Though the Pittsburgh Pirates may not have the best record (don't tell that to a fan), baseball games at PNC Park can be a fun time for all ages. Even people who are not fond of baseball have a great time!
Inside PNC Park, there are also numerous restaurants. You can try some famous Pittsburgh Pierogies, ice cream, or another delicious treat. Almost all Pirates games give away free stuff as well (hats, blankets, bobble heads). However, the food is often over-priced, but when is it not? Everytime I go to a Pirate's game, I get the Pierogies. You get around six, which is a pretty good deal for your money. Plus, they are delicious. We don't have Pierogie races for nothing!
In my experience, when going to a game at PNC Park, it's better not to drive. A cheap and quick way to get to PNC Park would be to take "The T" to Wood Street, then walk across the Clemente Bridge. Parking is often scarce and expensive. Don't worry about walking Pittsburgh at night; it is very safe. I've done it since I was around 15.
PNC Park opened in 2001 after the demolition of Three Rivers Stadium. The park is enormous and widely considered to be one of the most impressive of the modern baseball park. The backdrop of the Allegheny River creates a wonderful setting for a great night game. Just hopefully you aren't going to root for a home team win. The Pirates aren't exactly known for those these days!
Though he is from Montreal, Canada, Lemieux is hailed as one of Pittsburgh's sports heroes. He arrived in 1984 as the first overall draft pick and helped save the team from bankruptcy. Later he won two Stanley Cups and then saved the team from bankruptcy again when he bought the team. In recent months he successfully negotiated to build the new arena in Pittsburgh, saving the team from a sure move to another city.
Lemieux in honored with a street named after him; it is called Mario Lemieux Place.
The 2007-2008 Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the youngest, most exciting teams in the NHL. With superstar and reigning MVP Sidney Crosby, rookie of the year Evgeni Malkin, veterans Sergei Gonchar and Gary Roberts, plus a cast of other exciting players, this appears to be a team poised for great long-term success.
It had been about 10 years since my last Pens game in Pittsburgh when I finally returned in December 2007. With 30-some consecutive sellout games, I was forced to buy my tickets from Stub Hub with a considerable markup. Tickets for good seats up high on the blue line start at $40 but only go up from there. Parking in the arena lots is about $15 per car, with neighboring lots in the city charging similar prices.
The arena is definitely looking dated, with the ancient orange padded seats stained and torn. The newer Igloo Club sections look better, but are much more expensive. Food and drink options are numerous from local to national beers, and your traditional pizza and hot dogs. Yum.
The Steelers are Pittsburgh's professional football team. They play their home games at Heinz Field, a stadium located just across the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh. Football is extremely popular in Western Pennsylvania and the Steelers are by far Pittsburgh's favorite professional sports team. It is difficult to get tickets to see a Steelers game, so you may have to watch them on TV instead. If you watch the Steelers on TV, do it at a local sports bar to get a feel for how enthusiastic Pittsburgh Steelers fans are.
Equipment: Wear warm clothing if you are going to see a game in October, November or December.
For a bit of recreation while on vacation, I would suggest Schenley Park. It has tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool (in the summer, though it gets pretty crowded and is not the best place for exercise), an ice skating rink in winter, a playground, a golf course, and trails for jogging/biking.
Even though the Pirates have been playing some lackluster baseball in 2006, they managed to put in a good effort and took two games away from the SF Giants the weekend we visited.
PNC Park is a great venue to watch a baseball game and to people watch. If you enjoy baseball, take in a game while you're in town.
The 2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game was Pittsburgh's 5th. Forbes Field hosted games in 1944 and 1959 while the 1974 and 1994 games were played at Three Rivers Stadium. The National League has won all four previous games in Pittsburgh, but the American League pulled off a 9th inning come from behind victory to win 3-2 and extend the AL's winning streak to 10 years. Jason Bay and Freddy Sanchez represented the Pirates and both made great defensive plays and earned huge ovations from the home crowd.
The Pirates are Pittsburgh's major league baseball team. Their home field is PNC Park which is a newer nice park. Food services are really good and the stadium is right on the water.
Baseball season starts in April and ends in September, with the playoffs going on in October.
New Years Eve, 1972. Roberto Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates #1 draft pick in 1954, was making his way towards Nicaragua to provide relief supplies after an earthquake. The first round of supplies had never reached the victims of the earthquake and Roberto was furious. His personal mission was to make sure that this round of supplies got directly to the people. The cargo plane went down off the coast of Puerto Rico (his country of birth) and his body was never found. Roberto was awarded 12 Golden Gloves and batted .414 in the 1971 World Series.
A statue of Roberto Clemente stands outside PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers are the heart and soul of Pittsburgh. We live for our football team, and bleed black and gold. We don't have a team with the cartoon character types from other teams, who make the front page of ESPN.COM everyday with their silly antics. What we do have, are hard working blue-collar style players who are a family, not just a team. The Steelers and the City of Pittsburgh are one cohesive entity. In all seriousness, I wouldn't wear a Cleveland Browns or Baltimore Ravens shirt here. Seriously. You might get hurt. Not by me, but by any number of drunken fans. Pittsburgh has been cited in John Madden's Cook Book as the best city to Tailgate in along with Green Bay. The Steelers are steeped in tradition and integrity, and if you want a true life changing experience, attend a Steelers game. Or even watch one at a local bar.
Pittsburghers are notorious for their devotion to the local football team (The Steelers). From early morning tailgating to jam-packed sports bars, you can find raucous pigskin fans congregating with their local brethren to drink beer, listen to Miron Cope and wave their Terrible Towels.
For a good hometown experience, take in any Steeler game at either Jack's Bar or Mario's, both in South Side. Each bar will be full of locals collecting to watch the game.
The one thing that runs through the veins of all Pittsburghers… is FOOTBALL (Americano). They eat, drink, and live for the sport, the Steelers to be exact. The Iron City and surrounding area lays the birthplace of some of the game’s greatest player. To name a bunch, (assuming you care, if you’ve read this so far), Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Jack Ham, Joe Montana, The Rooney’s (from the same neighborhood), LaVar Arrington, Bill Cowher, Jason Taylor, Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka… and I will stop there…
So if you happen to be in town during the season, and someone happens to die and leaves you a spare ticket, then go. The old 3 Rivers Stadium has been demolished and now the New Heinz Field has been built, (and PNC Park for the baseball team).
It is a big difference to go to a game in a “football town” as opposed to a town with a football team…
Equipment: two tickets and as much beer as you can handle
Made it to yet another new stadium. Sadly I had not made the trip to Three Rivers. But I did very much enjoy this trip and their new stadium.
Equipment: number 16