For the first time since 2012, when the Nittany Lion faced Minnesota at Target Field (ballpark of the Minnesota Twins), the Diamond Lions will play at a Major League ballpark.
The Lions were set to play West Virginia on March 22nd but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather. As announce earlier today, the two teams will now face each other at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburg Pirates, on May 10th at 7 p.m.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Pirates to showcase these two great collegiate baseball programs at PNC Park, one of the most iconic ballparks in Major League Baseball” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly in the Pirates’ statement. “Our organization has so many alumni from and supporters of both of these outstanding institutions that it is truly an honor to have these two schools showcase their talents at PNC Park before their large fan bases in Pittsburgh.” (via gopsusports.com)
Penn State will have home team advantage but the size of the field stays the same, as Medlar Field shares the same field dimensions as PNC Park.
The two teams will play the first game of the two-game series at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown, West Virginia the night before (May 9th) at 6:30 p.m. before hitting the road to play at PNC Park.
Tickets are available at Pirates.com/collegebaseball. They are listed as $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn State and WVU “VIPs” (season ticket holders, partners, donors, alumni, faculty) and Pirates season ticket members, and $2 for students of either university. Tickets are general admission and you must use a code to obtain these special prices.
The Pittsburg Pirates announced on the website that gates will open at 6 p.m. and select concession stands will be open. Fans may enter through the Peoples Home Plate Gate.