Fans are encouraged to bring as little as possible to speed up entry into the PNC Park, leaving all non-essential items at home or in their cars. When going through the walk-through metal detectors, guests are asked to remove only cell phones, cameras, tablets, laptops and other large metal objects. Jackets, belts, coins, keys, wallets, watches, and other small objects do not need to be removed.

Most importantly: Be respectful and mindful of those around you and don’t forget to enjoy the show!

PNC Park in Pittsburgh has several basic rules, but be aware that these are subject to change without notice. If you have any queries about particular items or PNC Park Rules in general, you should contact the venue directly.

Please be kind to your fellow guests, so that the entertainment experience can be enjoyed by all in safety and comfort.

General Rules

You’ll be requested to enter PNC Park via a security screening procedure, so make sure you allow enough time for this. You’ll pass through a walk-through security screening, where you’ll place cameras, cell phones and other large metal objects in a designated container. You won’t need to take off smaller items like watches, belts or articles of clothing.

You must refrain from any form of derogatory language, offensive slogans or gestures and abusive behavior. Play nice!

You mustn’t bring any illegal, hazardous or disruptive items into PNC Park. The Pirates reserve the right to inspect any packages or containers and remove them.


The following items are strictly prohibited from PNC Park :

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal drugs
  • Any tobacco or smoking products, including e-cigarettes and vapes
  • Alcoholic beverages or food purchased outside
  • Fireworks
  • Motorcycle helmets
  • Glass bottles, cans or thermos containers
  • Inflatable balls
  • Frisbees
  • Helium balloons
  • Drones
  • Hoverboards
  • Laser pointers
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Bags or backpacks larger than 16”x16”x 8”
  • Hard-sided bags
  • Animals (except service animals)

Permitted Items

The following items are permitted at most PNC Park events, provided you keep to the general rules.

Bag Policy

You can bring one bag of any style into PNC, provided that it’s soft-sided and no larger than 16” x 16” x 8”. All bags are subject to search. Some bags are allowed for essential medical or childcare items such as medicines, special dietary supplements, diaper bags and items for special assistance.

signs and banners policy

The Pirates welcome signs and banners at ballgames as long as they’re no larger than 4” x 8”. They must not infringe on the play area or impede the vision or action of the players, spectators or umpires. This policy may vary for concerts at PNC Park.

food and drink policy

You can bring in a sealed, clear plastic bottle of water not larger than 24 ounces, and it should be disposable. You may also have special dietary food and children’s juice boxes, but no other drinks or containers. Some areas may be restricted.

animal policy

Service animals are allowed into PNC Park, but no other animals.

camera policy

Visitors to PNC Park ball games are permitted small, personal cameras and video recorders inside the ballpark, for your own use only. Concert-goers should check with PNC Park to see whether performers will allow this policy to stand.

children policy

Children aged up to 2 years may be brought in free to games at PNC Park, but they must sit in an adult’s lap. Children over 2 years old must have a ticket, which costs he same as an adult ticket.

Please be kind to your fellow visitors and abide by these PNC Park Rules.

Don’t forget that they may be changed without notice, so check for up-to-date information if you have a specific query. The Pirates reserve the right to deny you admission or remove you from the premises if you violate their policies. For more a brief background on PNC Park and for more information, please check out the PNC Park information page.