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lektrix
11-27-2012, 11:25 AM
Please help me out! I will be visiting Pittsburgh for 3 days from Dec 7-10 for some shopping with the gf. We're going to be driving 4-5 hours south of Toronto. We both love sports so we thought we'd check out a live NFL game for the first time since it's rated one of the top things to do in Pitts. The Chargers will be visiting Pitts on that Sunday afternoon. Being a complete newbie, I have a few questions:

1. From my research, the Chargers are an exciting team yes? Big Ben should be back in 2 weeks right? That means the game should be worth going to right?

2. What is the best place to buy tickets online?? I heard of stubhub.com but have no idea how legit it is. Also I see ticketmaster and ebay but all of them seem expensive.

3. Secondly, what prices should I be looking for? Is $100 for Level 500 seats good or bad?

4. Alternatively, should I go 1 hour early and buy off scalpers instead???

5. Is it recommended to drive there or should I take public transportation???

Thanks so much guys!!!

Terminator
11-27-2012, 11:51 AM
Please help me out! I will be visiting Pittsburgh for 3 days from Dec 7-10 for some shopping with the gf. We're going to be driving 4-5 hours south of Toronto. We both love sports so we thought we'd check out a live NFL game for the first time since it's rated one of the top things to do in Pitts. The Chargers will be visiting Pitts on that Sunday afternoon. Being a complete newbie, I have a few questions:

1. From my research, the Chargers are an exciting team yes? Big Ben should be back in 2 weeks right? That means the game should be worth going to right?

2. What is the best place to buy tickets online?? I heard of stubhub.com but have no idea how legit it is. Also I see ticketmaster and ebay but all of them seem expensive.

3. Secondly, what prices should I be looking for? Is $100 for Level 500 seats good or bad?

4. Alternatively, should I go 1 hour early and buy off scalpers instead???

5. Is it recommended to drive there or should I take public transportation???

Thanks so much guys!!!


1. The Chargers are a train wreck this year. Many people are calling for Norv Turner's head. But, they do happen to show up often in December as a good looking team. I imagine Ben will be back by then, if not this Sunday.

2. I would check Craigslist.

3. Sorry, I am not good with ticket prices.

4. Again, I would cruise Craigslist the week of the game. There will be plenty of tickets.

5. I would take a cab there several hours early so you can join in on the tailgating facilities. Get yourself a terrible towel and enjoy some good food.

:tt03:

Steel_Bus_24
11-27-2012, 11:53 AM
Ha, the worse the team looks, the better they will do against the Steelers

steelfury02
11-27-2012, 11:55 AM
Please help me out! I will be visiting Pittsburgh for 3 days from Dec 7-10 for some shopping with the gf. We're going to be driving 4-5 hours south of Toronto. We both love sports so we thought we'd check out a live NFL game for the first time since it's rated one of the top things to do in Pitts. The Chargers will be visiting Pitts on that Sunday afternoon. Being a complete newbie, I have a few questions:

1. From my research, the Chargers are an exciting team yes? Big Ben should be back in 2 weeks right? That means the game should be worth going to right?

2. What is the best place to buy tickets online?? I heard of stubhub.com but have no idea how legit it is. Also I see ticketmaster and ebay but all of them seem expensive.

3. Secondly, what prices should I be looking for? Is $100 for Level 500 seats good or bad?

4. Alternatively, should I go 1 hour early and buy off scalpers instead???

5. Is it recommended to drive there or should I take public transportation???

Thanks so much guys!!!

Just my two cents:

A. If you've never caught an NFL game live and in person, any team they play will be exciting. The Chargers a middle of the pack team, meaning - they could be playing someone a lot worse.

