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Experience the Park PNC Park Fan Guide
Channeling the Greats
Few Major League clubs can boast a history as fabled and extensive as the Pittsburgh Pirates. That may be hard for some fans to believe, particularly the younger ones who are still waiting to see the Buccos post a winning record. For these and other fans, however, it’s possible to channel some Pirate greats from yesteryear during a visit to PNC Park.
While there are many good ways to get to PNC, none are as meaningful as the pre-game stroll across the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Open only to pedestrian traffic on game day, the Clemente Bridge crosses the Allegheny River and brings folks from downtown; and it’s the beginning of a trip through Pirate history. Once across the bridge, a giant sculpture of the great Clemente stands immortal at the center field gate, posed in iconic fashion, after one of his exactly 3,000 hits.
Continuing down the Federal Street side of PNC, take a moment to snap a picture of the Willie Stargell statue, located outside of the left field gate. Unveiled two days before PNC opened in 2001, this statue brings back memories of Stargell’s 1979 Game 7 World Series home run and his Pirate-record 475 career home runs.
The entrance behind home plate is where probably the most storied member of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands, and the one with the most expensive baseball card: Honus Wagner. Now in its third home (Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium previously), the Wagner statue shows the Hall of Famer as he finishes his swing, head high and staring off into the distance. Take a seat on the statue before heading into the park and remember the eight batting titles, the 1909 World Series title, the $2.8 million snuff box baseball card and Wagner’s membership in the first ever group inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.