Getting to the Game (4 out of 5)
Parking was ample minutes before the game at the garages across the Allegheny River from PNC Park. We took the highway to get to the game, but we did not hit much traffic getting to the game. Your best bet is to head over to the PNC Park Parking to see where you can find great parking options.
The Neighborhood (4 out of 5)
We did not spend too much time in downtown Pittsburgh which was a shame. Our hotel was very close to the ballpark, so once the game ended we headed back and crashed early. The neighborhood both looking at the ballpark and looking out into the city was very nice. PNC Park is known for their beautiful views of the downtown skyline.
The Park (5 out of 5)
PNC Park is beautiful. It’s cozy like Fenway Park, but it’s modernized with all the amenities you would like in the 21st century. There were no pillars blocking seats, the upper deck was not very steep, and the concourses were beautiful and the views of the field are open. PNC Park is my favorite park I’ve been to and the view looking over the city is incredible. The downtown Pittsburgh skyline behind the outfield walls adds to the beauty and charm of the ballpark.
Food (4.5 out of 5)
PNC Park has all the classics when it comes to food. With the stadium being new, the design plays into the concourses and lines. I did not experience long lines like at other parks, so it was quick and easy to get your food and back to your seat. Standard items like hot dogs, pretzels, chicken tender, and more were all ample in the stands. The lady who gave me ice cream gave me extra because it was a hot summer night, so kudos to the friendly staff!
The Atmosphere (3.5 out of 5)
Coming from ballparks like Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium, PNC Park felt like a bit of a letdown regarding the atmosphere. The Pirates were not competitive when I went, so the stadium did not have that feel of a competitive team. When the Pirates made it into the playoffs against the Cincinnati Reds, you can hear on TV how electric the crowd could be. However, I attribute to my viewing when the team was not good to the lackluster fan experience.
Repeat Value (4.5 out of 5)
PNC Park is one of my favorite ballparks I’ve been to so far. It’s modern, it has an incredible backdrop, it’s cozy, and the stadium staff is friendly. The ticket prices were reasonably low, so taking your friends and family to a game won’t cost you an arm or a leg. I will try and make it back out to PNC Park in the not so distant future.
Another added bonus was the game I went to allowed fans to go on the field. This act reminded me a lot of what minor league ballparks do, so it was nice seeing this from an MLB team. The reason why I can’t give this entire park a five out of five review is that the team and the atmosphere were lacking from my experience, but I know when they are in the playoffs, they are a lot of fun to watch!