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Shaded Seats at PNC Park

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PNC Park, set against the backdrop of the Allegheny River, is the picturesque home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Celebrated for its stunning views of the Pittsburgh skyline and Roberto Clemente Bridge, it is considered one of the most beautiful ballparks in MLB. Pittsburgh is a city with plenty of summer sun, heat and humidity, and Pirates fans can use this guide to find the best shaded seats at PNC Park.

Where are the shaded seats at PNC Park?

Generally, the seats in the shade at PNC Park are located:

  • 1st Base Line: Gradually becomes shaded during the afternoon
  • Under Cover: Last ten rows of field level Box seats are covered and shaded
  • Grandstand: Back rows are covered and shaded

In the 2024 season, the Pirates typically play day games (12:35 p.m. or 1:05 p.m.), late afternoon games (4:05 p.m.) and evening games (6:40 p.m.). For specific details about sections and different start times, please continue reading.

PNC Park Orientation to the Sun

PNC Park is oriented to the southeast. Each morning, the sun rises behind the left field wall, curves around the right field foul pole in the mid-afternoon, and sets behind home plate. This configuration makes the 1st base side of the stadium the “shade side” and the 3rd base side the “sunny side.” However, this really only applies to late afternoon and evening games. Day games require a bit more strategy for finding shade.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Pirates Early Afternoon Games

Shade is sparse during day games at PNC Park. By the first pitch, the sun is high above right field. Since the stadium offers open views of the Pittsburgh skyline, there is nothing to block the sun from shining directly into the park. At this hour, the only chance for finding shade is under cover. Thankfully, PNC Park is designed with quite a few seats under cover. At field level, sections 101-129 extend quite far back from the field. The last 10 or so rows on both the 1st base and 3rd base lines are under cover and thus shaded. On the upper 300-level, seats toward the back are covered by the stadium roof. Sections 313-319 offer a nice perspective, albeit from a higher vantage point.

Elsewhere in the ballpark, any seat not under cover will be sun-exposed during the early innings. Fans in right field, sections 139-147, have their backs to the sun, but those seats otherwise don’t offer protection from the sun’s rays. By the late innings, the sun will start to shift behind the 1st base side of the stadium, giving a little extra shade to that side of the park. Uncovered seats on the 3rd base line and in left field will be sunny for the entire game.

Seats in the Shade at Pirates Late Afternoon Games

By the start of a 4:05 game, the sun will have moved behind the 1st base side of PNC Park, making the 1st base line the “shade side” of the park. At field level, seats closest to the action may start the game in the sun but will become shaded eventually.

The sunniest seats are in left field and deep down the 3rd base line, specifically in sections 129-138, 235-238, and 329-339. The standing-room areas beyond the left field foul pole will also experience direct sun exposure. As the game progresses, some sections along the 3rd base line will start to move into the shade, particularly those closer to home plate.

Shadows on the stands at Pittsburgh Pirates Stadium

By mid-afternoon, the 1st base line is shaded while the 3rd base line and outfield sections are still in the sun.
Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Pirates Evening Games

For most of the summer, the sun sets in Pittsburgh between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. With Pirates games starting as early as 6:40 and finishing earlier due to MLB’s new pace-of-play rules, the sun is a consideration even for evening games. By the first pitch, the sun is almost directly behind home plate, providing protection for many seats in foul territory as the stadium itself will cast shade on a majority of the stands. The 1st base side of the park is nevertheless a safer bet than than the 3rd base side. The sunniest seats are in the outfield, particularly in left field, which may experience significant glare before sunset.

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