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Experience the Park PNC Park Fan Guide
Here’re some inside tips about taking in a game at PNC Park:
…place to get a pre-game beer: Federal Street Grille. This used to be Elliot’s off Broadway, and they set up a portable bar near the left field gate and sell reasonably priced beers and food before the game.
…place to catch a home-run: If there is a home-run hit by a right handed batter in PNC Park, the best chance to catch it is in the $14 reserved bleacher seats, between sections 135 and 137. For lefties it’s the outfield reserved ($17, sections 142-144.) Or stand on the Riverwalk and get ready to dive into the Allegheny River… it’s just over 420 feet from home plate to the water.
…place to get Pirates gear: Honus Wagner store on Forbes near Market Square or the Smithfield Outlet a few doors down.
…way to get to PNC Park: Crossing the Clemente Bridge is a close second, but taking the Gateway Clipper from Station Square across all three rivers has to be the best.
…sections to catch a hot dog: In-between the 3rd and 4th innings the Pirates mascots, along with some human helpers, shoot hot dogs into the crowd out of air cannons. Try your luck in sections 108-112, or 121-125.
…view of the city: PNC Park is truly a fans ballpark, with great views of the Pittsburgh skyline and bridges from almost every section, and no bad seats in the house. However, for the best view and a great photo-op, head to the upper deck (300 level).
…places to get a beer inside PNC Park: Pub 475, outside of section 131 in left field and Beers of the Burgh, behind section 107 in right field.
…place to get a beer on a thin wallet: The concession stand outside of section 135 has Iron City Lite for $4.75 a pop.
…place to set that cheap beer: Turn around and you’ll see a statue of Pirate great Ralph Kiner’s hands, holding a bat. Not a bad memorial for a guy who hit 54 home runs in 1949. Go ahead and set your beer there while you fill out an All-Star ballot, he won’t mind.