access to a full service bar pool tables and alive feed of the game. For the Sunday afternoon game we were once again in a field level box, 3-rows off the field on the first base side. Again we enjoyed excellent seats for a great price. Seriously I don't think there is a bad seat in this stadium. Each game of the series there were in excess of 20,000 fans in the stands with over 33,000 for the Saturday Night Game. The Pirates Fans showed that they can get excited when the team is playing well. If the Pirates ever find themselves in contention late in the season their fans will show up and be loud. Each night we parked in one of the parking garages across the river in downtown. We found that event parking was fairly reasonable at $10-$15, and enjoyed a short walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge. The Pirates offer the most reasonable seating prices in the Major Leagues and their food and beverage prices are in line with other professional sports venues. It's a 5 and a half hour drive from my home on Virginia to Pittsburgh but we enjoyed the Pirates and PNC Park so much that we are Returning in August for another Series. All in all PNC Park and the Pirates offer great seat at a very reasonable price, give you a great variety of food and Beverage and everyone connected with the organization, including vendors, ticket takers and ushers make you feel welcome and they are really glad that you came. Best park in the Majors.

Practically Perfect PNC Park

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Pittsburgh's beautiful PNC Park receives accolades as being one of the best of the 21st century ballparks. There is no doubt that the Pirates did everything right. Location, scenery, and fitting tributes to the Pirates rich history are all done just right. Unfortunately what's missing has been the product and patrons. The Pirates completed their 19th consecutive losing season in 2011. Despite its beauty, the lack of a contending team has left the stands relatively empty, and has deprived this treasure of the full appreciation that it richly deserves. If the Pirates can contribute a winning team, then this ballpark can be one of the best in baseball.

Beautiful Stadium

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

PNC Park does so many things right. The view of the skyline, the food and the ballpark quirks are the best. I hope the Pirates somehow right the ship, the fans and ballpark deserve better.

PNC Park

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

This park has the most beautiful skyline in all of professional sports. From the bright yellow Roberto Clemente bridge to the glass castle, the view is spectacular. The seats are angled perfectly offering great sightlines to the field. The statues are magnificent and even the batter's eye in centerfield is unique. Walking across the bridge to get to the ballpark is a great experience. The prices for tickets and concessions are very affordable. This ballpark is one of the best in baseball.

Raise the Jolly Roger

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Few teams in Major League Baseball have the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Few ballparks in Major League Baseball have appeal of PNC Park. No park in Major League Baseball has seen the lack of success that PNC Park has.

PNC Park is a funny sort of place. The Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County own it, along with Heinz Field and CONSOL Energy Center. Located on the North Shore of the Allegheny River with one of the most picturesque backdrops in all of Major League Baseball, PNC Park has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful ballparks in the entire league.

It must be something special, because the 11 years of Pirates baseball that have been played at PNC have been pretty bad. The Pirates have not seen the playoffs, or a season with a .500 record since 1992. In fact, the only other ballparks in the MLB not to have seen the playoffs (or at least housing a playoff team) are Target Field in Minnesota, Marlins Park in Miami, and Citi Field in New York, each of which are infants compared to PNC Park.

The question then arises, what makes this place so special, when the major tenant has been a disaster for 20 years? Step into PNC Park and you will quickly understand why it is one of the best parks in the Majors.

Best of the new parks !

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Having seen all 30 of the current ballpark in use, I believe that PNC is the best of the "new" ballparks (with AT&T just slightly behind). The setting is outstanding, the ballpark is intimate, and the concessions are top-notch. The atmosphere is a bit minor league-ish at times, but that is one of my only complaints. For my complete review, check out my site : http://ballparkreviews.com/template2.php?in_name=PNC%20Park&in_city=Pittsburgh&in_state=Pennsylvania

Awesome

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

Small Park with the best views in baseball bar none. Great food and affordable seats as well.

Picturesque PNC and for 8 Hours

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

I went back in late June of 13 to see the Pirates/Brewers. It was a memorable experience to say the least. After the 2nd inning, the heavens opened up in Pittsburgh and it was a torrential downpour for 2 hours. Thankfully the game was not called.

Then the PIrates and Brewers played for 15 innings with the Buccos winning.

