Are you heading to PNC Park to watch a Pittsburgh Pirates home game or enjoy an outdoor summer concert?

PNC Park's location on the Allegheny River waterfront overlooks the downtown Pittsburgh skyline - so get ready for the most spectacular view offered by any ballpark.

Planning a last-minute trip to Pittsburgh?

If you're booking a spur-of-the-moment trip to Pittsburgh or visiting for the first time, we have you covered.  Here's where to get tickets, best places to stay nearby, and a few other fun things to do.

Game & Concert Tickets

Best Hotels near PNC Park

More Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh


Top photo:  Pittsburgh skyline at night - Photo credit: iStock/Jon Bilous


What to Expect at PNC Park

Paddlewheel riverboat on the Allegheny River in front of PNC Park - Photo credit: iStockphotos/Holcy
Paddlewheel riverboat on the Allegheny River in front of PNC Park - Photo credit: iStockphotos/Holcy

PNC Park opened in 2001, and embodies a retro-classic stadium style with two decks and natural grass playing fields.  Steel trusses also give a nod to Steel City's industrial past.

PNC Park seats around 38,500 people.  In recent years (excluding the pandemic years of 2020-2021), most games typically draw crowds of around 18,000-31,000 fans, while the outdoor summer concerts frequently attract sell out the stadium.

PNC Park's central location means you'll get all the conveniences of being right in the middle of a vibrant city, including easy access on Pittsburgh's "T" (subway).  On game days, the picturesque Roberto Clemente bridge provides pedestrian-only access to the ballpark so you can walk across from Downtown Pittsburgh.  (More details about transportation, parking, and public transportation in a moment).

There's also a beautiful riverside concourse along the outside of the ballpark where you can relax and soak up the sights, and once you're inside and sitting in your seat, the Pittsburgh skyline views create a special ambiance you won't find anywhere else.

To enter the ballfield, you'll have your pick of many different entrances where you'll show your tickets and go through a security check point.  If you see long lines at the main gates at the front, head to the side entrances where lines are usually shorter. 

For food and beverages, concession fare inside the stadium is fairly standard as well as pricey, but nearby in the North Side and Downtown, you'll find lots of tasty places to eat featuring local cuisine and far better value - just follow the crowds.  Pittsburgh also has a robust craft brewery scene that's fun to check out.


PNC Park Schedule & Tickets

Find tickets for Pittsburgh Pirates home games during spring, summer, and fall, plus summer outdoor concerts and special winter events.

Here's a discount you can use for PNC Park games and concerts:

Enter DISCOVERY 10 to save 10% on TicketLiquidator & TicketNetwork tickets

Pittsburgh Pirates Home Games:  Schedule & Tickets

For games, you can pick any seat and be assured of excellent views of the action on the field because of the stadium's design offers unobstructed sightlines.

See all PNC Park games & other events

PNC Park Concerts:  Schedule & Tickets

For concerts, like most stadium shows, the stage is usually set up in the outfield.  That means that unless you're in the pit (where floor tickets always fetch a premium price), you're likely to be quite a distance away and will be relying on the giant screens to see the details.  You may want to avoid seats in the end sections closest to the stage in case of obstructions and less-than-stellar viewing angles.


Hotels near PNC Park, Acrisure Stadium, & PPG Paints Arena

Comfortable seating in Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh suite
Comfortable seating in Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh suite

All three of Pittsburgh's major sports/concert venues are located close to the city's central core, which means you can choose from numerous hotels at all price points.  

Downtown Pittsburgh Hotels 

Stay in a Downtown Pittsburgh hotel, and you'll be close to all the venues.  You'll have fun exploring this neighborhood's lively dining and nightlife scene while being a 5-10 minute walk from PPG Paints Arena, and equally close to PNC Park and Acrisure Stadium across the Clemente Bridge.  Here are our top picks at different price points:

North Side Hotels Close to PNC Park & Acrisure Stadium

North Shore Pittsburgh hotels work equally well for both PNC Center and Acrisure Stadium, with only a 5-10 minute walk to reach either of them.  They're also close to Rivers Casino, the Andy Warhol Museum, and Pittsburgh's Children's Museum:

Uptown Hotels near PPG Paints Arena

If PPG Paints Arena is your destination, its location on the edge of the Uptown neighborhood gives you a couple of additional choices.  Avoid North Shore hotels, which are much less convenient to the Arena.) 

These two Uptown hotels are across the street from PPG Paints Arena - can't beat the convenience!

