PITTSBURGH PANTHER BASKETBALL EXPERIENCE:
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania
Stadium: Petersen Events Center
Conference: Big East
Rivals: Duquesne Dukes
The University of Pittsburgh Panthers basketball team is one of the top teams to watch in the Big East, in national polls, and in the NCAA Tournament every year. A home game at “the Pete” in Pittsburgh is a load and raucous experience making it nearly impossible for visiting teams to come away with a win. At a Pittsburgh Panthers game you can walk through the McCarl Hall of Champions and tour Pittsburgh’s storied athletic past. For the best experience, sit in one of the courtside luxury suites, the only such boxes in all the NCAA. The “Oakland Zoo”, Pittsburgh Panthers’ rowdy student section dressed all in gold and leading the Pittsburgh fans and cheering on the Panthers is a spectacle you have to see!
The Pittsburgh Panthers first fielded a basketball team in 1905. The team won two national championships in 1928 and 1930 with famed coach Henry Clifford “Doc” Carlson and with national Player of the Year and three-time All-American Charlie Hyatt. The Pittsburgh Panthers would also win 4 conference championships during Carlson’s tenure as coach. After more conference success in the 1980’s, Pittsburgh Panthers would see great success again after Ben Howland became coach in 1999. Led next by Howland’s assistant, and current coach, Jamie Dixon, this new era of Pittsburgh Panthers basketball has landed the team in the top-10 nearly every season, and given Pittsburgh record breaking trips to the Big East Championship and the Sweet Sixteen. Pittsburgh Panthers has had a long list of college stars including Charlie Hyatt and Brandin Knight.
The Pittsburgh Panthers play their home games at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “The Pete” was opened in 2002 and was named “the toughest place to play” for visiting teams in 2006. Experiencing the “Oakland Zoo” as they cheer on the Panthers and harass the visiting squad is a classic college basketball experience. Buy Pittsburgh Panthers basketball tickets and be a part of one of college basketball’s most celebrated traditions!
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