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PNC Park

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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.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location 115 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212
Broke ground April 7, 1999
Opened March 31, 2001 (exhibition
against the Mets)
First Official Game April 8, 2001
Replaced Three Rivers Stadium
Owner City of Pittsburgh Sports &
Exhibition Authority
Surface Grass
Construction cost $262M
(100% taxpayers)
Lease 25 years
Architect HOK Sport;
L.D. Astorino & Associates
Pittsburgh Pirates (2001-present)
Seating capacity
38,365 (2001)
Left Field - 325 ft
Left-Center - 389 ft
Center Field - 399 ft
Right-Center - 375 ft
Right Field - 320 ft
Backstop - 52 ft

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 over 50 years earlier, which was later expanded.

PNC Park 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. It 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. Seats behind home plate are only about 50 feet from the batter's box.

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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 feetóClemente wore number 21, which the Pirates have retired.)

The right field view also offers a wide view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline across the river. An ESPN study recently named PNC Park "the best stadium in baseball." The stadium will also host the 2006 All-Star Game.

PNC Park is just up the Allegheny River from the sites of two of the Pirates' previous ballparks, Three Rivers Stadium and Exposition Park. The latter also afforded its spectators a broad view of downtown Pittsburgh, such as it was in the early 1900s.

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View of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle from PNC Park. This photo was shot on 07/18/2004.

Photo by jon144k


04/09/2001 Reds 8, Pirates 2
Umpires Bill Welke, John Hirschbeck
  Chuck Meriwether, Brian O'Nora
Managers Lloyd McClendon, Pirates
  Bob Boone, Reds
Starting Pitchers Todd Ritchie, Pirates
  Chris Reitsma, Reds
Ceremonial Pitch Pittsburgh Owner Kevin McClatchy
Attendance 36,954
Batter Barry Larkin (strikeout)
Hit Sean Casey (home run)
Run Dmitri Young
RBI Sean Casey
Single Jason Kendall
Double Michael Tucker
Triple Aaron Boone (04/12/2001)
Home Run Sean Casey
Grand Slam Sammy Sosa (04/20/2001)
Stolen Base Adrian Brown
Sacrifice Hit Dmitri Young
Sacrifice Fly Kevin Young (04/11/2001)
Cycle (None)
Win Chris Reitsma
Loss Todd Ritchie
Shutout Jimmy Anderson, Scott Sauerbeck,
Mike Williams (04/16/2001)
Save Mike Williams (04/11/2001)
Hit by Pitch Todd Ritchie hit Dmitri Young
Wild Pitch Marc Wilkins
Balk Jason Schmidt (06/27/2001)
No-Hitter (None)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet

Related Books on Ballparks
The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
Ballparks: A Panoramic History by Marc Sandalow and Jim Sutton.
Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
Ballparks: Then & Now by Eric Enders.
Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel.
Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums by Ira Rosen.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks by Jay Ahuja
Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide by Joe Mock.
Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums by Joshua Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell.
Video: Story of America's Classic Ballparks
Video: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

Economics of Stadiums
City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums by Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums by Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist.

General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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Interior escalators of PNC Park, Pittsburgh as seen on 09/22/2001.

Photo by Jon144k

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