Forbes Field was a baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1909 to June 28, 1970. It was the third home of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball (MLB) team, and the first home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the city's National Football League (NFL) franchise. The stadium also served as the home football field for the University of Pittsburgh "Pitt" Panthers from 1909 to 1924. The stadium was named after British general John Forbes, who fought in the French and Indian War, and named the city in 1758.Plan to visit Forbes Field and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Pittsburgh attractions using our Pittsburgh route app .
The US$1 million project was initiated by Pittsburgh Pirates' owner Barney Dreyfuss, with the goal of replacing his franchise's then-current home, Exposition Park. The stadium was made of concrete and steel (one of the first of its kind) in order to increase its lifespan. The Pirates opened Forbes Field on June 30, 1909, against the Chicago Cubs, and would play the final game that was also against the Cubs on June 28, 1970. The field itself featured a large playing surface, with the batting cage placed in the deepest part of center field during games. Seating was altered multiple times throughout the stadium's life; at times fans were permitted to sit on the grass in the outfield during overflow crowds. The Pirates won three World Series while at Forbes Field and the other original tenant, the Pittsburgh Panthers football team had five undefeated seasons before moving in 1924.
Forbes Field Reviews
If you are in Oakland and you want too see the last standing wall of the old Forbes Field then take 5 min and walk to the wall. It truly is a great baseball historical gem more »
I used to go to Pirates games when I was a kid. I remember watching Roberto Clemente play ball there. He passed far too young, but doing something for his fellow man. What a waste of a good person. Go... more »
Love that even after Pitt built on campus, the wall remains to remind us that at one time, the Pirates actually mattered!!!
The ghosts of baseball are real and hiding in plain sight at Pitt.
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