PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates is known by fans across the country as one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball with its sweeping views of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline, the Allegheny River and Roberto Clemente bridge. The Pirates have not always played at a ballpark with such an amazing view. For 30 seasons they played at the multipurpose Three Rivers Stadium. In the 1990s Pirates ownership began to seek a new ballpark as the landscape of professional baseball changed and new ballparks provided teams with additional forms of revenue. In 1991 Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff proposed a new 44,000 seat ballpark for the Pirates on the north side of the city near Three Rivers Stadium. Over the next five years their was little progress and the Pirates went from a first place team to a last place team. In 1994 the future of the club in the city looked bleak as the Pirates were put up for sale and relocation of the team was a possibility. However, Kevin McClatchy purchased the Pirates and worked with the city to have a new ballpark built. Dubbed Forbes Field II, the team began drawing plans for a new ballpark that would be similar to their home before Three Rivers Stadium, Forbes Field. Financing was approved for a $216 million ballpark, to be built adjacent to Three Rivers Stadium and construction began in April 1999. The ballpark was named PNC Park after PNC Financial Services bought the naming rights in August 1998.
Tenant: Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)