One thing to keep in mind is that this is Pittsburgh. Even in June, you can have pretty much all 4 seasons in one day. But if by some stroke of luck you happen to be there on a bright sunny day, you have little shade inside PNC Park. Your best bet is to shoot for a Saturday evening game at PNC if the sun is a problem for you or your dad.
The only thing I can think of to enhance a Saturday evening at PNC is a competitive baseball team.
For a day game, shade can be found in the box seats if you sit far enough back. Third base will have sun the longest. First base can get more shade later in the day.
If you sat in row W or Z you will be in the shade between 1st and second in the box seats.(Sections 125 thru 115) If you sit in the upper deck or PBC seats you will be in the sun for most if not all of the day.
Mikeh - it's not an odd question.
You can sit at field level underneath the overhang and be in the shade all day. Try sections 110-112 and ask for seats underneath (something like row T or higher). These are on the 1st base side.
Like Chicoe mentioned, June can be a funny month here, including lots of rain. Call the club and order from a human being and ask to be seated under cover.
Enjoy your afternoon with Dad.
I recommend anything in the 110s and am also a proponent of sitting undercover when buying tickets in advance, mostly because rain is extremely unpredictable in June here in Pittsburgh.
I've used row AA many times (usually in 115) and have been very happy with it. It's far enough back to avoid rain altogether but is still close enough to provide a nice view of both the game and the city. It's also undercover enough to avoid a sunburn, although I'd still advise taking the shades along. (Even better, if you have Transitions lenses, make sure you wear them--I find they are quite useful at the games, especially with sudden rain or night games). Avoid aisle seats (try to get something like 5 and 6), as you'll get too many people going up and down during the game and too many folks on the end coming in (and potentially spilling their ketchup and beer on you).
Also, while unrelated to the seating, I will give my parking recommendation as well. Park at Theater Square Parking, located near the Bennedum Center. It's really not that far of a walk to PNC and was only $6 last time I parked there. Hopefully the rates stay the same for 2010. I like this garage because of its price and also because you get a lot of theater patrons who park there; they tend to drive nice cars and are less likely to bang into your doors (compared to other garages where you get a lot of young drivers and families with kids). They also won't get drunk, meaning less of a chance for a fender bender. The garage also has a great glass-enclosed elevator with a nice view as a bonus.
Boomer - I'm not crazy about the club level seats. Since my regular seats are 9 rows from the field between the mound and 1st base, I feel too removed from the action and the sounds of the game when sitting up "high" (even row A!). We get comp seats a few times a year in the club, and Mr. C. and I always migrate back down to our regular section by the 4th inning.
One benefit of the club: it is a godsend on cold, hot, or rainy days!
To avoid the sun any section 101-114 row "T" or behind will protect you from the sun and the rain.
That would be on the first base side to close to home plate. If you want to sit on the 3rd base side you would have to go 130-132 row "BB" or behind to play it safe.
I did the seats in LF when Barry came to town once. The Outback Steakhouse was still there. I was amazed at how great the seats were. I also sat in WPXI's box which is down the RF line, next to the last box before the Clemente Wall. Same deal. The view I had for Morgan's diving catch to rob Aram Ramirez seemed to be just a matter of a few feet away.
When I do go back, I want to hit the seats above the Clemente wall. You can't go wrong as far as seats inside PNC.
Speaking of the Outback.....
I sold my former house while having dinner at the Outback at PNC Park.
We had put that house up for sale for the purposes of making a contingent offer on a house that we really liked and was for sale in Beaver County.
We listed ours, made an offer to the owner in Beaver County and he turned us down flat so we said it was no big deal, we'd just stay where we were. We liked that house well enough. It was just that the Beaver County one was kind of our dream house.
It was January with 8 - 10" of snow on the ground so I didn't bother taking the for sale sign in the front yard down.
A friend from Detroit was in town and he was a big sports nut so we thought it would be cool to go to PNC Park and show it to him.
Unbeknownst to us, while we were out two families stopped to look at our house because the for sale sign was still up and they got into a bidding war and we ended up getting an offer of $1,000 over our asking price.
So our real estate agent calls me on my cell phone while we are having dinner at Outback / PNC Park and said she had great news, she got a terrific offer for our house.
Even though we didn't have anywhere to go, she explained that it is not very wise to turn down an offer at or above your asking price so we agreed to sell.
It was really weird finishing dinner and not knowing where we would be living in 60 days.