The park, wow. Just amazing. The exterior structure was beautiful with the statues around it (the Mazeroski statue is probably the best statue I've seen). The seats were comfortable and no major sightline issues and you are very close to the action, even if you are on the upper level. The view of the park was the best scenic view I've been to at this point.

In terms of food, go to the actual Primanti Bros. place and not at the park. It wasn't bad, but the real one is way better. Prices were a little up compared to what I thought and even on MLB levels for things, but nothing insane.

Get there early and enjoy the atmosphere there, especially if you cross the Clemente Bridge.

Only major gripe is the concourses are very narrow and during the rain delay it felt like you were climbing across a ledge to avoid getting drenched. But if that is the worst thing about the park, then you can't go wrong.

Winning Makes Everything Better

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Located on the banks of the Allegheny River, PNC Park has long been the forgotten gem of not only Pittsburgh, but Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh fans were tired of seeing a losing team year after year especially given the amount of success the Penguins and Steelers have had. The city's thriving college crowd found no interest in going to Pirates games, which is understandable considering the fact that the last winning team Pittsburgh fielded was when most of them were infants.

All of that changed in 2013 when PNC Park saw its first winning team since its construction. With the Pirates finally relevant, fans from around the country started paying more attention to the team as they got more and more games on national television. But one of the biggest takeaways from those nationally televised games had nothing to do with the team and everything to do with their beautiful home field.

PNC Park

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

It never gets old going here. What a great view, even better with a winning ball club.

Can no longer be called "People Not Coming" Park

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

With the product on the field improving in recent years, it's great to see the fans return. In my opinion, this is one of the best, if not the best, parks in the country. It's got an unmatched view, great neighborhood, and Primanti Brothers right on the concourse. It doesn't get much better than that.

PNC Park

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Where can you watch a game with a view like that? Only a handful of other ballparks maybe. Great return for the price of a ticket.

PNC PARK - Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Here is my review on the beautiful stadium known as PNC Park

PNC is a Great Park!

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

This is one of my favorite Parks in all of Sports! The view of the Pittsburgh skyline is awesome! I took the water taxi from down by the Westin hotel and they dropped me off right at the footsteps of PNC which was way cool.

Pirates of the Allegheny

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Opened in 2001, PNC Park offers a unique viewing experience, one that should be near the top of any baseball fan’s bucket list. Truly a ballpark with no bad seat, there is nothing quite like being at PNC Park when the stadium is packed with Pirates fans. With an unbeatable view of the city skyline from virtually every seat, there is something at PNC Park for everyone.

With a seating capacity of 38,496, PNC Park is on the smaller side as far as MLB ballparks are concerned, ranking 24th out of 30 in seating capacity. Nonetheless, the ballpark provides an intimate setting for fans and when full, can really get loud.The Pirates have had their struggles with filling the ballpark though, but the fan base has been increasing its population as the team continues to win. Most recently, the Pirates snapped a 20-season losing streak in 2013, have made the playoffs in each of the last two season and seem poised to return for a third consecutive year.

PNC Park is a must-visit for even the casual baseball fan.

Stunning

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

What a cracker of a ballpark! I liked pretty much everything about PNC Park and thought Pittsburgh was itself somewhat underrated as a destination.

A Must Visit.....

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

I visited this park on Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd while the Yankees were in town. On Saturday, I sat 20 rows behind the 1st Base Dugout, (Visitor Dugout - Section 112) it was a great place to watch the game. There were quite a bit of yankee fans in this section. On Sunday, I purchased a ticket in section 221 (between 3rd base and Home Plate, 3rd Row). The view in this section was amazing as you had a clear view of the city skyline and the Allegheny River. The opportunity for a foul ball was very much present as well. My favorite part about the 200 level is the club access. It is super easy to walk around the indoor concourse and it allows you to access different sections/vantage points of the stadium. There were many food options and bar areas in the club level with a limited wait time at each. I would choose to sit in the 200 level every time. With the park having just 38,000 seats they did a great job designing the stadium where every seat is a good one. I'll be visiting Wrigley in August, and I will say, it will be tough to top this park. I hope it does, but this one set the bar high for me.

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