PNC Park Extras:Classic Pirates Statues – Not many baseball teams can boast the kind of history the Pirates can--original Hall of Famer Honus Wagner (Home Plate Gate); star player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente (Center Field Gate); 1979 National League and World Series MVP Willie Stargell (Left Field Gate); and the recently added star shortstop and Yankee killer Bill Mazeroski (Right Field Gate), in his famous triumphant pose, crossing the plate after hitting the 1960 Series winning homer.
Three “Don’t Miss It”s At PNC Park
Anytime someone needs to remind himself or herself why Pirates fans are Pirates fans, they can look at huge statues of four of baseball’s greatest heroes.
The Left Field Rotunda – There are actually two rotundas to get to any level of PNC Park—one in full view in left field, the other hidden behind home plate.
The Rotunda in left field used to be decorated with baseball cards of Pirates throughout history, which was pretty cool, but they have been removed and now the rotunda is a place to take in a view—or several views—of the field, the Pirates Deck behind the bleachers, the club level, the downtown area past the Allegheny River, or the rest of the city.
It’s not a bad standing room spot, even if standing room is a rarity at the ballpark these days. The left field rotunda is worth a walk up or down, and it’s fairly convenient for moving from one level to another.
The Highmark Legacy Square in left field is an indoor/outdoor museum area that pays homage to great Negro League players, like Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Smokey Joe Williams. Players have interactive dedications, where you can watch the player’s career and highlights, and there is a theater with a video narrated by Reds star Joe Morgan.
If baseball history interests you, definitely check out Highmark Legacy Square.
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