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Inside PNC Park – Baseball Park Reviews

Stadium Name: PNC Park

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

League: MLB – National League Central

First Date Visited: 2007

Opposing Team: Washington Nationals

Date Opened: 2001

Date Closed: NA

Overall Rating: (1-10) 8

Notable Award: Easy to walk to from downtown and great views of the 3 rivers and downtown Pittsburgh.

PNC Park is a new park, but you can tell it was built for a small market team. Likes its sister city to the east, Philadelphia, the Pirates were a victim of a concrete donut which they shared with the cities football team, the Stealers. The former stadium was Three Rivers Stadium and was built in the early 70’s a result to build two new stadiums for the cities sports team for the price of one. As talked about earlier, the concrete donut was a staple to many cities in America during this time.

In the late 90’s Pittsburgh and their teams decided they needed to break up and get their own stadiums. PNC Park was designed and built for the Pirates, who at this time were already in a 10 year playoff drought, so the fund were not exactly their for them, and the stadium design reflects that directly.

Now don’t get me wrong, the stadium is very nice, but basic. It reminds me of a slightly bigger minor league park. It is a cookie cutter of a basic ball park with nothing special about it to make it unique. The facade along the stands is an odd choice of slate that has a pink tone to it. It seems like it was placed their in a last ditch cheap effort to cover the concrete.

There is a Outback in left field, where if you get in before the game and order food and drinks during the game, you can watch the pirates for free, which is a really cool feature. The crew and I spent a few innings in there prior to getting to the game. The game we went to was against the Nationals, who at this time had just become a team a year prior and as a result, there wasn’t a huge turn out but we had a good time.

While sitting in the stands there is a beautiful view of downtown Pittsburgh, the rivers and the beautiful yellow painted bridges that cross them. One such noted bridge is the Roberto Clemente Bridge. We stayed downtown and we walked about 20 minutes from our hotel, over the bridge and to the game. It was a beautiful summer Sunday. Pittsburgh has a very limited subway system, so walking really was the only way.

As for being Sunday, that led to absolutely nothing to do downtown after the game. We walked back to our hotel, went down to the restaurant and that was empty. we searched for a bar or a strip club and there was nothing. The city looked like a set of a movie with hardly any cars anywhere. It was just as well though, we had left Phillie that morning at 5:00AM to make the 1PM game. It was about a 4 hour a drive from Phillie to Pittsburgh. We took a nap after the game an went exploring.

My cousin and I went down to the bar in the hotel to check it out. There we met a bartender who was very helpful at he Double Tree we were staying. He sent us to this park of town which for the life of me I can’t remember. It was a 10 minute cab ride and about a 30 minute walk back. It was a street in Pittsburgh full of bars, pizza joints and little dive restaurants. For a Sunday night the club we went into was hoping. It is in fact the only city I have ever been to that the girls weren’t impressed with the Boston Accent.

If you are planning on visiting PNC, I would suggest stay downtown, walk to the game and maybe plan for a friday or Saturday night. There will probably be more going on in the old blue collar town. I heard there are a lot of bars to check out before the game around the stadium. Would definitely visit again and the experience was nice, I was just a little disappointed with the over all stadium design specially after seeing Camden and CBP prior.

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Inside Nationals Park – Baseball Park Reviews


Inside Nationals Park – Arty 84 Baseball Park Reviews

Stadium Name: Nationals Park

Team: Washington Nationals

League: MLB – National League East

Years Visited:
2010 & 2016

Opposing Team:
New York Mets & St. Louis Cardinals

Date Opened:

Date Closed:

Overall Rating:
(1-10) 7

Beer Price Rank (2016): 9th highest in the MLB

Ticket Price Rank (2016): 6th highest in the MLB

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Rank: 15 out of 33

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Visit Order: 17 out of 33

Notable Award:
The stadium carried the same name as the early 1900s parked that housed the original DC team, Nationals/Senators


Nationals stadium is a modern day park located near the navy yard in Washington DC. When the Expos moved from Montreal in 2005, Washington became their new home. Playing the first couple years at RFK stadium, the Nationals finally moved to their new home in 2008.

There is a lot I like about his stadium and there are also a lot of miss opportunities as well. First with the likes: it’s easy to get to and from via the Metro. A station is right across the street from the stadium. The concourse on all levels are easily moveable. They are big and wide and have  plenty of vendors available for you to grab some brews and grubs. Also the overall look and appearance of the stadium from the inside is beautiful, for the most part. Great finishes on the building and nice layout.

Now for the bad stuff. There was so much stuff about this stadium that drove me crazy. So many things that could of been easily changed and were left on the table. The first thing that kills me is the view. If the had rotates the field 90 degrees, center field would face the capital building and Washington monument. If they rotated 90 on the other direction, you would of had a great view of the river.  Another thing that annoyed me was the dumpster I was looking at behind the center field fence. There was this big open area used to store crap that everyone could see. Why not cover this area with grass like you did right next to it? Finally the thing the bothered me the most, other than the 9-10 dollar beers, was the parking garages the surround the stadium. You can’t see the stadium from 3 of the 4 streets. They built parking garages around it so there are no grand entrances.

Overall the Park was nice, as I said, a few things that could of been done better, but I have seen worse places in the MLB. The Nationals have been a very good team the last few years, but the three games I went to, there seemed to be more or the same amount of visitors then hometown fans. According to Statista, the Nationals are #6 for highest ticket prices in 2016, see link for all MLB teams prices. They are also the 9th highest in beer prices according to business insider, see link for all MLB teams prices. If you are in the DC area, take in a game. Arty tip: Go to Stubhub for a better deal on tickets and stay away from the hot dogs, overcooked and nothing to write home about. Go to the Fairground across the street after and before the game too!

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