Finally knocked one more baseball item off my bucket list this past weekend, saw the Pirates play the Giants at PNC Park. I've been to a lot of the classic parks (Wrigley, Fenway, Orioles Park at Camden Yards, original Yankee Stadium, original Busch), but the views at PNC park blow the others out of the water. I can see how fans of the Giants may rank AT&T Park higher for views, but from pictures/TV broadcasts I've seen, I don't think Dodger Stadium or Coors Field could be better. Sorry about that ya non-Yinzers.
Also been to some horrific parks, Three Rivers Stadium, Shea Stadium and RFK Stadium come to mind. Never made it to the Vet, thank God.
Definitely a well-deserved electricity around the Burgh for the Pirates. They have the second best record in the Senior Circuit, just behind the, ahem, Washington Nationals. Long personal story, but despite growing up in Connecticut, I rooted for the Buccos from 1970 to 1992 - the 80's were rough. (After that, it's been my local teams, the O's and then the Nats. Would prolly still be the O's if not for Angelos.)
Even though baseball is mostly for the traditionalists (Wrigley in particular), I thought the game-day production (scoreboard intro's, etc.) were very well done at PNC.
Walking across the Clemente bridge to the game is one of the ultimate game day experiences. I also like the statues of Pops Stargel, Clemente, Maz and Honus in well-situated spots, esp Maz. I like the Bucs-inspired color of the exterior stone. Camden Yards made brick cool again, but I like how a lot of later parks have gone in their own direction.
I will rank a few other ballparks higher in a few categories. But hey, each park is special in it's own way. Mebbe I'm being a homer, but I think Nationals Park has slightly better site lines for viewing the game (versus the city vista) and has a bit more variety for viewing the game. Nats Park has the Red Loft Porch in CF and some incredible open concourses and open areas behind the seats for viewing the game from a huge variety of different angles. It encourages ya to meander. Plus a prominent, retro-feel HD scoreboard. (But with the park location and vista, the Pirates would have been foolish to block the view.)
Pre/post game bar action was highly disappointing (despite some great company.) Wrigleyville blows the other 29 teams out of the water.
Conclusion on my limited samples:
Ballpark: PNC #1
Destination for a Roadtrip: Wrigleyville