The Consol Energy Center
Home of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins and the Arena Football League's Pittsburgh Power, the Consol Energy Center opened in 2010 to replace the antiquated Mellon Arena, which had been the oldest arena in the National Hockey League. The new state-of-the-art arena was praised right away. Many consider it to be the best venue in the National Hockey League, and it was named "Best New Major Concert Venue" by Pollstar magazine.
The arena was designed by the architectural firm of Populous, and was constructed between 2008 and 2010. More than a dozen dilapidated buildings were demolished to make way for the Consol Energy Arena. Its seating capacity is 18,087 for hockey, 19,000 for football and basketball, and from 14,536 to 19,758 for concerts, depending upon the layout.
In addition to hosting professional hockey and indoor football games, the Consol Energy Center is also home to the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University basketball teams. It has also hosted NCAA men's hockey championship games, as well as major concerts and other large-scale events.
Lincoln Financial Field
This is the new stadium built for the Philadelphia Eagle, The Lincoln Financial Field which replaced the old Vet Stadium. This Stadium was completed about January 2003, the roof was finished on December 15Th 2002. The first ticketed event was a soccer match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona on August 3RD 2003.
Parking spaces 22,000
restrooms 1 for every 58 personsRelated to:
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Home of the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field opened in 2001 to replace the antiquated Three Rivers Stadium. Prior to the construction of Heinz Field, the Steelers had to share Three Rivers Stadium with the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. Construction of the stadium coincided with the construction of PNC Park.
The design of the 60,050-seat stadium acknowledges the importance of steel production to the history of Pittburgh by incorporating structural steel beams in the interior and exterior of the building. Heinz Field has been rated the second-best football stadium in the United States, after Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
In addition to hosting Steelers football, the stadium is also the home of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football team, and is the venue for large-scale concerts and other events.
Home of Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park opened in 2001 to give the Pirates their own home stadium. Prior to the construction of PNC Park, the Pirates had to share Three Rivers Stadium with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Construction of the stadium coincided with the construction of Heinz Field. This is actually the fifth ball park that has been home to the team over its long history.
The design of PNC Park was inspired by classic-style ballparks such as Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago, with the best features of the old-time ballparks combined with the latest in fan and player amenities and comfort. It was the first ballpark with a two-deck design to be constructed in the country since County Stadium was built in Milwaukee in 1953. Its seating capacity of 38,496 is the second-smallest capacity of any Major League Baseball stadium.
Positioned around the outside of the stadium are statues of Pirates Hall of Fame members Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and Bill Mazeroski.
The stadium's site on the North Shore was chosen for the affordability of the land, the potential for development of the surrounding area, and the ability to incorporate the skyline of Pittsburgh into its design.
Pittsburgh Pirates' PNC Park
Another review in my series of visits to all the major league baseball stadiums...
Pittsburgh is home to the Pirates who have lately been finishing either in or around last place and haven't had a winning season in a couple of decades but a visit to their home can still be fun because they have one of the nicest stadiums in the majors.
1) Arrival and Departure
Driving in Pittsburgh is a challenge and going to a stadium that's downtown is always a challenge and yet, I didn't feel overly frustrated getting to PNC Park. There is ample parking - only $5 across the river and increasingly more ($15-$20) around the park itself depending on how far away you are - although you should note there are 2 hotels directly across from the park. If you wanted, you could just stay there and not have to worry about where to park - and it's close to freeway entrances making a quick getaway fairly easy. Out of a possible 5, I give this a 4.
The staff of the food stand I went to seemed totally flummoxed by the fact that I wanted a hot dog but other than that the food was good. I give it a 3 1/2.
I give this a 3 1/2 also. It's a comfortable stadium, nice seats and decent legroom. However, not every stand is open, which meant I had to go to another level to buy a scorecard. I understand that they probably don't get as many fans attending every game as, say, the Phillies probably do but still, I didn't like having to go so far to find something as simple as a scorecard.
If I could give it higher than a 5, I would. There was so much to enjoy about my visit. All the employees were EXTREMELY friendly and helpful. I mentioned this was my first visit so one suggested I drop by the Guest Services booth. I'm glad I did because they gave me a pin that's especially for new visitors. Also, PNC Park is located on the river just across from downtown Pittsburgh, giving every seat in the staduim an amazing view of the city skyline.
