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packfntk
12-14-2009, 02:12 PM
Hey guys-

Packer fan here again. I hopped on here about two months ago when we started looking at buying Packer/Steeler tix. Well we bought our tix and we are leaving to come to town on Thursday! So excited to see Heinz and what your great team/fans have to offer. Heinz is the #1 stadium I have always wanted to see, can't wait to see the terrible towels.

So my seats are in section 127, anyone here sat in that section before or have any insight? I think they should be pretty decent, but every stadium is different.

Also, looking for some pointers as to where to go while in town. We are for sure going to DeLuca's for Breakfast and to Primanti Bro's probably like 10 times!!! (Yes, we watched the Man Vs Food episode.....) But does anyone have any other ideas on where we should go or what we should do? We are staying at the Renaissance Hotel which isn't very far away from Heinz, it is downtown.

Any pointers are greatly appreciated!

BTW, I truly to respect your tradition, team, and fanhood. The steelers have one of the best fan bases in the NFL, joining my Green Bay Packers of course!

Let me know thoughts, it should be fun! :popcorn:

supa_fly_steeler
12-14-2009, 02:31 PM
Hey welcome, i hope it's a good game, i respect the packers

http://pittsburgh.about.com/library/onestop/bl_visitpittsburgh.htm

Galax Steeler
12-14-2009, 02:32 PM
There is an incline ride across from Heinz field it will take you to the top of the hill where you can look over the city. I would highly recommend it. I am sure there are some others on here that can probably help you more but maybe this will help.

packfntk
12-14-2009, 02:34 PM
There is an incline ride across from Heinz field it will take you to the top of the hill where you can look over the city. I would highly recommend it. I am sure there are some others on here that can probably help you more but maybe this will help.

Thanks, any idea on a name of it or how I would find it?

plenewken
12-14-2009, 02:51 PM
Thanks, any idea on a name of it or how I would find it?

http://incline.pghfree.net/directpark.htm

packfntk
12-14-2009, 02:59 PM
So you just park your vehicle there and they bring you up by train, or what?

plenewken
12-14-2009, 03:28 PM
So you just park your vehicle there and they bring you up by train, or what?

Parking is available at the Lower Station of The Duquesne Incline, just off of West Carson Street, directly across the street from the Incline Station; the parking lot is located between West Carson Street and the Ohio River. Watch for the signs, on West Carson Street, which direct you to the parking lot.

After parking your vehicle, use the pedestrian bridge, which crosses West Carson Street, to reach the Incline Station(boarding platforms are located on second floor of Station building).

packfntk
12-14-2009, 03:30 PM
Wow thanks! I am so jacked up to get there. How is the nightlife? Should be expect to be ridden out of town or what? :rofl:

stlrtruck
12-14-2009, 03:55 PM
Dude, you've got to make a stop in at Bettis' Grille at least once. And get the 36oz steak (but I wouldn't recommend eating it all at once). It was the best piece of steak I've EVER eaten - EVER!!!!!

Depending on where you go for the nightlife, it's can be an awesome event.

There is the strip district with the floating barge with several different themed areas. But it's cold this time of year and they put up a temporary covering on it so it's not as big as during the summer.

There are a few other areas but in get in good with the locals, don't mention the recent Steelers problems, or that you're a packers fan and you should be fine :chuckle:

AllD
12-14-2009, 04:01 PM
Wow thanks! I am so jacked up to get there. How is the nightlife? Should be expect to be ridden out of town or what? :rofl:



Steelers fans are not like NYers. The only way you would be ridden out of town is if your name was Maddox or Arians or Ligashesky.

packfntk
12-14-2009, 04:05 PM
Thanks, after a little research I tracked down a few places: Bananna Joes Sports Bar, Bash Night Club, Tequila Willies, and Hi-Tops by PNC. Anyone ever been to any of these? I will have to go to Bettis'.

Thanks AIID, from what I have heard, Pittsburgh is just a bigger GB. (I live in GB). Just a good old, hard working blue collar town that has passion for their team. That is what it is all about. God I love football!

steelerchad
12-14-2009, 04:19 PM
From your hotel I would walk to the game unless you have a parking pass and are planning a tailgate.
If you're going to do bars pregame both Bettis and McFaddens are in between PNC park and Heinz Field.

packfntk
12-14-2009, 04:27 PM
I bought a parking pass in GOLD1 so we are tailgating for sure!

plenewken
12-14-2009, 04:42 PM
Dude, you've got to make a stop in at Bettis' Grille at least once. And get the 36oz steak (but I wouldn't recommend eating it all at once). It was the best piece of steak I've EVER eaten - EVER!!!!!

