Tailgating for sporting events and concerts is a Pittsburgh tradition. Although recent business and commercial development over the past 10 years has reduced the number of parking areas in which to tailgate, people continue to tailgate in and around Pittsburgh stadiums.
The city of Pittsburgh is home to 3 major sports teams, the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates – and also home to the University of Pittsburgh. Tailgating goes on to varying degrees for all four of these organizations. In addition to sporting events, Heinz Field (home of the Steelers and Pitt Panthers) hosts many large outdoor summer concerts that include large tailgate parties beforehand.
Tailgating information including parking lots and parking costs, ticket information, and more for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tailgating for baseball? Yes Bucco games are a hot spot to tailgate at the start of the season and any weekend game while the team is still playing well.
Tailgating for hockey isn’t as popular as other sports and many people visit bars before the game, but some people still do tailgate for Penguins games.
With its hills, tunnels, rivers, bridges, and triangle shaped downtown, Pittsburgh is not the easiest city to navigate. Thankfully the downtown area is quite compact, so once you get the hang of it, it’s not too bad. In addition, PNC Park and Heinz field are located next to each other, so if you are tailgating for the Steelers, Pitt Panthers, or the Pirates, then you only need to know how to navigate to the North Shore.
From the North and South, Pittsburgh is easily accessed via I-79. Coming from the North you will exit I-79 onto I-279 at a point just south of Wexford, PA. Coming from the south on I-79, you will also exit onto I-279, aka US 22/30, Penn Lincoln Highway, and the Parkway West (there is no Parkway South). From here you can also connect with Route 60 to the airport.
The main access to Pittsburgh from the East/West is via the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76. There are four Pittsburgh exits: Exit 28 in Cranberry (Route 19, Perry Highway), Exit 39 in Gibsonia (Route 8, Butler Valley), Exit 48 in Harmarville (Allegheny Valley) and Exit 57 in Monroeville (easiest access to Pittsburgh). Coming from the East you will exit the PA Turnpike in Monroeville (Exit 57) to connect to the Parkway East (also known as I-376, US 22/30 and the Penn Lincoln Parkway). Coming from the Northwest (Cleveland) you exit at Route 19 (Exit 28) and follow Route 19 (Perry Highway) to I-79S. Interstates 70 and 68, which both connect to I-79 south of Pittsburgh, also provide access from the East/West.