B. $100/ticket would be a great deal. You might want to be prepared to spend $140-$190 a ticket, even in that section. Depends on when you buy, how lucky you get. You MIGHT be able to get a great deal at the last minute - if you are willing to take a little chance. If you go in the open end of the field, you'll find the cheapest tickets. Just plan on spending at least a few hundred on tickets, and food. If you want to save, I suggest you eat before going into the stadium. If you aren't worried about that - then go for some Primanti's sandwiches, Augustine's pizza, and maybe even throw in some Quaker Steak and Lube wings (Lickers flavor). Any of those sites will do, unless you can get a hold of a season ticket holder that will bargain with you. Don't do scalpers man - you're taking a risk of getting a phony ticket and possibly getting in trouble. For those that have successfully bought scalped tickets - they were lucky. Trust me - I've seen it all.

C. Are you driving to Pittsburgh? Flying? I'd say renting a car would be less expensive and less of a pain in the butt. Are you staying within the city, or somewhere outside? I would think about your surroundings first and then go from there. If you are staying within the city, or just outside - you might want to go 3 to 4 hours early, party with some tailgaters, go to the casino, and see some Steelers history inside the Stadium. If you want to park on the north shore for convenience, be prepared to shell out another $20-$40. You can easily park somewhere else downtown and take a 20 minute walk. It's not that big of a city.

lektrix
11-27-2012, 12:17 PM
So the Steelers should destroy the Chargers then =)! I've watched games here and there on TV so I could only imagine how exciting it would be to watch it in person. All we have is the shitty CFL here in Toronto. Wooo we just won the Grey Cup! Hahahahaha who cares right?

Right now I think I see a good deal on 2 tickets for Section 123, Row AA for $98 each compared to the upper 500s for $80 each. Can anyone advise me if Section 123 is good or bad? Can anyone confirm that AA is actually mid-top (between A and LL)? I want to be able to see the action when it's at the opposite endzone. Gun to your head, would you choose Section 123 or Section 500s?

Yes we are driving from Toronto for 4-5 hours. We haven't decided where to stay yet but it's either going to be around the Greentree area, Downtown, or Stadium area. I still can't figure out which option is cheaper, faster, and more efficient. I'm not spending the entire day in the hotel so I don't need a 4*. It just needs to be clean and quiet. I mean If I could subway for cheap and fast to avoid driving, I would. But if the drive is a no brainer, I'd drive. Someone help me make the decisions lol.

steelerchad
11-27-2012, 12:17 PM
Please help me out! I will be visiting Pittsburgh for 3 days from Dec 7-10 for some shopping with the gf. We're going to be driving 4-5 hours south of Toronto. We both love sports so we thought we'd check out a live NFL game for the first time since it's rated one of the top things to do in Pitts. The Chargers will be visiting Pitts on that Sunday afternoon. Being a complete newbie, I have a few questions:

1. From my research, the Chargers are an exciting team yes? Big Ben should be back in 2 weeks right? That means the game should be worth going to right?

2. What is the best place to buy tickets online?? I heard of stubhub.com but have no idea how legit it is. Also I see ticketmaster and ebay but all of them seem expensive.

3. Secondly, what prices should I be looking for? Is $100 for Level 500 seats good or bad?

4. Alternatively, should I go 1 hour early and buy off scalpers instead???

5. Is it recommended to drive there or should I take public transportation???

Thanks so much guys!!!


I can answer your ticket questions.

You can use SH, TM. You will pay service fees of 10-15% on top of ticket prices at these.
Craigslist is risky unless you meet face to face. If you're coming in from out of town, then you're probably not familiar with the city and would want to meet at the stadium.

Ticket sales are illegal around the stadium even under face, unless you are in the designated area. They likely won't bother you, but just be aware.

Public transportation is not great in Pit. If you are staying downtown, then yes. Free subway to the North Shore from there. Really depends on where you're staying. Also, do you want to tailgate or a nice warm bar before the game.

I'm a season ticket holder and drive up from Virginia and I'm probably going to this game. If I do not attend you can have my tickets for cost. PM me this weekend and I'll let you know.

