PNC Park Review
Review of PNC Park Rating: 5
by Malcolm MacMillan
- PNC Park is regarded by many fans as the best ballpark in baseball
- Iconic view of downtown Pittsburgh skyline is a notable feature
PNC Park is often mentioned as one of the top destinations for MLB fans; ESPN has called the home of the Pirates the best place to watch baseball in the major leagues. You won’t even have to enter the ballpark’s gates before you’ve gotten this feeling, too. The walk to PNC Park is one of the best in all of sports — once you leave your vehicle, you can enjoy the picturesque walk over the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Traffic is closed on game days, which means you’ll have the lanes to yourself — and be joined by hundreds of other Pirates faithful at any given time. This iconic bridge has a plaque commemorating the former Pirates outfielder at its south end, giving you a cool historic spot to check out on your way to the park.
The ballpark is iconic, in part, for the fantastic view that it provides of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline and the Allegheny River. Regardless of where your seats are located, make sure that you take some time to check out the view from behind home plate. Whether you’re attending a day game or a night game, you’ll definitely need to snap some images to share on social media.
You definitely won’t want to stay stuck in your seat throughout the game. A broad, open concourse means that you can see the game from virtually anywhere on the stadium’s main level, so you should feel inclined to get up and wander as you check out all the sights. Be sure to spend some time in the Riverwalk area beyond right field, the rotunda beyond left field and the upper decks to enjoy the outstanding view of the river and city.
PNC Park has an impressive selection of statues placed around the perimeter of the park that honor the team’s all-time greats. The Bill Mazeroski statue is near the Right Field Gate, the Honus Wagner statue is near the Home Plate Gate, the Roberto Clemente statue is near the Center Field Gate and the Willie Stargell statue is near the Left Field Gate. If you’re visiting with children, be sure to budget some time to visit the Highmark Kids Zone near the Right Field Gate.