PPG Paints Arena

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PPG Paints Arena

Pittsburgh Penguins, Concerts, Disney

PNC Park's location on the Allegheny River waterfront overlooking the downtown Pittsburgh skyline gives Pittsburgh Pirates fans the most spectacular view of any ballpark whenever the Pirates play home games.  With seating for just over 18,000 people, PNC Park delivers an intimate viewing experience with all of the conveniences of being right in the middle of a vibrant city.

Open since 2001, PNC Park embodies a classic stadium style with two decks and natural grass playing fields.  Steel trusses honor Steel City's industrial past while giving you the best of the newly-trendy 21st century Pittsburgh:  a beautiful riverside ballpark concourse, lots of great places to eat with an emphasis on local cuisine and craft breweries, and game day pedestrian-only access to the ballpark from the Golden Triangle (aka Downtown Pittsburgh) across the picturesque Roberto Clemente bridge.

In addition to Pittsburgh Pirates home games, PNC Park also hosts outdoor concerts by internationally famous musicians.

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PPG Paints Arena Hotel Recommendations

5 Closest Hotels to PPG Paints Arena 

Walk to PPG Paints Arena from these Downtown and Uptown Pittsburgh hotels in less than 10 minutes:

  • Cambria - Awesome state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, and onsite restaurants - no wonder the Pittsburgh Penguins chose the upscale Cambria for their official hotel!  Located across the street from PPG Paints Arena -  Compare Rates  -  Find Discounts
  • Omni William Penn - With luxurious public spaces, comfortable guestrooms, a 24-hour fitness center, and multiple onsite restaurants, the Omni William Penn is located across the street from PPG Paints Arena -  Compare Rates  -  Find Discounts
  • Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh - Nice hotel with spacious rooms and suites at affordable rates.  Ask for a room with a view of Downtown - Compare Rates  -   Find Discounts
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh - Great location and affordable rates, plus all the style and comfort that's made the Kimpton brand a favorite.  Compare Rates  -  Find Discounts
  • Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown - Wonderful location next to Market Square and plenty of fun places to eat and drink - Compare Rates  -  Find Discounts

PPG Paints Arena Seating Map

For the best views of the Downtown Pittsburgh skyline and the river, choose seats on the third base side of the field - although you can expect fairly spectacular views wherever you sit in PPG Paints Arena. 

The ballpark's design gives you excellent sightlines of the field wherever you sit. 

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Getting to PPG Paints Arena


1001 Fifth Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh

Transportation to PPG Paints Arena

The easiest way to get to PPG Paints Arena is to walk, either from your hotel if you're staying in the city for a game or concert, or from the Steel Plaza "T" (light rail) station a couple of blocks away - maybe five minutes on foot.  

Parking near PPG Paints Arena

To avoid spending more time than necessary in snarled traffic, follow this simple parking rule:  Park on the North Shore if you're driving in from the north, and park Downtown if you're driving in from the east, south, or west. 

Best (ie, close and affordable) North Shore parking near PPG Paints Arena includes the Pirates' official parking lots near the ballpark, especially Lots 7A, 7B, 7C, or 7D, Allegheny Center Garage (100 South Commons), and the North Shore Garage (12 E. Robinson Street near the Andy Warhol Museum). 

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PPG Paints Arena parking guide map courtesy of PPG Paints Arena

Downtown Pittsburgh offers 20,000+ parking spaces.  Game day and concert rates tend to be cheaper than on the North Shore, especially at the city's many municipal parking garages and garages located here.  This map shows you their locations:

Eat & Celebrate In & Near PPG Paints Arena

Where to Eat & Drink Inside PPG Paints Arena

Inside PPG Paints Arena, you'll find at least 40 food and drink concessions including lots of local spots, a couple of food courts, and a few slightly fancier options.  Look for Smorgasburgh (Section 110) for lots of local choices and craft beers, Just4u (Section 128/129) for gluten-free and vegetarian fare, Manny's (behind center field seats) for awesome BBQ, pulled pork, and burgers, and Pop's Plaza Food Court (Section 129) for a big choice of ballpark favorites.  When the weather is good, head straight to the Hall of Fame Club on the club level behind left field and grab seats on the outdoor patio overlooking Riverwalk.

