PNC Park

PNC Park

PNC Park is one of the best ballparks to visit in all of Major League Baseball.  PNC Park was originally constructed in 2001 by Dick Corporation and Barton Malow, and is the fifth stadium of the Pittsburgh Pirates since the late nineteenth century.  The total cost of the stadium itself was approximately $260 million, with the owner of the park being the city of Pittsburgh.  As far as seating, PNC Park has a capacity of 38,365, with most seating available at the field and grandstand levels.

The ballpark has some truly spectacular views of downtown that one must see when visiting this stadium.  With its two-deck design practically every baseball fan can catch a great view of it and the game itself.  When visiting the stadium one can also gauge its classic feel, with such features as a brick front, a flat steel roof, and masonry throughout.  As far as other features there is the Pirates Hall of Fame, an outdoor river terrace, the River Walk, as well as many great places to eat.  In the outfield one will find a delicious barbecue restaurant run by a former player, as well as an Outback Steakhouse if one is interested in more well-known cuisine.

When it comes to the dimensions of PNC Park itself, it has a very similar configuration to what one would find in other northeastern ballparks.  The right and left field line are fairly shallow at about 320 feet, with the distance increasing to as high as 410 feet in left-center.  It certainly favors left handed hitters more than right handed, as the 320 mark in right field beckons for home run balls.  Pittsburgh Pirate pitchers should find the stadium to their liking as well.  One thing is for sure though, and that is that PNC Park is one of the well-built ballparks in all of baseball and must be visited at least once by any diehard baseball fan to truly catch the great atmosphere.


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