I figured it would be timely given the recent draft to throw some love to PNC Park. Arguably the prettiest ballpark in baseball if you can get over the historical aspect of some others. Biased to Wrigley, I don't feel compelled to make these arguments right now but rather give you a nice healthy walking tour of a first round ballpark. Go ahead and enjoy yourself.
To me, it's the combination of so many factors. Walking in at concourse level with the beautiful exterior. The skyline mixed with the river and the yellow bridge. It's honestly such a majestic place that I routinely take for granted because I haven't really had a decent opportunity to respect the Pittsburgh Pirates in my life. That's just a fact. Most of my memories are just hazy Tuesday afternoons where guys like Matt Murton go 4-5 with 3 doubles. Obviously Arrieta's Wild Card stands out but that's one time guys. That's not your traditional PNC experience in the NL Central for the last 20 years.
Regardless, it's still a great place to watch a game. Should the PIrates ever get consistently good (LOL) it might be one of the best season ticket atmospheres in pro sports. Or maybe I'm just being romantic because I think there's natural untapped beauty to be had in Pittsburgh. I can't believe I'm saying this shit.
Off the top of my head, I think Oracle/AT&T is probably nicer but those peoples are generally pussies. Give me the Pittsburgh crowd 100 out of 100 times and don't ask me twice. If that makes me a sucker then so be it. At least I'll have a good time with honest people.
Bonus points for having the river target btw. It may not be the San Francisco Bay (it's not) but there's something gritty about the Allegheny you have to respect. People forget it almost drowned George Washington about 23 years before declaring American Independence. Think about that next time you want to tell me the Bay offers a more notable splash.