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PNC Field

PNC Field (formerly Lackawanna County Stadium) is very similar to Pilot Field in Buffalo in the way it feels more like a major league stadium than a minor league one. The comparisons end there. There is little I really like about this park. It is set at the bottom of a mountain with just one road in and one road out which makes for a difficult exit, though road improvements over the years have made it better. Hope for a Fireworks night, and get out as soon as the game ends. One of the few double-decked stadiums in the minors, many of the seats are just too far away from the action. The lower level seats are fine, but the upper deck seats feel a ways from the action and many do not offer good sightlines. It used to be possible to get GA seats on the first level that were better than the upper deck seats, but with the arrival of the Yankees as an affiliate in 2007, those seats were removed. As part of renovations that were completed before the '07 season, the top several rows of the upper deck were removed and advertising banners placed in the dead space. These seats were moved to where the GA seats had previously been. The biggest negative of PNC Field was also corrected in 2007 with the removal of the artificial turf that had been here since the park opened. Natural grass gives the place a much more pleasant feel while watching a game. The concourse area, located behind the seating areas and out of sight from the field, has an good selection of food and concessions as well as a bar/restaurant. Some of the unique food items include Philly cheese steaks, gyros, and pierogies. Prices here had always been pretty low, but seem to have gone up a bit with the arrival of the Yankees as an affiliate. Fortunately the parking and scorecards are still free. Strangely the team has no yearbook or program for sale, though. PNC Field's location at the base of high rock ledge actually makes for a pretty setting, though the view is more and more of new businesses that are being constructed on the mountain. The installation of real grass certainly makes this a better ballpark, but it still feels too big, especially when you're stuck sitting in the upper deck. But fans don't seem to mind as there has been a baseball renaissance in '07 in Scranton. Attendance is up significantly and it appears that AAA baseball will remain here for many years to come.

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