Gates open, fans begin to stream into PNC Park for Pirates' opener

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The much-anticipated baseball season at last is here.

With 15 minutes until gametime for the Pirates opener, lines are still short at entrances to PNC Park.

At the center field entrance by the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the line was about 10 people deep at noon.

At some entrances, fans went through metal detectors, emptying their pockets into trays. At others, security officers scanned them with wands.

With the game starting at 1:05 p.m., fans remained outside the stadium earlier, drinking beer and eating lunch.

Parking was another matter. Reedsdale Street was jammed for several blocks with cars trying to get into the garage on Tony Dorsett Drive well ahead of gametime. 

Parking lots as far away as the Carnegie Science Center were full by 12:30. Approaching the 1:05 start time, there were still about 1,100 spots open at the Rivers Casino, which only allows cars with occupants who are 21 and over.

Richard Webner: or 412-263-4903. First Published March 31, 2014 11:33 AM

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