It's called "America's best ballpark" because of some survey Sports Illustrated did (or was it ESPN?) and I don't know if I agree that it's the best of all the parks but I had a very good time. It's a lot like attending an old-fashioned game - not a lot of high tech stuff going on, they only have scorecards, no programs, and there weren't a lot of people. It was cozy and fun. Overall, I give PNC a 4 and recommend visiting if you're in town and enjoy baseball.
If you're a baseball nut or appreciate the history of the game especially, I recommend seeking out the outfield wall of Forbes Field, home of the Pirates from 1909 until the 60s. It is located not far from the University in Schenley Park.
Equipment: There's no roof on the stadium and it's right by the river so bundle up if the forecast is for cool weather, remember a slicker for any chance of rain, sunscreen and hats for sunny day games.Related to:
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Pennsylvania is as excited about professional sports as the rest of the country. The two major centers are Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, conveniently located on different edges of the State. That location also guarantees to engender a little bit of intrastate rivalry. The two towns have major league franchises in football, baseball and hockey - Philadelphia, also has a National Basketball team - which all have enthusiastic and sometimes rabid fans. The teams even win championships on occasion - Pittsburgh has fared slightly better historically - though generally not enough to satisfy the home crowds. The fans in Philly are especially know for being fickle - or discerning - ready to boo the home team in order to instill the proper incentive. To get a better handle on how the locals take to their sports, try reading one of the local fanblogs, like the pens blog - Pittsburgh Penguins or the Pirates blog among many others. One quote that I liked was the one found at the start of another Pirates blog:
"Every season has its peaks and valleys.
What you have to try to do is eliminate the Grand Canyon." -Andy Van Slyke
In the Canyon: 16 years and counting ...
Equipment: Money to get into to the venue, of course. Face paint and proper team attire if your team is playing.Related to:
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Pennsylvania boasts some 12.5 million people to rank it as the 6th most populous State in the country. There are only three Division I football schools in the State, and of the three, really only one matters to more than the alumni of the school in question - The Pennsylvania State University (there must be something in the bylaws of the Big Ten Conference that advises the use of a definite article in the school title: The Penn state University, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, The University of Iowa). Some might say that the University of Pittsburgh should be included as meaningful, especially since it has more football national titles (9) than Penn State (2) and more undefeated seasons (8 versus 5), but outside of a title in 1976, all of Pitt’s other titles occurred before World War II. The difference between attending attending a Pitt game and a Penn State game is night and day. First, Penn State plays home games in the nation’s largest stadium - largest in North America and third largest in the World. On game day, Beaver Stadium in State College is the third largest city in Pennsylvania with some 108,000 strong. The third Division I team in Pennsylvania for the sake of completeness is Temple University.
Equipment: You still need money to see these sports too! Go easier on the face paint but still wear you colors!Related to:
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This is where all other events happen, such as Ice Hockey, music concert, basketball games. Seating has been known to get up to 21,000, bathrooms can be hard to get to, so plan ahead. Have seen many music contcerts here and the sound is Great! LOUD!! Lot of memories from back in the 70's. ROCK ON!
Equipment: Box Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (only if there is an event that day)Related to:
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They took down the Vet. Stadium
Many years of sports played here, I took Terry to see her first NFL football game here. The Eagles fans are TOOO Much. If you are there to see any other team than the Philadelphia Eagles, WATCH YOUR BACK! This stadium is being brought down on Sunday March 21st at 6:00AM, It gave the Philadelphia over 30 years of service and has made way for the new stadium. So I had to take a shot for old time sake, it won't be here any more!Related to:
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Canoeing down the Delaware River. Depending on the time of year there are some pretty good rapids to contend with! When we went it was pretty calm except for a few areas. Which meant sore arms for me!
Our trip was maybe 10 or 15 miles downriver. But you can choose the length of your trip. The nice people at Kittatinny Canoes will give you a few options and let you know approximately how long each will take. There are "docking" points at various locations on the Delaware. When you get to your stopping point someone will be there with a bus to take you back upriver to your car.
They also have rafts available.
Equipment: Everything is supplied by the canoe company, boat, paddles, lifejackets...
you may want to bring an Underwater camera.Related to:
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Walk to the Bridal Veil Falls. Here you will follow a nice trail by the Pond Run stream. The stream soon flows into the Little Bushkill where the mountain path leads deep into the forest. Spring-fed waters tumble down the mountain side in a series of three lovely falls, so misty in their appearance they are named for brides of love.
Equipment: Good walking shoes
Golfing at Grandview Golf Club in North Braddock is an experience for the experienced golfer. People refer to it as a challenge and they seem to really enjoy themselves.Related to:
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