The Pittsburgh Panthers have played collegiate football since 1889. As of 2007, the program boasts 9 national championships, 4 unanimous and 5 shared. The Panthers have additionally been declared national champions by at least one selection organization for 8 other seasons. Dan Marino, Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Jimmy Johnson, and Curtis Martin are among the great players and coaches to represent the University of Pittsburgh. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Pittsburgh Panthers football tickets.
2015 Pittsburgh Panthers Season Preview
2013 was a year of transition for the Pitt Panthers. It was the Panthers first season in the ACC and the first year for head coach Paul Chryst. The Panthers played a brutal ACC schedule that resulted in a 7-6 record and a win over Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Chryst and company come into 2014 a little more familiar with their new conference, but with plenty new faces on the team. The offense lost journeyman quarterback Tom Savage and standout receiver Devin Street to the NFL draft. The reigns of Pitt’s offense will be turned over to sophomore quarterback Chad Voytik, who will be one of 6 sophomores starting on the Panthers offense. Pittsburgh’s defense loses outstanding defensive tackle Aaron Donald and will rely heavily on a strong linebacking core, headlined by seniors Anthony Gonzalez and Todd Thomas. Key games for the Pitt Panthers 2014 ACC Coastal Division title aspirations with October 16th against Virginia Tech, October 25th against Georgia Tech, and November 1st against Duke. If the Panthers can come out of those home games with a winning record, look for them to finish at, or near the top of the ACC Coastal Division.
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Pittsburgh Panthers Football at Heinz Field Address: 100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212
The Pittsburgh Panthers play their home games at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Watching a game at this state of the art 65,000 seat NFL stadium is a treat for any college football fan. The field is notoriously unpredictable, and makes for wild plays and exciting finishes. The Pittsburgh Panthers home bench is on the Heinz Field sideline with sections 130-139. Heinz Field parking information is covered in our Panthers event guide.
Pitt vs. Penn State
A new era begins again for the Pittsburgh Panthers and for the first time in a couple of seasons it has nothing to do with the coaching staff. The Panthers have joined the ACC after being a member of the Big East since 1991. Paul Chryst returns for his second season as the head coach and will need to rely on a defense that returns nine starters. Chryst has to find a new starting quarterback and running back, but receiver Devin Street returns for his senior season after leading the Panthers in catches with 73. The Panthers will make their ACC debut in the first game of the season on national television with the Florida State Seminoles traveling to Pittsburgh. Chryst’s squad will also host Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Miami in 2013.
Pitt vs. West Virginia
The 14th oldest rivalry in college football, the “Backyard Brawl” is one of the most intense games on the east coast. Separated by approximately 75 miles, these interstate neighbors have played over 100 times since 1895. The Panthers lead the series, but the last decade has been arguably the most competitive in the rivalry’s history. With major regional recruiting implications on the line, and two historically passionate fan bases, this rivalry is one of the highlights of every season.
Pitt vs. Cincinnati
Known as the “River City Rivalry,” this young series burst on to the college football landscape. The first meeting between these schools dates back to 1921, but the rivalry didn’t kick off until 2005 with the creation of the “Paddlewheel Trophy.” The 2009 edition of the series is considered one of the most exciting games of the last decade and showcases this young rivalry’s high energy and competitiveness.
Pitt Panthers in the BCS National Championship, Bowl Games and ACC Championship
Sharing their home field with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, the Panthers were member of the Big East Conference since the early 90’s and were crowned champions on more than one occasion before their move to the ACC. With more than 675 wins and close to 30 bowl game appearances, the Pittsburgh Panthers have established themselves as College Football royalty. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game.
Pittsburgh Panthers Event Guide
Where is a good place to eat prior to a Pitt football game?
The Del Monte building on North Shore Dr. close to the Fort Duquesne Bridge has 3 great restaurants that are perfect for a pre/post game meal. You have your choice of: the Jerome Bettis Grille 36, Clark Bar & Grill and Tilted Kilt. About a block away (toward PNC Park) at 247 North Shore Dr. you will find Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse which offers great steaks, an awesome wine selection and the opportunity to rub elbows with local celebrities. Try the Bettis 7oz filet, it’s awesome.
What time do the gates open prior to a Pitt home football game?
The gates at Heinz field open 2 hours prior to kick off for all Pittsburgh Panthers home games.
What is the best hotel to stay at while attending Pitt football game?
There are many options but the Hyatt Place Hotel (Tony Dorsett Dr. & North Shore Dr) and Marriot Hotel (Mazeroski Way & General Robinson St.) are closest to Heinz Field permitting you to easily walk a few blocks to the game or hop in a cab.
Where is the best parking for a Panthers game at Heinz Field?
The closest and the best parking options are in the Gold parking sections directly east of the stadium. The red sections are slightly farther and the blue are the farthest from the field. There is a taxi stand at the Marriot hotel where you can hop in a cab if you aren’t up for the walk.