With so many things to see and do in Pittsburgh, you’ll be spoiled for choice.  However, there’s arguably nothing more exciting than going to see a Pittsburgh Steelers football game. Pittsburgh oozes black and gold, and when football season is in full swing, it’s hard not to miss out! If you have never seen the Pittsburgh Steelers in action, having an idea of what to expect before you visit can make a huge difference. Here are a few ways on how you can prepare before seeing a game.

Why Visit?

Whether you’re visiting Pittsburgh for a vacation or you’re a city resident, you must visit Heinz Field at least once in your lifetime. Being in a stadium with over 60,000 fans creates an electric atmosphere that you won’t forget in a hurry. Even if you aren’t a huge sports fan, many people take in a Pittsburgh Steelers football game and leave with a smile on their face. Going to see a game brings the city together with one common goal in mind, to cheer on the team!

Where to Sit

Knowing where to sit in Heinz Field can make all the difference when it comes to getting the best view in the house. The stadium is a fantastic venue and if you’re willing to splash the cash, you can get up close and personal with the star players. To get a perspective of prices, you would typically spend $80 per ticket for a seat in the 500 level.

If you want to be in the 50-yard line, it’s likely that you will need to spend up to $200 (and that’s including the nose bleeds!). If the front row is where you want to be, be prepared to shell out $700 or more to get the best view. There are so many options and prices to consider so it’s best to do your research before you book your tickets.

Parking

To save money, it’s best to park far away from the stadium if you can. Parking anywhere near the proximity of Heinz Field can see you spending between $30 to $50! If you don’t mind walking, there are plenty of service lots situated in downtown Pittsburgh that charge between $7-$8 per night.

You need to be aware that the roads close to the stadium are restricted when a game is on. Meters are switched off and vehicles will be removed so you should bear this in mind if you are traveling by car. There are also residential blocks near the stadium so it’s important to be respectful to the residents, otherwise you may face a hefty fine!

Food and Drink

The stadium has a variety of food and drink options that can keep you satisfied throughout the game. Whether you’re into conventional stadium food such as pizza and nachos, or local favorites such as Primanti Brothers, you are sure to find something to suit your taste buds. Bear in mind that prices will naturally be higher in the stadium than they would be close by.

If you can get to the stadium early, you must take a trip to the North Shore where you can find some fantastic restaurants such as Southern Tier and Burgatory. If you want to explore, you may want to walk to Western Avenue, where you can find Nicky’s Thai Kitchen and Bier’s Pub. If you don’t want to carry cash with you while on your trip, you may want to consider getting a prepaid debit card. Many of the restaurants accept the card as a form of payment, meaning you don’t have to worry about losing any money.

Game Logistics

Having an idea of game logistics can help you work out how to get in and out of the stadium with ease. The gates to Heinz Field open around 2 hours before kickoff, giving you plenty of time to get in, get some food, and find your seat. Bear in mind that the lines can get incredibly long, especially if you plan to enter just before the game starts. Therefore, arriving as early as possible is key.

Once the game has finished, you can imagine that 60,000 people trying to get out of the stadium at the same time can be problematic. Therefore, to escape the large crowds, you may want to consider staying at Heinz Field to have a meal. That way, you can leave when most of the attendees have left. As mentioned earlier, parking as far away from the stadium as possible can help you beat the traffic, however, many people leave a little bit early so trying to avoid the hustle and bustle can be a challenge.

Accommodation

There are several hotels located close to Heinz Field which can be found in the North Shore, as well as in downtown Pittsburgh. If you are choosing the North Shore for your stay, there are plenty of options to pick from such as the Holiday Inn North Shore, SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn. All these hotels are roughly a 10-minute walk from Heinz Field, however expect to pay more for your stay, especially on game day.

If you want to stay a little further out, you may be interested in the Hampton Inn Downtown. Not only can you take advantage of free parking, the hotel is roughly a 30 to 45-minute walk away from Heinz Field, meaning you can be away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. No matter where you pick, you need to be prepared for the inflated prices, so only you can decide which type of accommodation is best for you.

When heading to Heinz Field to take in a game from the Pittsburgh Steelers, knowing the best seats in the house can give you the best view possible. Also, finding the best parking spots can reduce the risk of you being stuck in traffic after the game has finished. Taking in a football game at Heinz Field is something that you must do when in Pittsburgh. Make sure that you stay safe, aware of your surroundings and most importantly, enjoy the game!