Depending on where you go for the nightlife, it's can be an awesome event.

There is the strip district with the floating barge with several different themed areas. But it's cold this time of year and they put up a temporary covering on it so it's not as big as during the summer.

There are a few other areas but in get in good with the locals, don't mention the recent Steelers problems, or that you're a packers fan and you should be fine :chuckle:

The floating barge (Donzi's) closed in 2008 and is now gone. The Strip is kinda dead. Best places are around the Stadium, Station Square and the South Side,

Crow-Magnon
12-14-2009, 05:02 PM
Wow thanks! I am so jacked up to get there. How is the nightlife? Should be expect to be ridden out of town or what? :rofl:

I've spent a lot of time in Pittsburgh; it's got a lot of nice places to eat and have a good time at. 'Burghers may be loathe to admit it, but Pittsburgh and Baltimore are a lot alike. Both have deep blue-collar roots and plenty of ethnic neighborhoods. And you cannot get a better Friday night fish sandwich anywhere. Or a better steak salad.

Is Mad Mex stil open? They had great Mexican fare.

johnnyribcage
12-14-2009, 05:17 PM
Wow thanks! I am so jacked up to get there. How is the nightlife? Should be expect to be ridden out of town or what? :rofl:

Great nightlife around here, but it depends on what type of nightlife is your style. Station Square is across the River from downtown, it's a little pricier and more upscale than "the south side" which is down the street (Carson) from Station Square. Tons of bars and stuff and bars. If you like Japanese steakhouses, Nakama in the South Side is pretty much amazing. Bettis Grill is worth a trip. You mentioned DeLucas, but I would also recommend a trip to Pamela's for breakfast as well. Obama loves their pancakes so much he brought her down to the White House to make them for him. The Strip District is a cool place to check out with lots of restaurants, markets, etc. I'd go during the day. Bloomfield is an area down the road and up the hill from The Strip that's loaded with awesome italian restaurants and a few decent bars. Silky's is a local fav.

You can look any of these areas up on the internet for more details and directions.
I'm praying for a good game, but I ain't holding my breath. I hope you have a good trip, Pittsburgh is a fantastic city with a ton to do, and so many people outside the area have no idea, they think it's a dirty industrial town with nothing to do but watch football. They're wrong! With any luck you won't bump into any jackass fans. Most Steeler fans are pretty cool but you know there's always a few bad apples.

I hope we give you a game!
:drink:

SteelCityMom
12-14-2009, 05:20 PM
Thanks, after a little research I tracked down a few places: Bananna Joes Sports Bar, Bash Night Club, Tequila Willies, and Hi-Tops by PNC. Anyone ever been to any of these? I will have to go to Bettis'.

Thanks AIID, from what I have heard, Pittsburgh is just a bigger GB. (I live in GB). Just a good old, hard working blue collar town that has passion for their team. That is what it is all about. God I love football!

It depends on what your crowd is. I used to co-own a bar/club a block away from Bash...and it's kind of a clubby college crowd. All of the clubs on Smallman pretty much are (in the Strip District).

If you're looking for more sports oriented bars or are into a little bit more of an eclectic crowd, I'd stray down to the Southside on Carson Street (which is where Bettis' is located). My favorites are The Smiling Moose (a metal bar), The Tiki Lounge (because they have the coolest bathrooms ever lol), Finn McCools, Diesel is an ok club, Marios. Pretty much it's just a fun place to go bar hopping.

Here's a couple lists.

http://www.southsidepgh.com/be_entertained/nightlife.php
http://www.studentguidetopittsburgh.com/food/bars.htm

johnnyribcage
12-14-2009, 05:37 PM
It depends on what your crowd is. I used to co-own a bar/club a block away from Bash...and it's kind of a clubby college crowd. All of the clubs on Smallman pretty much are (in the Strip District).

If you're looking for more sports oriented bars or are into a little bit more of an eclectic crowd, I'd stray down to the Southside on Carson Street (which is where Bettis' is located). My favorites are The Smiling Moose (a metal bar), The Tiki Lounge (because they have the coolest bathrooms ever lol), Finn McCools, Diesel is an ok club, Marios. Pretty much it's just a fun place to go bar hopping.

