Tuesday, July 11, 2006

PNC Park: Fast Facts [J. Mark English]

Charlotte Observer -

LOCATION: Pittsburgh's North Side, across the Allegheny River from downtown, several blocks from Heinz Field, where the Steelers play, and close to the site of the Pirates' first ballpark, Exposition Park, where they played in 1891-1909.
CAPACITY: 38,496; first major-league park with only two seating decks since County Stadium in Milwaukee in 1953.
DIMENSIONS: Left -- 325 feet; left-center -- 386 feet; deepest (left-center) -- 410 feet; center -- 399 feet; right-center -- 375 feet; right -- 320 feet.
CONSTRUCTION COST: $262 million FIRST GAME: Reds 8, Pirates 2 on April 9, 2001.
FIRST HOME RUN: Sean Casey, Reds, April 9, 2001.
LONGEST HOME RUN: Sammy Sosa, 484 feet to center on April 12, 2002.
MOST HOMERS BY OPPOSING PLAYER AT PNC PARK: 18, by Albert Pujols of the Cardinals.
STATUES AT PNC PARK: 10. Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, plus former Negro League stars Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Smokey Joe Williams, Buck Leonard, Judy Johnson and Cool Papa Bell, all of whom played in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Crawfords and/or the Homestead Grays.