Getting to the Game (4 out of 5)
Parking at PNC Park is very easy and straightforward. The game I went to was in the summer, and we found parking right across the Allegheny River. Here are the PNC Park parking tips if you want to find great parking deals for your next visit.
The Neighborhood (4 out of 5)
We did not spend too much time in downtown Pittsburgh, but we definitely had a good view look walking back to our hotel. The neighborhood both looking at the ballpark and looking out into the city was very nice. The most impressive element of catching a game at the ballpark is the city skyline beyond center field.
The Park (5 out of 5)
PNC Park is beautiful and one of the best looking baseball stadiums in the game. It’s cozy like Fenway Park, but it has modern amenities to enjoy. There were no pillars blocking seats, the upper deck was not very steep, and the concourses were beautiful. 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 for fans to enjoy. 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 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.