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PNC Park

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PNC Park
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Opened March 31, 2001
Capacity 38,365
Owned By

City of Pittsburgh Sports & Exhibition Authority

Architect:

HOK Sport (Kansas City) &
L.D. Astorino & Associates (Pittsburgh)

Dimensions:

Left
Left-Ctr
Deep L.C.
Center
Right-Ctr
Right



325 ft.
389 ft.
410 ft.
399 ft.
375 ft.
320 ft.

PNC Park is a baseball stadium located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It opened in 2001, shortly after the controlled implosion of Three Rivers Stadium. PNC Park is home to the Pirates, Pittsburgh's Major League Baseball team, and is named after PNC Bank, which bought the naming rights.

The stadium was built with public money after a long political debate. Mayor Tom Murphy originally proposed a sales tax increase to fund building of PNC Park and Heinz Field, but this proposal was rejected in a referendum. Mayor Murphy changed the funding plan, called it "Plan B", and put it into effect.

PNC Park was the smallest of the new major league baseball stadiums to be built in recent years. It was the first permanent facility to be built for a major league baseball team that hosted fewer than 40,000 since Milwaukee County Stadium, which was later expanded. It was also the first to be built with two decks rather than three - most of the club seats are actually located within the upper deck - since County Stadium. PNC Park also has the smallest capacity of any stadium in the National League, only slightly smaller than Wrigley Field (Fenway Park is a few thousand seats smaller). The stadium includes 2,800 club seats, 69 luxury suites, and 4 party suites.

The stadium is often noted for its physical beauty, with the Allegheny River and the Roberto Clemente Bridge - named for Roberto Clemente, the Pirates right fielder from 1955-1972 - beyond right field. (Another nod to the late Hall of Famer is in right field, where the outfield fence reaches a height of 21 feet—Clemente wore number 21, which the Pirates have retired.) The right field view also offers a spectacular view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline across the river. An ESPN study recently named (http://espn.go.com/page2/s/ballparks/pncpark.html) PNC Park "the best stadium in baseball."

PNC Park is just up the Allegheny River from the sites of two of the Pirates' previous ballparks, Three Rivers Stadium and Exposition Park. Expo Park also afforded a great view of the Pittsburgh downtown, the way it was a century ago. Three Rivers might have too, had it not been fully enclosed. It is to be hoped that the Pirates themselves will someday recapture the memories of their Golden Years as the "Pittsburgh Lumber Company", and bring a World Series ring or two to this jewel of a ballpark.


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Interior escalators of PNC Park
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View of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle from PNC Park

External links

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette coverage of "Plan B": http://www.post-gazette.com/planb/

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