Pirates Moving Location of “All You Can Eat” Seats

The ‘All You Can Eat’ seats, one of the most popular sections at PNC Park, appear to be moving locations in the ballpark.

According to the seating chart on pirates.com, the AYCE seats will now be in the upper deck (sections 201-205) – outlined in black below:

seating chart 2013

In previous years, they were atop the Clemente Wall – circled in black below:

The prices for AYCE in 2013 are as follows:
Advanced Price ~ Regular Game = $42
Advanced Price ~ Premium Game = $45
Day of Game Price ~ Regular Game = $47
Day of Game Price ~ Premium Game = $50

The Pirates are the winners here; they’ll end up with some extra cash. Sections 201-205, tucked away far from the action, were formerly known as the “Pirates Cove”. They had trouble filling those sections, but that should no longer be an issue. Many who flock to PNC, especially an average fan, get lured in by the All You Can Eat seats. We’ve sat there multiple times and plan on doing so in the future – which is just the logic the Bucs organization is looking for. They know people will still head for AYCE, despite their downgraded location. Plus, the Outfield Reserved seats, where the All You Can Eat seats used to be located, will still sell out at about $22 to $28 per game.

You can read our ‘PNC Experience’ on the AYCE seats HERE.

PNC Experience: All You Can Eat Seats

UPDATE (December, 2012):

The Pirates have moved the location of the All You Can Eat Seats for the 2013 season. You can read about the location and pricing changes HERE.

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Since 2008, the Pirates have offered the “All You Can Eat” seats at PNC Park, an option that includes as much food as you can handle throughout a ballgame.

The AYCE seats are located on top of the Clemente Wall in right field, and consist of sections 145, 146, and 147:

The items available include: hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, salads, popcorn, peanuts, peanut butter filled pretzels, ice cream, and pop. The AYCE seats are available for all 81 home games. There is a concession stand on the Riverwalk that is only available to members of the All You Can Eat section.

For 2012, the AYCE seats are $38 in advance and $43 on gameday. This has increased $3 since the Pirates decided to increase tickets prices this offseason.

Many who consider the All You Can Eat seats often ask the same question: is it worth it?

Overall, it really depends on how much you are willing to eat. If you’re coming to PNC Park on an empty stomach and haven’t eaten all day, it’s definitely worth it. The other seats on the Clemente Wall cost $20/advance and $23/gameday. Therefore you’d have to eat about $18 worth if you buy in advance and $20 worth if you purchase tickets before the game.

Ballpark food is certainly not cheap, so you could easily top that amount if you get a lot food. One thing to consider is that the AYCE food comes in smaller portions. For example, you won’t find a footlong hot dog or a large drink at the AYCE concession stand. The portions are similar to those featured at the Bucaroos food stand on the other side of the ballpark.

Depending on your appetite, the All You Can Eat seats are usually a bargain. They sell out quickly, so you should secure your tickets early and get them for $5 cheaper than buying them at the last minute on gameday. It’s also a good thing that they are featured for every home game, so you can virtually get them for any game. Many MLB teams feature AYCE but only make them available for certain games. Another plus is that they are pretty good seats. Most teams make their AYCE all the way up in the upper deck. At PNC, you get a pretty good view from the Clemente Wall. Also, the speed line is great. It is right behind the section so you won’t miss any of the action or stand in a long line.

For info on the All You Can Eat seats and to buy tickets, click HERE.

Have you ever sat in the All You Can Eat seats at PNC Park? Was it a positive experience? Is it worth the money? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

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