Outside the ballpark, sample Pittsburgh's thriving brewpub scene famous for its craft beers and tasty food including local specialties.  With PPG Paints Arena and Heinz Field less than half a mile apart, plenty of sports bars and casual spots to eat and drink fill the North Shore, with even more choices across the Clemente Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh.  Here are some you won't want to miss, as well as a couple of hotel bars to check out:

North Shore Bars & Restaurants near PPG Paints Arena

  • Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 (393 North Shore Drive) - Owned by a famous former Steeler halfback (and located slightly closer to Heinz Field than PPG Paints Arena), this popular spot features a beer of the month, gluten-free options, top-qualify beef, and local sourcing when possible, plus they make everything from scratch.  Go for the street tacos, pierogi flatbread, any of the steaks and burgers, and don't miss the addictively-delicious nutella cheesecake.
  • Beerhead Bar & Eatery (110 Federal Street in the Boggs Building 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.
  • McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon (211 North Shore Drive) - Known as a Pirate's bar, McFadden's offers beer and food specials before each game.  Look for standard bar food, including extensive sauce selections for wings, and Irish flavors such as the Guinness-battered haddock used in their tasty fish sandwich.

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!
  • Union Standard (Union Trust Building, 524 William Penn Place) - With a raw bar featuring shellfish from across the Northeast, a wood-fired rotisserie and grill making wood-grilled wings and other specialties, and an emphasis on fresh local ingredients, you'll find a lot to love at Union Standard for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
  • 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.
  • Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh (East Liberty neighborhood) - This highly rated restaurant pays homage to locally sourced fresh products and cuisine while serving up memorable meals.

Tailgating at PPG Paints Arena

Most tailgating takes place in the North Shore parking lots around PPG Paints Arena, which typically open 4 hours prior to PPG Paints Arena game time and 5 hours prior to concerts.   There's no need to have a car to participate - lots of fans arrive on foot or by T with a rolling cooler.  Alcohol is permitted, but alcohol sales are not, so bring the amount of beer you expect to consume.

The smell of sausages sizzling on grills will make your mouth water, even if you've just eaten, so if you're not planning to grill, bring at least a sandwich or chips so that you don't starve.  Cooking grills are permitted only in outdoor lots (not garages), and no open fires are permitted anywhere.  

Some lots prohibit tents, beach umbrellas, and portable or personal toilets. 

The city occasionally implements tailgating restrictions such as opening stadium parking lots closer to game or concert start time as part of an ongoing effort to reduce trash left behind by tailgaters.

PPG Paints Arena's Food and Beverage Policy in a Nutshell

PPG Paints Arena lets you bring sealed bottled water in clear disposable plastic and no larger than 24 ounces and other beverages such as kids' juice boxes, but no alcohol, carbonated beverages, sports drinks, cans, glass bottles, or thermoses.  The bottled water, juice boxes, and any food that you may want to bring must fit into a soft-sided bag no larger than 16" x 16" x 8".  You're not allowed to bring any outside food or beverages into the Lexus Club, Suite Level, or Jim Beam Left Field Lounge and Porch areas.

More Pittsburgh Attractions & Things to Do

Visiting Pittsburgh to attend a PPG Paints Arena event?  Don't miss these top attractions and fun things to do:

  • Pittsburgh Brewery Tour with Lunch or Dinner - During this fun 5-hour guided tour by a local beer expert, you'll visit four of Pittsburgh's best breweries ranging from tiny nano-breweries to well-known large regional breweries and enjoy plenty of tastings as well as a great meal based on beer-pairings.  You'll have a lot of fun, and learn some interesting things about Pittsburgh along the way!  Find out more
  • Private Pittsburgh City Tour - Choose a 1 or 2 hour private tour of top Pittsburgh sights and attractions.  Your guide will pick you up (and later drop you off) at your hotel and customize the tour based on your preferences.  Mostly driving, but may involve some walking based on what you choose to see and do.  Find out more
  • More Top Pittsburgh Attractions - Heinz Field and the Pittsburgh Steelers, PPG Paints Arena and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Andy Warhol Museum (117 Sandusky, 2-minute walk from PPG Paints Arena), Penn Brewery tours, Market Square (intersection of Market Street and Forbes Ave - restaurants, street vendors, Christmas Market, and cool architecture), Rivers Casino (777 Casino Drive, 1 block from Acrisure Center)
  • Kids' Favorites in Pittsburgh - Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (10 Children's Way, close to PPG Paints Arena), Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium (1 Wild Place), Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Drive, across from Acrisure Center)

PPG Paints Arena Photos & Posters

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