Photo Tour of PNC Park - Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

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    PNC Park Front Entrance

    Front entrance of PNC Park, home of the Major League baseball Pittsburgh Pirates
    ••• Front entrance of PNC Park. ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    Pictures from PNC Park

    Even if you aren't a big baseball fan, the awe-inspiring view of downtown Pittsburgh, the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and Pittsburgh's three rivers beyond the center field wall is reason enough to see a ball game at PNC Park. Home of the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park was selected as the best ballpark in Major League Baseball ESPN for its "perfect blend of location, history, design, comfort and baseball." Enjoy these photos of Pittsburgh's PNC Park!

    Welcome to PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and one of the most beautiful and intimate ballparks in Major League Baseball.

    PNC Park has five entrances, including this homeplate entrance located at the corner of General Robinson Street and Mazeroski Way. The dominating Home Plate Rotunda, a continuous ramp from street level up to each seating level, is adorned with actual newspaper headlines celebrating the best moments in Pirates history.

    Ceremonial groundbreaking for PNC Park took place on...MORE April 7, 1999 and opening day took place just two years later on April 9, 2001 with a sellout crowd of 36,954. It is named PNC Park after PNC Bank, who paid in excess of $30 million for the naming rights.

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    Sunset at PNC Park

    Gorgeous view of downtown Pittsburgh and PNC Park, by David Raboin.
    ••• A gorgeous view of downtown Pittsburgh from the vantage point of PNC Park. ©2005 David Raboin. Used with permission.

    Even if you aren't a big baseball fan, the gorgeous view of downtown Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh's three rivers is reason enough to see a ball game at PNC Park.

    There's no such thing as a bad seat at PNC Park. Sunset views from center field are especially breathtaking, with the Allegheny River, Roberto Clemente Bridge and downtown Pittsburgh taking center stage.

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    PNC Park Riverwalk

    The outfield promenade at PNC Park, shown in this photo, is known as the River Walk.
    ••• River Walk at PNC Park. ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    The outer promenade at PNC Park in this photo is known as the River Walk, and provides views of downtown Pittsburgh, the Allegheny River and the field.

    A large open terrace and walkway between center field and the Allegheny River allows fans to stretch their legs and absorb the great Pittsburgh views, while not missing the game. Called the River Terrace or River Walk, this promenade also features concession stands. The PNC Park Riverwalk opens 1 1/2 to 2 hours before home games to anyone with a ticket, and is open to the general public on non-game days.

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    Roberto Clemente Statue at PNC Park

    This statue of Roberto Clemente stands outside the Center Field entrance at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
    ••• Roberto Clemente Statue, "The Great One". ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    One of three exquisite statues erected outside of PNC Park, Roberto Clemente stands between the Center Field entrance and the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

    The three life-sized statues outside of PNC Park honor the Pirates most legendary players. The Honus Wagner statue was originally placed at Forbes Field, then moved on to Three Rivers Stadium, before its current place of honor in front of PNC Park's home plate main gate. Roberto Clemente's statue was also moved from Three Rivers Stadium to its current location outside of the center field entrance. The third statue, commemorating Willie Stargell, was unveiled just two days before PNC Park opened, ironically the same day that Willie Stargell died. He never got the chance to see his statue in person.

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    PNC Park Grounds Crew

    Pirates' head groundskeeper Steve Peeler and his crew prepare the playing field at PNC Park.
    ••• PNC Park Grounds Crew Hard at Work. ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    Pirates' head groundskeeper Steve Peeler and his crew put in long hours to keep the 2.5-acre playing field at PNC Park in tip-top shape.

    The natural grass and dirt playing field at PNC Park takes a lot of work. Just mowing those pretty patterns you see for each ballgame can take hours. Then there's the fertilizing, watering and even resodding. You won't see brown spots at PNC Park either. If the grass isn't cooperating, then out comes the green spray paint!

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    Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh

    The Roberto Clemente Bridge provides pedestrian access between downtown Pittsburgh and PNC Park.
    ••• The Roberto Clemente Bridge. ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    The Roberto Clemente Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic on game days, providing a safe, pedestrian walkway between downtown Pittsburgh and PNC Park.

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    View Down Left Field at PNC Park

    The outfield wall at PNC Park drops to just six feet in front of the left field bleachers.
    ••• Left field views at PNC Park. ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    The outfield wall at PNC Park drops to just six feet in left field, offering close and personal views of the field from the left field bleachers.

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    Views from Behind Home Plate at PNC Park

    PNC Park provides dramatic sweeping views of downtown Pittsburgh and the Allegheny River.
    ••• Views from Behind Home Plate. ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    From its North Side site, PNC Park provides dramatic sweeping views of downtown Pittsburgh and the Allegheny River from almost every seat in the house.

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    View Down Right Field to the Allegheny River at PNC Park

    It is 443 feet 4 inches from PNC Park home plate down the right field line to the Allegheny River.
    ••• Right field view at PNC Park. © 2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    It's 320 feet down the right field line at PNC Park and 443 feet 4 inches from the plate to the Allegheny River.

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    View Down the Allegheny River from Inside PNC Park

    Picture of the View Down the Allegheny River from PNC Park
    ••• View Down the Allegheny River From PNC Park. ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    Down the Allegheny River from PNC Park three gold bridges, referred to as the "Three Sisters" gleam in the sun.

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    Scoreboard at PNC Park

    View PNC Park's state of the art scoreboard in this photo from PNC Park
    ••• PNC Park's state of the art scoreboard. ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    PNC Park's state of the art scoreboard sits high above the bleachers in left field and measures 144 feet wide and 60 feet tall.

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    View of PNC Park from the Roberto Clemente Bridge

    Picture of the view into PNC Park from the Roberto Clemente Bridge which spans the Allegheny River
    ••• The river side of PNC Park. ©2006 Kimberly & Albrecht Powell

    The view into PNC Park from the Roberto Clemente Bridge, which spans the Allegheny River between the park and downtown Pittsburgh.