PNC Park is the fifth home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the city’s Major League Baseball franchise. It was opened during the 2001 MLB season, after the controlled implosion of the Pirates’ previous home, Three Rivers Stadium. The ballpark is sponsored by PNC Financial Services, which purchased the naming rights in 1998. It features a natural grass playing surface and has a seating capacity of 38,747 people for baseball.
About PNC Park in brief
PNC Park is a baseball park located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the fifth home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the city’s Major League Baseball franchise. It was opened during the 2001 MLB season, after the controlled implosion of the Pirates’ previous home, Three Rivers Stadium. The ballpark is sponsored by PNC Financial Services, which purchased the naming rights in 1998. It features a natural grass playing surface and has a seating capacity of 38,747 people for baseball. The park also features a riverside concourse, steel truss work, an extensive out-of-town scoreboard, and local eateries. Several tributes to former Pirate Roberto Clemente were incorporated into the ballpark, which included renaming the Sixth Street Bridge behind it in his honor. PNC Park was widely considered as one of the best ballparks in America because of its location, views of thePittsburgh skyline and Allegheny River, timeless design, and clear angles of the field from every seat. There was popular sentiment for the stadium to name the stadium after former Pirates outfielder Roberto Clementi, but the Pirates made a deal with PNC Bank to name it after the Kansas City-based Pop City Populous City bank. The total cost of PNC park was USD 216 million, and the Pirates will pay approximately USD 2million each year through 2020, and also has a full-service PNC branch at the city of Pittsburgh’s 6th Street Bridge near the southeast corner of the city. The site selected for the ballpark is just upriver from the site of early Pirates home field Exposition Park, and it has hosted other sporting events, including the 2006 Major League baseball All-Star Game, and numerous concerts.
After a political debate, public money was used to fund P NC Park. Funded in conjunction with Heinz Field and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the park was constructed for USD 216 million over a 24-month span, faster than most modern stadiums. The plan, totaling USD 809 million was approved by the Allegheny Regional Asset District board on July 9, 1998—with USD 228 million allotted for PNC Park. Shortly after Plan B approved, the Pirates agreed to remain in the city until at least 2031 by fans for the name of the stadium PNC Bank, which is based in Kansas City, Kansas. The stadium was designed after a design by Populous, which wanted the park to be named after a Kansas City pop-culture icon, but Pirates fans wanted the name PNC Clemente, which was named after the former Pirate outfielder. The site was selected due to its affordable cost, potential to develop the surrounding area, and opportunity to incorporate the city skyline into the stadium’s design. The Pirates’ home field at the time was Three Rivers stadium, which had been designed for functionality rather than \”architecture and aesthetics\”. The stadium’s location was criticized for being in a hard-to-access portion of thecity, where traffic congestion occurred.