Here's a couple lists.

http://www.southsidepgh.com/be_entertained/nightlife.php
http://www.studentguidetopittsburgh.com/food/bars.htm

Good info all but unless there's another Bettis Grille the only one I know of is right next to Heinz Field. Speaking of the Smiling Moose my band The MP's are playing there Thursday night.

packfntk
12-14-2009, 05:38 PM
Awesome. You guys rock!

Well, my buddies and I are 27 so we are kind of at that in-between stage where we like to party a lot college style, yet sometimes we like to chill out at a sports bar and shoot the bull with some locals about football. I am sure we will find something that works for us.

We travel to at least one away stadium per year, Heinz is my #1 (Besides Lambeau of course!) so I am pretty excited.

TheWarDen86
12-14-2009, 06:03 PM
I've always heard that Packers fans treat rival fans pretty good up at Lambeau. I hope you are treated well by Steelers fans and enjoy your visit. Although, I do not wish the same for the Packers, but you understand that. lol.

Thanks for stopping by. :drink:

packfntk
12-14-2009, 06:10 PM
I've always heard that Packers fans treat rival fans pretty good up at Lambeau. I hope you are treated well by Steelers fans and enjoy your visit. Although, I do not wish the same for the Packers, but you understand that. lol.

Thanks for stopping by. :drink:

Thanks, yeah we have heard that Lambeau is one of the more "Visiting Team Fan Friendly" stadiums in the league and we pride ourselves on that. Last thing we want is to be grouped with Philly and Oakland.

I have been to:

Metrodome
Soldier Field
LP Field
Arrowhead

Arrowhead was my favorite, and the only one where we were really harassed was Soldier but that's because we have the oldest rivalry in the NFL. But I still hate the ViQueens more. :mad:

tony hipchest
12-14-2009, 06:12 PM
Thanks, after a little research I tracked down a few places: Bananna Joes Sports Bar, Bash Night Club, Tequila Willies, and Hi-Tops by PNC. Anyone ever been to any of these? I will have to go to Bettis'.

Thanks AIID, from what I have heard, Pittsburgh is just a bigger GB. (I live in GB). Just a good old, hard working blue collar town that has passion for their team. That is what it is all about. God I love football!i had to duck bullets outside of banana joes (leaving rose buds) at closing back in '01. saw my first dead dude 10 feet away in the street after i got up off the ground. good thing was, there was an off duty police officer on security detail who shot and killed the one doing the random drive-by. (my first and only experience of the strip district nightlife).

but yeah, you definitely need to check out the incline. much like witnessing a drive by and running for your life, it is a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget and always appreciate.

TheWarDen86
12-14-2009, 06:18 PM
i had to duck bullets outside of banana joes (leaving rose buds) at closing back in '01. saw my first dead dude 10 feet away in the street after i got up off the ground. good thing was, there was an off duty police officer on security detail who shot and killed the one doing the random drive-by. (my first and only experience of the strip district nightlife).

but yeah, you definitely need to check out the incline. much like witnessing a drive by and running for your life, it is a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget and always appreciate.

Damn. Sounds like a nice time.

:chuckle:

packfntk
12-14-2009, 06:53 PM
Is the crime rate high in Pitt? I thought I heard it was low...

I am sure it is more than GB, any city is..... :wink02:

SteelCityMom
12-14-2009, 06:56 PM
Good info all but unless there's another Bettis Grille the only one I know of is right next to Heinz Field. Speaking of the Smiling Moose my band The MP's are playing there Thursday night.

:doh: You're right...don't know why I'm thinking 36 is down on Carson. Brain fart.

I love the Smiling Moose...we used to be regulars there, at Dee's and at Peters Pub in Oakland when we were searching out bands to play at Prana. Good times, good times...don't remember a lot of them, but they were good times lol.

SteelCityMom
12-14-2009, 06:59 PM
Is the crime rate high in Pitt? I thought I heard it was low...

I am sure it is more than GB, any city is..... :wink02:

Yeah, compared to GB it would be, but no...the crime rate here is pretty low. There's a couple bad neighborhoods you want to stay away from, but that's about it. Sometimes a fights break out, but nothing to be real worried about ya know. They get taken care of quickly.

IMO the people here are pretty nice and you most likely won't get any flack for being a GB fan. Lots of good sports fans down here.

