Three Rivers Stadium

Pittsburgh, PA

Review by Mike

Three Rivers Stadium was the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. There was exactly one good thing about Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh... location, location, location. It was perched right at the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela Rivers, walking distance from downtown Pittsburgh. That walk across a bridge over the river is a very pleasant journey... until you reach the ballpark.

Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA

This was an awful multi-purpose, artificial turf, way-big, way-ugly stadium. It had absolutely no character. There were very few fans, no atmosphere, no buzz. It had very little fan-friendliness, either. On a scorching August evening, I could not buy a bottle of water in the ballpark. The only beverage choices were beer or soda. You couldn't even see the river or the skyline. A dreadful place.

Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
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Of course, from manure can grow the loveliest of flowers and that which sprang from the rubble of Three Rivers Stadium is one of the nicest ballparks ever built, PNC Park. Please go there as it is a beautiful park in a great city, a perfect backlash to the pointless pile of concrete that was Three Rivers Stadium.

Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA

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