Down but not Out in the Burgh: Revisiting Stadium #11

My wife and I planned a four day, four city, four ballpark road trip for Father’s Day weekend. Unfortunately, we only made it to our first stop because our 2016 Chevy Tahoe experienced some mechanical difficulties. We started experiencing transmission issues just outside of Pittsburgh; which brought the rest of our trip to a screeching halt, but we made the most of it.

Since we were stuck in the city of Pittsburgh we had no choice but to crash PNC Park Saturday and Sunday on Father’s Day weekend to see the Pirates or the Bucs as they are affectionately refered to by the locals. I think every baseball fan should visit PNC Park because it is a phenomenal ballpark. Walking across the Roberto Clemente bridge never gets old and once you cross the Allegheny River, a tall statue of Roberto Clemente is waiting to greet you prior to entering the park. 

 The legendary Bill Mazeroski. 

The legendary Bill Mazeroski. 

Also outside the stadium is the legendary statue of Hall of Farmer Bill Mazeroski rounding the bases after crushing a walk-off homerun in game 7 in 1960 to win the World Series. Honus Wagner and Willie Stargell are the other two Pittsburgh Pirates statues that are positioned outside of PNC Park. 

 The statue of Willie Stargell is located at the Left Field Gate at PNC.

The statue of Willie Stargell is located at the Left Field Gate at PNC.

There are some fantastic views of the park, but I would recommend sitting in a section where you can see the Clemente bridge and the downtown city of Pittsburgh. It is a fantastic view. There are some great food options including Chickie’s & Petes, Manny’s BBQ, Jim Beam Left Field Lounge and Primanti Brother’s. (I would recommend trying Primanti Brother's outside the stadium.) My wife and I sampled the Iron City (IC) Light which is a premium light beer produced by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company. IC Light is not going to appear on anyone's top 10 beers list, but it wasn't bad. 

 When in Rome...

When in Rome...

Although watching baseball is the only entertainment my family needs, there is a small play area for younger kids and a Family Fun Zone for more family-friendly entertainment. The boys and I received some nice swag at PNC Park, too. We received Pirates hats and Hawaiian shirts that we will probably never wear, but if it's free...it's for me.

Not much has changed since we visited PNC Park back in 2014, except the players. The team has had moderate success since then and the Pirates continue to get excellent fan support. But if you want to know if the Turners enjoyed PNC Park; abso-buc’n-lutely!