PNC Park is getting a new coat of paint.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will spend $988,084 out of a capital improvement fund overseen by the city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority to paint the park's steel superstructure, much of which is visible to the public. The SEA board unanimously approved the reimbursement this morning.
SEA Executive Director Mary Conturo said the Pirates hope to have the painting completed before the start of the season. The paint not only is aesthetic in nature but protects the steel from corrosion. SEA officials said the current paint is "in the beginning stages of deterioration."
The capital improvement fund tapped by the Pirates is funded through ticket surcharges. Before the reimbursement for the painting, the fund had about $6 million available for repairs and maintenance.