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PNC Park

Pittsburgh, PA

Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

4.9

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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Pirates of the Allegheny

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.

4.9

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

There are a tremendous amount of food options for fans at PNC Park, ranging from a burger and fries, to milkshakes and pizza. Several of the restaurants even open their doors on the outside of the ballpark to allow non ticket-holding customers to grab a bite to eat.

With the variety that PNC Park offers, it can be tough for a fan to make a decision, but regardless of what they decide, they will enjoy their choice. The ballpark offers a variety of reasonably priced food. The food isn't super cheap, but for the quickness of the service, the taste, and variety, it's not terribly expensive.

Some of the best places are Pittsburgh staples such as famous Primanti Brothers. With many locations all around the Greater Pittsburgh area, Primanti Brothers is famous for their Pittsburgher sandwich which features coleslaw, french fries on Italian bread with your choice of meat. It is a must-get for any of you "foodies" out there. For those looking for some traditional barbecue on a hot summer day, check out Manny's BBQ. Run by former Pirates legendary catcher Manny Sanguillen, the line is never too long and is located on the riverwalk right next to the bullpens; it's a great stop on your way to the seats. Plus, Manny is there himself, sitting at a table, signing autographs for his patrons.

If you're thirsty, PNC Park offers quite a beer selection, just be prepared to pay a pretty penny for it. Ballpark vendors have you covered from Miller Lite to Yuengling to even Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. For those of you looking for a non-alcoholic beverage, consider a Coke or Pepsi, each of which will run you close to $5.00 or a water which you can find for $4.25. Your best option regarding water is to bring your own. Fans are permitted to bring their own water into the games, as long as it is a sealed, disposable bottle not exceeding 24 ounces in size. This does not apply to carbonated beverages, soda or alcohol. You may bring your own food to the game, as long as it fits in a small 16X16X8-inch soft bag.

A cheap, good-portioned option, are the fries from Primanti Brother's. They are a little over $5.00 but are enough to satisfy your hunger. As a bonus, if you arrive before game time or just want to take a break from the game, the vendor is located right next to a beautiful seating area with tables and chairs on the side of the stadium with a view of the river and skyline, a perfect setting on a nice summer night.

Atmosphere    5

PNC Park boasts a terrific fan atmosphere when filled, but it has not always had a well-attending fan base. Recently, as the fan attendance has increased, so has the atmosphere and what fans can expect to get out of their ballpark experience.

The ballpark is beautiful and routinely voted as one of the nicest in all of baseball. PNC Park is highlighted by its unique 21-foot tall right field wall, dubbed the Clemente Wall, in honor of former Pirates legend Roberto Clemente, who wore number 21. The stadium does not offer fans a seat with a bad view. The ballpark is build outwards instead of upwards to allow fans to simply look forward instead of right down, on top of the action, like most other ballparks do.

This makes purchasing the "cheap-seats" one of the best values in baseball. For less than $15, you can purchase a seat in sections 318-321, my personal favorite section to sit in. Straight ahead is the Pittsburgh skyline over the Clemente wall and bright yellow Clemente bridge. The closer you get, the more expensive the seats are, but of course, the better the view of the game is. In what used to be moderately priced seats, Pirates tickets are now on par with the rest of the league, but depending on who is slated to pitch for the Pirates, the price is well worth it.

The in between inning music is usually whatever is popular, soft pop, light rock, even a little country music here-and-there. The jumbotron in left field, above the bleachers was revolutionary at the time it was build, and is still in a way a site to behold. You will not fail to be entertained with the slew of in-game competitions, highlighted by the Great Pittsburgh Pierogi Race. A race that includes five, sometimes six people running around the warning track in pierogie costumes has fans on the edge of their seats in the middle of the fifth inning.

Generally speaking, any seat in the ballpark is great, except for outfield seats. Those seats are more challenging to see all of the action. If you choose to sit in the outfield, do so knowing that you will not have an easy view of the jumbotron, league scoreboard, nor the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline.

Neighborhood    5

Located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, an extension of the city's North Side, PNC Park is in a great up-and-coming area of the city. Needless to say, you should not venture outside of the north shore to the north side, which is one of the city's more dangerous areas.

Downtown Pittsburgh is such a unique place, there is not too much to do in downtown itself, but if you're looking for a bite to eat before the game, check out either the Strip District or Market Square. Both are within walking distance of the ballpark, although the Strip Dirstrict is pushing it at anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 miles, depending on where you choose to park.

