The Pirates are one of Major League Baseball’s oldest and most storied franchises, joining the National League back in 1887. Pittsburgh’s winning tradition began in 1900, when the Pirates, led by future Hall-of-Famer Honus Wagner, won three straight division titles. In 1909 Wagner’s Pirates won the franchise’s first World Series title. Pittsburgh then won again in 1925, then later in 1960. Through the 1970s the Pirates were one of the most feared teams in baseball. In that decade Pittsburgh won the NL East six times and won two World Series titles on the back of Willie Stargell and later Dave Parker. Though they fielded a few very strong teams, the Pirates weren’t back at the center of baseball until the 1990s, when a Barry Bonds led Pittsburgh team won three straight division titles, but failed to make it out of the National League Championship Series. Bonds would leave Pittsburgh after the 1992 season, ushering in a 20-year stretch of futility in which the Pirates failed to compile a winning record in any season. The play of Andrew McCutchen in 2013 helped the Pirates break their embarrassing streak and reach their first playoff appearance since 1992. The Bucs run in the early 2010's continued, with two more playoff appearances in 2014, and 2015. The Pirates have retired the numbers of nine players and managers, plus Jackie Robinson’s No. 42. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Pittsburgh Pirates baseball tickets.
2016 Pirates Season Preview
The Pittsburgh Pirates had a phenomenal year a season ago, winning 98 games and reached a 3rd straight MLB postseason. What has held the Pirates back over the last three seasons, has been the fact that they play in the best division in baseball. The Pirates, Cubs, and Cardinals have all dominated the National League over the last half decade, and the battle for the NL Central division crown is simply brutal. For 2016, the Pirates comes back with much of their ultra-talented roster in tact, and ready to make a run at the NLCS. Once again stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole will lead the way, but a number of new acquisitions have the Pirates thinking title. The Pirates 2016 infield will feature third baseman David Freese, who has won a world series, and adds extra power in the middle of the lineup. Pittsburgh also picked up veteran John Jaso, and hope to ride their opportunistic offense to a title. 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates tickets to PNC Park grant access to see one of the best teams in baseball at one of the sports most exciting environments.
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Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball at PNC Park Address: 115 Federal St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212
The Pirates play their home games at PNC Park, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When filled to capacity, PNC Park holds more than 38 thousand screaming Pirate fans. Outside PNC Park are statues of the Pirate greats Honus Wagner, Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski. Walk to the park via the Roberto Clemente Bridge, which is closed to vehicular traffic to allow fans to get to the ballpark. The Pittsburgh Pirates dugout is on the PNC Park third baseline in front of sections 20-24. PNC Park parking information is covered in our Pirates event guide.
Pirates vs. Phillies
This battle between eastern and western Pennsylvania is one of the most historic rivalries in American sports. Dating back to 1887, these two teams have played over 2000 times with the Pirates edging out a sizable margin in wins. Both teams have seen dominant eras of success, and dreadful eras of mediocrity. What has been consistent for these two teams is the desire to win the baseball battle that is Pennsylvania. Although this is no longer a divisional rivalry, it remains one of the most exciting rivalries in MLB.
Pirates vs. Reds
Two of the historic National League teams, this rivalry has been played for more than 100 years. Both teams saw long eras of success in the early days of the National League, and both know of decades of heartbreak. Playing over a dozen times every year, the Cubs and Pirates are more than familiar with each other and have produced some memorable meetings. The next decade of this rivalry promises to be as good as any as they try to rise to the top of the NL Central
Pirates vs. Cubs
During the 1970s, the Pittsburgh Pirates dominated Major League Baseball. The Pirates won six division titles, two NL Pennants and two World Series titles during the decade. The 1979 team used the popular song “We Are Family” as their theme song en route to winning the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. Overall, the organization has won 8+ division titles, over 8 NL Pennants and 4+ World Series.
Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series, National League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
During the 1970s, the Pittsburgh Pirates dominated Major League Baseball. The Pirates won six division titles, two NL Pennants and two World Series titles during the decade. The 1979 team used the popular song “We Are Family” as their theme song en route to winning the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. Overall, the organization has won 8+ division titles, over 8 NL Pennants and 4+ World Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates have also reached the MLB Wild Card round on multiple occasions, playing in Baseball's 1 game playoff series.
Pittsburgh Pirates Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Pirates game?
On weekdays gates at PNC Park open 90 minutes before the first pitch. Gates are opened 2 and a half hours before game time for weekend games.
Where are good places to eat before a Pirates game?
PNC Park is located in the same area as many of the best restaurants in Pennsylvania. One of our favorites is Meat & Potatoes. Meat & Potatoes is trendy, fun, and has amazing gastropub food. Thai food fans should not miss visiting Nicky’s Thai Kitchen. If you are looking for a more sophisticated menu try Eleven, Sonoma Grill, or Seviche. James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy has a unique atmosphere and is great for those who love to listen to live music while they dine. Other great places in the area are Penn Brewery, Bistro Penn, Dominic’s, and Jerome Bettis Grille 36.
Where is the best place to park at PNC Park?
PNC Park is located close to many good parking options. Stretching from the west of the stadium all the way to Heinz Field are 3 large general parking lots that are usually easy to get into and a very short walk to the arena. Immediately to north of PNC Park are a few smaller general parking lots and pre-paid lots that have the most convenient entry and exit from the stadium. A little farther north is the Allegheny Center Parking located on South Commons Street. This parking garage offers a large number of parking spaces and is usually easy to find a spot.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Pirates game?
Children under 32 inches tall are allowed to enter PNC Park without a ticket and must sit on a guardians lap for the duration of the game.