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Pittsburgh Steelers Tailgating

Tailgating Venue Information

Stadium Official Name:
Heinz Field 
100 Art Rooney Avenue
Stadium Nickname:
Previous Stadium Names:

Team President:
Nolan G 

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General Overview

Super Tip
Be sure to get your beer on Saturday; there is no liquor sales on Sunday in Pennsylvania. You'll have to visit a state-run store.

Fan Tip
You need to get there basically when the lots open 5 hours before game time. If it's 1:00pm game start the lots open at 8am if it is 4:15pm start the lots open at 11:15am. Your best bet is to try to get a parking pass on eBay if you can. Or try the Blue North Canal Lot, that is open to the public, but you got to get there at 8am. If you are just joining a tailgate, you can park in any of the Parking garages.

Joining A Tailgate Tip
Suggestion is to park your car at station square and take the ferry over. There are places to park depending upon how much you want to spend, if your from out of state, don't worry they will let you in, if you are in line. (heard from some parking super genius guy).

How To Get To Pittsburgh Steelers Tailgate


From the East
Take I-376, US-22 and go West for 14.2 miles. Take Exit 1 to North Shore and I-279 North. Bear left on ramp at sign reading Exit 11B - North Shore.

From the North
Take I-79 and go South to I-279. Follow I-279 to Exit 21 I-279 South to Pittsburgh. Take Exit 12 to North Shore.

From the South
Take I-79 North to Exit 14 for I-279 North towards Pittsburgh. Follow I-279 through the Fort Pitt Tunnel/Bridge (Left Lane) to the sign reading Exit 11A, 11B PA-65 North to North Shore/Ohio River Blvd and US-19. Take Exit 11B - North Shore.

From the West and Airport
From the PA Turnpike (I-76 East), take Exit 1A Rt-60-South towards Pittsburgh (Portions Toll), or from the Pittsburgh Airport follow PA-Route-60-South towards Pittsburgh. Continue to Pittsburgh following signs for US-22, US-30 and I-279 through the Fort Pitt Tunnel/Bridge. Follow I-279 through the Fort Pitt Tunnel (Left Lane) to the sign reading Exit 11A, 11B PA-65 North to North Shore/Ohio River Blvd and US-19. Bear left on ramp at sign reading Exit 11B - North Shore.

Take The Bus

Visit the 2009 Port Authority Steelers Service Shuttle site for more information, including current routes and fares.

Parking Information

Because most of the 6,187 parking spaces in the Heinz Field lots on the North Shore are reserved and pre-sold before the season, fans without a reserved space should utilize the approximately 10,000 parking spaces downtown and in the Strip District and 3,400 spots at Station Square. Additionally, Port Authority buses run from the Park N' Ride lots throughout the city to Heinz Field prior to the game. Fans utilizing the downtown Pittsburgh lots can access Heinz Field by walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge, which is closed to vehicular traffic on game days, and taking the adjoining river walk directly to the stadium. The Gateway Clipper also operates riverboat shuttles for fans who park at Station Square, while Pittsburgh Water Limo operates a Steelers/Panthers game day water limo between the Roberto Clemente Bridge on the downtown Pittsburgh side to the Water-side entrance of Heinz Field.

Popular Heinz Field Parking Options

Downtown & Mellon Arena Lots
The city of Pittsburgh Parking Authority has twelve Downtown lots and garages offering 10,000 spaces with game-day rates of $5. Tailgating is permitted in some lots. Parking is available for a $5 flat rate at most downtown parking lots on game days and a Port Authority Shuttle is available to transport you from the lots to Heinz Field for $1.50 each way. The First Avenue Garage and the Grant Street Transportation Center Garages both have shuttles that run right from the garage. If you choose to park at the Mon Wharf, you can also easily walk over to Heinz field using the new river walkway connection via Point State Park and the Ft. Duquesne Bridge. Downtown parking is also available at the PPG Garage and Stanwix Street and Westinghouse garages ($5-15 on game days/nights). A variety of other downtown garages and lots are also available.

Allegheny Center/North Shore Lots
North Shore Parking can be a bit pricey, but there are a few first come/first serve options available: the lots adjacent to the Carnegie Science Center; the Allegheny Center Garage; the North Shore Garage; and Alco Parking Lots 7G, 7H and 7J. Several additional Alco lots are available on a first come/first serve basis for Panthers games only.
Alco Game Day Parking Map

Station Square Parking
Fans parking at the approximately 3,400 available parking spaces in the Station Square Garage or West Lots ($8.00) can board a Gateway Clipper Fleet shuttle boat and take a short ride across the Monongahela and Ohio to the North Shore right at the Stadium for $5.00 each way per person. Steelers boat shuttles begin running approximately two hours prior to kickoff and return service begins during the third quarter and continues until after the game is over. Or you can take the "T" from Station Square to Downtown's Gateway Station and then walk across the Ft. Duquesne Bridge over to Heinz Field, or get off at Wood Street Station and take a Shuttle Bus to Heinz Field (using your transfer).
View Station Square Parking Info

Special Tip: If you don’t need to tailgate in the traditional way, this might be your best option. It is going to cost you $8.00 for parking but it is a good deal if you plan to stay after the game. There are a ton of things to do in Station Square. You can even stay at the Sheraton during your visit. The neatest thing is the ability to take a riverboat over to the game. It costs $8 roundtrip per person. Here is a decent overview of the Station Square in map form.

Strip District Parking
Approximately 3,000 parking spaces are available in the Strip District where tailgating is permitted. Parking is available for $3 - $5 and a Port Authority Shuttle (98D) is available to the Stadium for $1.50 roundtrip.

South Side Parking
OK - It's a bit more of a hike, but if you're stuck, Network Parking Co. offers 3,500 spaces on the South Side.

Food and Drink

Jerome Bettis' Grill 36
393 N. Shore Dr

Quaker Steak & Lube
110 Andrew Dr

Sports Rock Cafe
1400 Smallman St

The Locker Room Bar & Grille
1825 E. Carson St

Local Attractions

Diversions/Shopping for the non-football Watching Spouse
Below are a few suggestions to do while in Pittsburgh. Some of these places are within walking distance of Heinz Field. This might come in handy for a spouse who might not want to go to the game.

Andy Warhol Museum
The National Aviary
Carnegie Science Center
SportsWorks NOTE: This is a great place to take kids for several hours. BTW, if you are an educator tell them and receive a nice discount.
A good place to visit if Pitt is playing at night is the Western Pennsylvania Sports History Museum at the Heinz History Center. The Heinz History Center is an excellent history museum that is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute.

If your spouse wants to shop there are a few close by choices. A few miles away is Southside Works. It has food, movies and quite a few popular store brands. Another option is Station Square. The nice thing about Station Square is you can tailgate/go to the game while they shop. One last option is to take in the big department stores downtown.



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