If you do choose the Strip District, there are a litany of restaurants and bars to checkout, such as Harp and Fiddle, a traditional Irish Pub and Spaghetti Warehouse. Not to dwell on the same restaurant, but if you are a fan of Primanti Brothers, they have locations in both the Strip District, and a little bit closer (about a half-mile) to the ballpark. The food is slightly cheaper at these restaurants than at the ballpark, but if you are short on time, you will be satisfied with the ballpark food options.

Also near the stadium on the North Shore is Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rivers Casino and Stage AE, where a lot of headliner concerts take place. Numerous hotels are also on the North Shore, from the Residence Inn to the Hyatt Place, both located across the street from the ballpark.

Fans    5

The fan base is passionate but overall has had some loyalty issues over the years. When the team was not winning, the attendance was ridiculously low, but to be fair, the team that the front office put on the field was not of major league quality and fans resented paying to see them play.

Now, with the team statistically in the top-five of all baseball, the fans are turning up in a big way. Most recently, with the Washington Nationals in town for a four game series, all four games of the series were sold out, breaking a series-attendance record with 151,952 fans in total at the ballpark.

This season (2015), attendance has been up considerably and in the 51 home games thus far this season, 15 of them have been sold out. Fans are generally knowledgeable about the game at hand and with the right group can be quite intimidating. If you are not familiar with the fan base, go ahead and search "Pirates fans Cueto Wild Card" on Youtube. The fans were so loud and intimidating that they actually caused Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto to drop the ball off the mound.

Access    4

PNC Park is fairly accessible to fans, with a variety of bus routes running through the city into downtown and free subway rides from within downtown to the ballpark, it won't cost you too much to get to the game. However, Pittsburgh's public transportation is both unreliable and poorly managed. It is difficult to rely on public transportation unless you live right on the busline.

Parking can be challenging and cost-prohibitive. It can cost you around $15.00 to park near the ballpark. Your best bet is to park across the river from the ballpark for $5.00 in downtown and walk across the Clemente Bridge into the ballpark. Flow into the stadium isn't too much of a challenge. Security is quick and painless and it takes you only a couple of minutes to navigate yourself from the entrance to your seats if you enter through the designated gate on your ticket.

You can enter from any gate and walk around the ballpark with relative ease, there is never too much traffic, and if you are patient you will be able to get through to wherever you need to go. The bathrooms are pretty abundant and relatively clean although the lines will occasionally be taxing, especially for the ladies' restroom. There are elevators stationed around the ballpark for fans who are not able to handle the stairs.

Return on Investment    5

In a world where fans gauge their return on investment on the success of the team at the game they paid to see, fans at PNC Park will have fun regardless of the product on the field. From the in between inning entertainment to the venues and things to do around the ballpark, fans will constantly be entertained.

Maybe it's just me, but if I had enough money to do so, I would be a season-ticket holder to almost any team, I love the game of baseball, and to me there is no better way to end a day than a ballgame. Top that off with the entertainment value of PNC Park and you've got yourself a bargain.

Extras    5

What more is there to say? PNC Park is hands-down one of the best stadiums in the country and no matter how long you travel to get there, you will not be let down.

When you are there, if you are a Pirates fan of any level, stop by the Rally Pass Prize Wheel. Here, you will be able to spin a virtual wheel on a touchscreen monitor that guarantees you a prize. Prizes range from free shirts to free tickets, and everything in between.

If you are driving a group of your friends or family and they are drinking and you are tasked with being the designated driver for the group, it can be hard to sit with your group while they are all drinking, knowing that you cannot. Stop by the designated driver booth, located across from section 103 and signup as a designated driver. you will be given a wristband and a voucher for a free soft drink.

Every Sunday is kids' day at the ballpark. Head down with your family and all children 14 and under get a promotional giveaway item. Some of the items this season have been an Andrew McCutchen compression sleeve, and a Francisco Liriano/Neil Walker collectible cup.

Friday's are free shirt Fridays. Every Pirates star from Josh Harrison to Andrew McCutchen designs one of the t-shirts that are given out to the first 20,000 fans in attendance.

For a team that has had such a miserable modern history (20 consecutive losing seasons from 1993-2012), the ballpark is very much a tribute to the team's storied history. From the Roberto Clemente Wall, to the pennants with the years that the team won the World Series, PNC Park is very much a shrine to the past.

Final Thoughts

PNC Park is a must visit for even the casual baseball fan. You will love every second that you are in the ballpark and will want to come back for more. Put this one towards the top of your stadium bucket list.

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.

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