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Forbes Field, Pittsburgh

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3.7/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Forbes Field was a baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1909 to June 28, 1970. It was the third home of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball (MLB) team, and the first home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the city's National Football League (NFL) franchise. The stadium also served as the home football field for the University of Pittsburgh "Pitt" Panthers from 1909 to 1924. The stadium was named after British general John Forbes, who fought in the French and Indian War, and named the city in 1758.The US$1 million project was initiated by Pittsburgh Pirates' owner Barney Dreyfuss, with the goal of replacing his franchise's then-current home, Exposition Park. The stadium was made of concrete and steel (one of the first of its kind) in order to increase its lifespan. The Pirates opened Forbes Field on June 30, 1909 against the Chicago Cubs, and would play the final game that was also against the Cubs on June 28, 1970. The field itself featured a large playing surface, with the batting cage placed in the deepest part of center field during games. Seating was altered multiple times throughout the stadium's life; at times fans were permitted to sit on the grass in the outfield during overflow crowds. The Pirates won three World Series while at Forbes Field and the other original tenant, the Pittsburgh Panthers football team had five undefeated seasons before moving in 1924.
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  • We actually biked over here and parking was not a problem. The old wall and commemorative plaque is right in the middle of the University of Pittsburgh. Only about 100 ft. Of the left field wall remai...  read more »
  • What can you say about a wall. Not much. But, when I was a student and Carnegie Tech, I had the opportunity to go to a ball game or two. I recall that late in the game, they would let anyone come in s...  read more »
  • Hi all. If you're a newbie to Pittsburgh like we were. Good luck and stay psyched for finding a parking spot. Its rough . 
  • Aa a youngster from erie visiting my cousin in Oakland we attended numerous Pirate games at Forbes FIeld. It holds a special place in my heart as memories of my youth and love of baseball. I was sad to see the Pirates move to a newer but not so grand ballpark.
  • Luke Haruki is an amateur Outfield Wall rater please disregard his opinion on this matter. This wall deserves nothing less than a 5 star. What a great wall.
  • It's a piece of baseball history. Only a portion of the outfield wall remains, but worth a photo-op for any sports fan. Just across the street (on the sidewalk) is a commemorative plaque, and inside Posvar Hall (the large building across from the outfield wall) is the Home Plate for Forbes Field (go in the main entrance and it's about half way down on the left). Metered parking is available along the street. Spent about 30 minutes taking pictures.
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