|PNC Field Info
LF: 330' CF: 408' RF: 330'
Affiliate: New York Yankees
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Nearest Major Airport:
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International (6.7 miles)
Nearest Pro Ballpark:
NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, NY (68.1 miles)
|Year ||Total ||Rank *
|* Scranton Wilkes-Barre's attendance ranking in the 14-team International League
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||Triple-A Affiliate of the Yankees
PNC Field in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania definitely shouldn't be confused (or compared) to PNC Park
at the other end of the state. The hulking home to the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate opened in 1989 and is a scaled down version of stadiums that once stood in Philadelphia (Veterans
) and New York (Shea
PNC Field's three-tiered grandstand has an upper deck that's as steep as they come in the minors and the top quarter of its seats are covered with a tarp, just like many seats in the cookie cutters of old were in their final years. Suites and the press box comprise the stadium's second level. Fans enter the stadium on a concourse that's above seating for the lower level. Built at the base of a large tree-covered hill that is the stadium's backdrop, the playing field is sunken below street level, a modern concept in a venue that has been playing catch up pretty much ever since it opened.
Long known as Lackawanna County Stadium and covered for its first 18 years by various forms of artificial turf, PNC Field has added amenities over the years to offset some of what it was lacking. Party areas have been constructed in the space between the ends of the symmetrical grandstand and foul poles. What makes them more notable than most is that each party pavilion was built atop a bullpen. The bigger of the two, in left field, contains the only bleachers found in the stadium, which has a mix of orange and green seats that are colored by ticket category.
Befitting of the era in which it was built, the stadium wasn't designed to be pretty and has no true exterior facade. As such, the concrete backside of the upper grandstand is easily visible from the mostly gravel parking lot, where everybody parks for free.
Banners attached to the backside of the two light banks atop each end of the upper deck's roof contain the most prominent signage of the stadium's name, which was bought by Pennsylvania-founded PNC Financial Services just prior to the 2007 season.
Three scoreboards, each serving a different purpose, reside behind the outfield wall. Shortly behind them begins the ascent of the hill that dominates the backdrop. Sitting on top of it are, from left to right, a hotel, restaurant and movie theatre. All are visible from within the grandstand. Outside of the stadium and behind the left field pavilion is a trolley station that's part of a museum that opened in 2006.
That a trolley museum is adjacent to a multi-purpose stadium, as PNC Field was designed to be, seems appropriate, as both are reminders of a time period that has passed. Still, PNC Field isn't that bad of a place to watch a ballgame. It's just no modern marvel in a sport that's full of them at all levels.
PNC Field Facts, Figures, Firsts & Footnotes
Construction cost: $22 million
Financing: Lackawanna County secured bonds for half the amount while a state grant paid for the remainder. The $11 million of state-provided money came from a community grant fund overseen by Pennsylvania's Department of Community Affairs.
Architect: GSGS & B
Visible from I-81, the stadium was built on 50 acres of land provided by local businessman Bill Gilchrist that is about 6 miles from Scranton and 12 miles from Wilkes-Barre.
Was known as Lackawanna County Multi-Purpose Stadium, most often shortened to Lackawanna County Stadium, from its opening in 1989 through the 2006 season.
Naming rights: PNC Bank signed a 3-year, $1.1 million deal that was announced on February 1, 2007. In February of 2010, PNC came to an agreement with the SWB Yankees to continue their naming rights sponsorship. Terms of the renewal deal were not released.
Owned by the Lackawanna County Multi-Purpose Stadium Authority. Operated by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees LLC, a joint venture between Mandalay Sports Entertainment and the New York Yankees.
Was modeled after Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, as the Scranton Wilkes-Barre team was originally a Phillies affiliate, and the playing field dimensions are still the same as those set at the Vet, which was demolished on March 21, 2004.
At the time it opened, the PNC Field playing field was covered with the same brand of artificial turf as Veterans Stadium. During the 18-season tenure of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, a Phillies affiliate, the stadium never had a grass playing field. The first one was finally installed in time for the 2007 season, which coincided with the arrival of the team's Yankees affiliation and a new management company for the stadium.
Has 20 suites wedged between two levels that are filled with stadium-style seats. In the upper deck, the last five rows of seats have been removed and replaced with a tarp that is partially covered with advertising.
Like the main concourses, the kids play area is behind the grandstand and has no view of the playing field. Filled with inflatables and games, it's just inside of the main gate behind home plate. As for the concourses, the lower one is enclosed and has player panels of Yankees greats on its walls. The upper level concourse looks out over the parking lot that surrounds the grandstand.
Bo Brothers, a privately owned and operated restaurant specializing in barbeque, is located down the right field line. The large restaurant/sports bar is open year round and contains an impressive display of New York and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees memorabilia.
First game: The Tidewater Tides beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, 9-2, on April 26, 1989 in front of 10,958 fans
Other ballpark firsts (all of which occurred on 4/26/89):
|Pitch ||Batter ||Hit ||Home Run ||Winning Pitcher ||Losing Pitcher ||Save
|John Martin ||Keith Miller ||Phil Lombardi ||Keith Miller ||Wally Whitehurst ||John Martin ||Tom Edens