The Pittsburgh Pirates are a professional baseball team that compete in the Central Division of the National League of Major League Baseball. The team was founded in 1882 and joined the American Association the same year. In 1887 the team became a part of the National League and were very successful (they played in the first ever World Series in 1903). The team has won a total of five World Series titles, but recent success has alluded them and in modern times they have struggled to produce a winning season. Let’s find out where the Pirates play their home games.
Where do the Pittsburgh Pirates play?
The Pirates play at PNC Park, which was built between 1999 and 2001 at a cost of $216 million. The Pirates began the 2001 season at PNC Park and in the first season averaged over 30,000 spectators. The capacity of the ballpark is 38,362, which has increased slightly since the stadium was constructed. Although the Pirates are the only team to call the PNC Park home, the ballpark has also hosted a number of other events such as concerts and the Major League All-Star Game. Since it was opened in 2001 PNC park is considered to be one of the best ballparks in the world.
Prior to moving into PNC Park the Pirates played at Three Rivers Stadium, which was a multipurpose stadium shared between the Pirates and the Steelers (NFL). As the Pirates planned to build their own stadium it was going to be converted into a full time football stadium. However, the Steelers rejected this idea and built their own stadium. The Three Rivers Stadium was demolished in 2001.
Forbes Field, the home of the Pirates prior to Three Rivers Stadium, remains the longest serving home of the Pirates. The team played here from 1909 to 1970. Other stadiums that have been home to the team are Exposition Park and Recreation Park.