  • Cambria - Awesome state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, and onsite restaurants - the Pittsburgh Penguins' official hotel!
  • Omni William Penn - Luxurious public spaces, comfortable guestrooms, a 24-hour fitness center, and onsite restaurants make this the Steelers' preferred hotel 

East Liberty Hotels 

Experience the hippest part of Pittsburgh by staying in the East Liberty neighborhood, about 2 miles from PPG Paints Arena and less than 4 miles from PNC Park and Acrisure Stadium:

  • Kasa The Maverick - Known for its fun hipster vibe, minimalist furnishings, huge windows, high ceilings -  Book Now
  • Hotel Indigo East Liberty - Boutique hotel with plush bedding, designer touches, and spa showers near Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Museum, and the University of Pittsburgh.   Book Now

Map of Pittsburgh Hotels & Best Rates

Use this map to enter your dates and find best rates (including discounted rates) on available hotels and apartments:

Booking.com

Where to Eat & Drink Near Pittsburgh Stadiums

You'll find plenty of food and drink concessions at PNC Park, Acrisure Stadium, and PPG Paints Arena including outposts of local bars and restaurants offering their own specialties and local fare way beyond the standard stadium hot dogs, nachos, and fries. 

Outside the ballpark, sample Pittsburgh's thriving brewpub scene famous for its craft beers and tasty food including local specialties.  With PNC Park and Heinz Field less than half a mile apart, plenty of sports bars and casual spots to eat and drink fill the North Shore, and you'll have even more choices across the Clemente Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh. 

Here are a few you won't want to miss, as well as a hotel bar to check out:

North Shore Bars & Restaurants near PNC Park & Heinz Field

  • Beerhead Bar & Eatery (110 Federal Street across from the ballpark) - Love beer?  You'll find hundreds of choices here, including craft beers from around the country.  If you want to eat there too, bring your own food or order from the delivery menus they keep on hand.

More Ways to Enjoy Pittsburgh's Food Culture

Downtown Pittsburgh Food & Drink

  • Meat & Potatoes (649 Penn Ave) - Choose the rib eye steak for two and customize your sauces, sides, and potatoes, go for a burger with a side of poutine, or indulge in any of the other meat-centric specialties. Mussels and frites hit the spot too!
  • Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room (139 7th Street) - Craft beers on tap, pizza, salads, and Italian specialties emphasizing local seasonal produce with almost everything made from scratch, including the delicious fresh mozzarella, pastas, and desserts.

Pittsburgh Hotel Bars & Restaurants

  • Biergarten at Kimpton Hotel Monaco (Downtown) - Relax on the Biergarten's appealing 9th floor rooftop patio bar and enjoy a winning combination of European beverages, German specialties to munch on, pub games, and sweeping city views.

More Pittsburgh Attractions & Things to Do

Visiting Pittsburgh to attend a PNC Park event?  Don't miss these top attractions and fun things to do:

  • Top Pittsburgh Attractions - Acrisure Field and the Pittsburgh Steelers, PPG Paints Arena and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Andy Warhol Museum (117 Sandusky, 2-minute walk from PNC Park), Market Square (intersection of Market Street and Forbes Ave - restaurants, street vendors, pop-up markets, and cool architecture), Rivers Casino (777 Casino Drive, 1 block from Heinz Field)
  • Kids' Favorites in Pittsburgh - Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (10 Children's Way, close to PNC Park), Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium (1 Wild Place), Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Drive, across from Heinz Field)

More Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh


Transportation to Pittsburgh Stadiums & Arenas

Wondering how to get to your game? 

Pittsburgh's light rail system - the "T" - runs through the Downtown business district and North Shore neighborhoods.  Stations near PNC Park (North Side Station), Acrisure Stadium (Allegheny Station), and PPG Paints Arena (Steel Plaza Station), as well as the many hotels in these areas, so no need to bring your car into the city.  Best of all, T service between Downtown and North Shore stations is free.

Traffic gets congested around PNC Park, Acrisure Stadium, and PPG Paints Arena, and parking nearby can be expensive, especially on the North Shore where private garages outnumber more affordable municipal facilities. 

So if you're coming from farther away, here's our best tip for saving a few dollars:  Park near a Downtown station further from these sports/entertainment venues such as the First Avenue Garage next to First Avenue T Station or the Mellon Square Garage near Wood Street T Station and then ride for free to your destination.

On game days at PNC Park and Acrisure Stadium, the Roberto Clemente Bridge closes to vehicle traffic and becomes pedestrian-only so if you're coming from out of town and staying in a downtown hotel, join the throngs of other fans and walk across the bridge to the stadium. 

More transportation & parking information:  PNC Park  |  Acrisure Stadium  |  PPG Paints Arena


More Articles about Pittsburgh Stadiums, Sports & Concerts