Before we cross the river to take in a ballgame at PNC Park, here are some scenes of downtown Pittsburgh:
Although we are not Pittsburgh Pirates fans (or St. Louis Cardinals fans, for that matter), we do like the game of baseball and visiting ballparks in other cities. The Pirates were playing the Cardinals while we were in town, and we thought it would be a perfect way to kill three birds with one stone: Take in a ballgame, do some photography of the Pittsburgh skyline, and enjoy the sunset.
Professional baseball games have gotten expensive to attend, especially if you have dinner at the ballpark. We aren’t cheap, but we are frugal when we feel it’s appropriate. All we wanted to do was get into the ballpark, so good seats weren’t our priority. Besides, the best seats to enjoy the skyline are in the outfield, in the nosebleed section. Checking out PNC Park’s orientation, we opted for seats high up in left field for the ideal view of the city.
To save even more money, we purchased our tickets online at StubHub rather than at the ticket window. Even with the service charge, we saved a tidy sum of cash.
Rather than eat at the ballpark, we checked out Trip Advisor and found a casual Greek restaurant just across bridge. The food at Salonika Bar and Grill was good, reasonably priced, and far less expensive than ballpark food. A gyro sandwich only set us back $7.75 each. An “artisanal” pretzel at the ballpark is $6.50! Want a liter of water? That will cost you $7.25! Sheesh, we brought our own water in for free.
Before the game started, we enjoyed strolling the concourse and checking out the stadium. It was a great way to take in the city views! After the first pitch was tossed, we watched the game—and the sunset—unfold. What a beautiful evening and a great way to enjoy the city!
Good night, Pittsburgh, and so long!
Next up: A short getaway to Chattanooga.
Wonderful blog!! Wish I had discovered you earlier.
I found you when I was trying to discover what the food is like on the American Queen. We are going from Memphis to New Orleans in a few weeks and I eagerly read all your experiences while traveling that route back in 2017. You truly did seem to have a wonderful time.
I see you have also done some of the European rivers. Could have used you for those a few years ago.
Well anyway, thanks for the info and pictures. I now know better what to expect on my own trip.
Thanks, Diane! You are going to love the American Queen! If you go to the Engine Room Bar and Jim is playing guitar (he also plays in the dining room for dinner), please say “hello” to him from Elaine & Bruce (the harmonica player)! Please let me know how you enjoyed your trip! Cheers! ~Elaine
I’ll do that. Need to write a note to myself.
I wonder if you saw people dancing on board? We are dancers and hope to be able to do some dancing in the evening. Also I think I read there are bikes we can borrow. Did you ever do that on your trip? Are the bikes easy to manage?
You are the only person I know who has been on the American Queen so sorry about all the questions.
Sure! People danced before the shows and down in the Engine Room Bar. The boat has nice bikes and helmets you can use. We didn’t use them, but I did get a good look at the eqt. They will take them off the boat for you; no problem.
I am happy to answer any other questions you may have!