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Discover the top 10 things to do on game day!
It's baseball season in Pittsburgh! I can't wait to get back inside PNC Park, my "summer home!" You don't have to know all the rules or even the players to enjoy the game. Just sit in the ballpark and enjoying that spectacular view. Check out my favorite things to do on game day. Let's Go Bucs!
Presto George in the Strip District has the best shelled peanuts. They're so fresh you'll be eating them as you walk. You can also buy them from the many vendors along Fort Duquesne Boulevard. My brothers will not go to a Pirates game without a bag of shelled peanuts!
Check out What to Eat at PNC Park for a rundown of all the delicious options inside the park. From burgers and classic sandwiches, to salads and desserts, you're sure to find something you love.
I have more hats than any girl I know (31 and counting!) but you can never have too many hats right?! There are always a few vendors at the entrance to the Clemente Bridge displaying different styles of hats. You gotta have a cap for the game--Just be sure to take it off when the national anthem is sung!
The bridge is open to pedestrians only on game days. Walking over it is part of the game experience. The ballpark view is right in front of you, there are musicians playing various instruments standing on the railings and fans in Pirates gear as far as you can see. You can hear music as you walk toward Federal Street from the live bands and radio stations set up there.
Mike's Beer Bar is always hopping on game days and you can hang out until almost game time since the gate is right next door. There are also lots of bars and restaurants near the park to duck into as well. Try out Jerome Bettis Grille 36, McFadden's, Mullen's Bar & Grill, and Quaker Steak & Lube.
Look for this lovable mascot - you can't miss him as he's big and green and wearing a Pirates shirt. He loves mugging for the camera, so put on your cheesy smile and send your pic to your friends to show them how much fun you're having at the ballpark!
This beloved baseball tune is sung during the "seventh inning stretch" when everybody stands up. People really get into it, swaying back and forth, arms around each other as they sing. It doesn't matter if you can't hold a note, just sing loudly and enthusiastically and have fun!
It happens in the bottom of the 5th inning, so take your snack and bathroom breaks at another time. Root for your favorite stuffed pasta character as they run around the field toward the finish line. Who will win? It may be purse-carrying Jalapeno Hanna, although Sauerkraut Saul is no stranger to victory and Oliver Onion is slick on the track. Cheese Chester is not one to melt under pressure. So cheer them on, and enjoy this uniquely Pittsburgh tradition!
Keep score. Get to know the players. Yell at the umpire. Stand up and cheer when the Bucs hit a homerun. Really get into it!
PNC Park made the news as a place providing one of the best views in America. That acknowledgement also came from Travel and Leisure. Take in the panoramic view of the river and bridges from one of the "Top Ballparks in the Country".