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.