Welcome to PNC Park
Welcome to PNC Park, Home of Your Pittsburgh Pirates!
One of the most beautiful parks in America, PNC Park hosted the MLB All-Star Game in 2006.
Although the Pirates will not have their home opener until April 13, against the Houston Astros, this is a good time to see some of the stadium.
If you have not visited the park, I would strongly recommend it at some point. Even if the home team may not be so great, the ballpark certainly is.
Getting There: the Roberto Clemente Bridge
When getting to PNC Park, the Roberto Clemente Bridge is a must. One of the many Pittsburgh bridges, the Clemente spans the Allegheny River coming from the downtown area over to PNC Park.
While walking over the river, many prominent Pittsburgh icons are visible: Heinz Field, the inclines, and the Fountain at the Point.
As well as great views, the walk will save considerable amounts of money on parking.
Entering the park through center field, a view of the entire ballpark opens up. You can already smell the scent of Primanti Bros. sandwiches.
For game admission, you simply stroll up to the ticket booth and spit out your $10. Or, if you choose to upgrade, you can get a nifty seat behind the dugout or on the outfield wall for $25.
Beauty at First Glance
The entire Pittsburgh skyline opens up immediately. Take it in, it's OK.
I think this one essentially speaks for itself. It's a Friday night, the place is packed, and the waning sunlight is just perfect.
The Pirate Parrot
One of the most lovable mascots in the entire league, you just have to see the Parrot!
As he slides across the dugout, shoots tee-shirts into the crowd, or does one of his dances, the Parrot can be seen all over the stadium.
The Pierogie Race!
We don't care if Milwaukee has sausages. We don't care about the Presidents in DC. The Pierogies will take them all on.
Sauerkraut Saul. Cheese Chester. Jalapeno Hanna. Oliver Onion. Get the names straight, Jack. But don't worry, Potato Pete is thinking about coming out of retirement.
Watch for the Parrot to influence this race in some way...
Raise the Jolly Roger!
After every Pirates victory, wait and see the skull and crossbones raised over PNC Park. You have to look carefully for the dread Pirate, though: he isn't easy to spot.
Hanging out in center field, he can be spotted waving jubilantly from the Jolly Roger.
Send 'Em Home Happy - Some Fireworks!
When all the lights go out, don't panic. It's not to save power. It's time for some Zambelli Fireworks!
A brilliant display over the river, fireworks night is truly a spectacle.
And plus, who doesn't love blowing things up?
LET'S GO BUCS!