This past Thursday, I had a chance to go to PNC Park for the first time as the Pittsburgh Pirates were wrapping up a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
PNC Park already has a positive reputation among Pirates and baseball fans alike. Many articles ranking the 30 MLB stadiums have PNC Park near or at the top of their lists.
Ultimately, PNC Park lived up to the hype. The park itself is absolutely beautiful and provides tremendous views of the city skyline. At least once an inning, I would find myself just looking around and taking in the surroundings. While I did not get the clearest view of the Allegheny River, I found the surroundings of PNC Park to be top-notch. Furthermore, if you are looking to take in the park in its entirety, PNC Park is great because the stadium is not too big and loops around completely. When a spectator walks around the park, he or she can see both the Allegheny and the city behind the right-field seats, or walk up the rotunda behind left field and see both the game and the city at the same time.
To get to the park, I had to walk over the Roberto Clemente bridge which is definitely an awesome way to arrive. On the bridge are hundreds of locks which couples use to symbolize their love for each other. The Clemente Bridge is iconic not just to the Pirates or the city of Pittsburgh, but to all of baseball. The Clemente bridge also leads to the Riverwalk which is a great place for the locals to park their boat or just take a relaxing stroll by the river, all while taking in the city and the ballpark.
Being in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh, PNC Park has a lot of local restaurants and bars. Behind the left-field bleachers, there are restaurants that will lead right into the park. Restaurants surrounding the park have been common in most ballparks I have seen, and have been a really nice feature within each city.
My only disappointment with PNC Park was the food. I enjoy going to baseball games because MLB stadiums serve food unlike any other sport in the United States. Despite the fame and excitement from locals, Primanti Bros. was okay but not great. Although not my favorite, the food at PNC Park was relatively inexpensive compared to other ballparks.
Overall, PNC Park is an awesome ballpark and a must-see for any baseball fan. With my thoughts on the stadium complete, I look forward to an exciting trade deadline this week.