MasterOfPuppets
12-14-2009, 07:11 PM
i had to duck bullets outside of banana joes (leaving rose buds) at closing back in '01. saw my first dead dude 10 feet away in the street after i got up off the ground. good thing was, there was an off duty police officer on security detail who shot and killed the one doing the random drive-by. (my first and only experience of the strip district nightlife).

but yeah, you definitely need to check out the incline. much like witnessing a drive by and running for your life, it is a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget and always appreciate.
did ya get pictures ??? :thumbsup:

TheWarDen86
12-14-2009, 07:15 PM
did ya get pictures ??? :thumbsup:

:rofl:

Whattaya want pictures of.....the dead guy?? Ya sicko. :chuckle:

johnnyribcage
12-14-2009, 08:47 PM
i had to duck bullets outside of banana joes (leaving rose buds) at closing back in '01. saw my first dead dude 10 feet away in the street after i got up off the ground. good thing was, there was an off duty police officer on security detail who shot and killed the one doing the random drive-by. (my first and only experience of the strip district nightlife).

but yeah, you definitely need to check out the incline. much like witnessing a drive by and running for your life, it is a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget and always appreciate.

Yeah, the strip isn't the best after dark, IMO, I wouldn't mess around down there. During the day it's fine. It's probably fine at night for the most part too, but there's enough other places that are safer.

:dualies:

devilsdancefloor
12-14-2009, 08:55 PM
did ya get pictures ??? :thumbsup:

he just wants to see tony with "wet" pants on youre right SICKO!

Welocme to the board i hope it si a good game and the steelers come out on top :tt03::drink:

Galax Steeler
12-15-2009, 04:00 AM
Is the crime rate high in Pitt? I thought I heard it was low...

I am sure it is more than GB, any city is..... :wink02:

I would stay away form the North Side of town.:chuckle:

X-Terminator
12-15-2009, 06:14 AM
I've spent a lot of time in Pittsburgh; it's got a lot of nice places to eat and have a good time at. 'Burghers may be loathe to admit it, but Pittsburgh and Baltimore are a lot alike. Both have deep blue-collar roots and plenty of ethnic neighborhoods. And you cannot get a better Friday night fish sandwich anywhere. Or a better steak salad.

Is Mad Mex stil open? They had great Mexican fare.

Yep - it's my favorite Mexican restaurant. I don't know which one you went to, but there is one right down the street from Pamela's Diner in Oakland, where they have the awesome pancakes.

BTW, packfntk - Hi-Tops isn't open anymore, but the restaurant is still there under a different name. I haven't been there, though - I'm more partial to Soho, which is right across the street. Ugly isn't too bad either - it's next door to the place formerly known as Hi-Tops. And for all everyone says about Bettis' Grille, I have never been there - and I'm on that side of town quite a bit. I'll have to try it at some point. Also, if you like nightlife, the South Side is definitely where it's at. You can try all the traditional bars along Carson, but if you want something with a little different crowd, try the South Side Works, which is almost a stone's throw away from the Steelers' offices and practice facility. I really haven't been there either, but there's a lot to do and some good places to eat. There's even a movie theater there if you want to take in a flick.

Hope you enjoy your time here!

I would stay away form the North Side of town.:chuckle:

Well, I grew up on the North Side and still spend a fair amount of time there - it's not as bad as it used to be, but I still wouldn't recommend hanging out there at night, at least once you get past the stadiums and casino.

Crow-Magnon
12-15-2009, 07:49 AM
Yep - it's my favorite Mexican restaurant. I don't know which one you went to, but there is one right down the street from Pamela's Diner in Oakland, where they have the awesome pancakes.

Yeah, it's the Mad Mex on Atwood St. They had some type of Caribbean wings that were awesome!

stlrtruck
12-15-2009, 08:52 AM
The floating barge (Donzi's) closed in 2008 and is now gone. The Strip is kinda dead. Best places are around the Stadium, Station Square and the South Side,

DAMN! Now I'll have to reroute my hotel stays to be closer to the action.

Indo
12-16-2009, 03:39 PM
you guys are gettin' me all homesick...

Crow-Magnon
12-22-2009, 06:15 PM
So, how was your experience?

stlrtruck
12-23-2009, 07:23 AM
So, how was your experience?

They lost. Probably not much could have happened to heighten the experience.

It's like going to Baltimore for a Steelers game, being 2 seconds from buying tickets at face value to have a scalper buy them from underneath your nose, going to a bar around the corner, watching Stover kick the game winner, losing your terrible towel, and then driving 45 minutes to your parents house (where your father is a ratbirds fan). But I digress, maybe he can handle the loss and still have enjoyed the weekend around town :chuckle:

GoSlash27
12-23-2009, 08:16 AM
I hope he had a good experience other than the game itself. Wish I had seen this thread sooner. I would've suggested Dirty O's. Best fries in the known world.
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