$100/ticket is not bad in Pittsburgh. Tickets usually go for double face value and face is around $77-$110 for non club seats. Club seats are $200 + face. December games are less due to the weather usually.

lektrix
11-27-2012, 12:22 PM
I'm not too excited about the tailgate party. On a reasonably warm fall day I would be but my gf hates the cold. It's already going to be hell sitting for 2-3 hours outside in presumably -10C weather?!? Warm bar and lots of food sounds good to me. We were planning to walk the Strip District @ 10:00AM, maybe have breakfast/brunch/lunch there before heading over to the game around 12:30.

steelerchad
11-27-2012, 12:24 PM
So the Steelers should destroy the Chargers then =)! I've watched games here and there on TV so I could only imagine how exciting it would be to watch it in person. All we have is the shitty CFL here in Toronto. Wooo we just won the Grey Cup! Hahahahaha who cares right?

Right now I think I see a good deal on 2 tickets for Section 123, Row AA for $98 each compared to the upper 500s for $80 each. Can anyone advise me if Section 123 is good or bad? Can anyone confirm that AA is actually mid-top (between A and LL)? I want to be able to see the action when it's at the opposite endzone. Gun to your head, would you choose Section 123 or Section 500s?

Yes we are driving from Toronto for 4-5 hours. We haven't decided where to stay yet but it's either going to be around the Greentree area, Downtown, or Stadium area. I still can't figure out which option is cheaper, faster, and more efficient. If I could subway for cheap and fast to avoid driving, I would. But if the drive is a no brainer, I'd drive. Someone help me make the decisions lol.

123 is OK. Rows start with A-Z, then go AA-LL. These are high which is what you want in the lower level. You want high in the lowers and low in the uppers.
They are actually my least favorite seats as I'd rather be sideline in a low row of the upper deck. The issue is you can see the action as it goes away from you and crosses mid field. You end up watching the game on the jumbo tron.

What night are you getting the hotel. If Sunday night, you're in luck. Cheap hotels downtown. Saturday will be expensive.

Greentree sucks. I did it for the Monday night game a couple of weeks ago. 4 mile cab takes about 1/2 hour with traffic. Good luck finding a cab after the game. Took us 1 1/2 hours after the game to catch a cab at the casino.

Downtown, you can subway or even take about a mile walk if you're up to it.

lektrix
11-27-2012, 12:32 PM
123 is OK. Rows start with A-Z, then go AA-LL. These are high which is what you want in the lower level. You want high in the lowers and low in the uppers.
They are actually my least favorite seats as I'd rather be sideline in a low row of the upper deck. The issue is you can see the action as it goes away from you and crosses mid field. You end up watching the game on the jumbo tron.

That's what I assumed as well. 123 is close action in your face (if you're lucky to even witness TDs in your zone), 500s more overall action as you get to see the game from side to side. What a tough decision for a first timer.

What night are you getting the hotel. If Sunday night, you're in luck. Cheap hotels downtown. Saturday will be expensive.

Greentree sucks. I did it for the Monday night game a couple of weeks ago. 4 mile cab takes about 1/2 hour with traffic. Good luck finding a cab after the game. Took us 1 1/2 hours after the game to catch a cab at the casino.

Downtown, you can subway or even take about a mile walk if you're up to it.

Staying Fri night and Sat night, checking out on Sunday morning. Stay in Greentree Fri night and then downtown Sat night I suppose is the best option? But if I check out Sunday morning, I have no choice but to drive to the game anyways unless I can leave the car parked somewhere. Traffic is going to be BAD on Sunday afternoon eh? We plan on having a nice dinner and then driving back around 8PM.

steelfury02
11-27-2012, 01:01 PM
if you like craft beers, and love belgian/euro beers - i suggest a trip to the Sharp Edge - excellent time

steelerchad
11-27-2012, 02:14 PM
That's what I assumed as well. 123 is close action in your face (if you're lucky to even witness TDs in your zone), 500s more overall action as you get to see the game from side to side. What a tough decision for a first timer.



Staying Fri night and Sat night, checking out on Sunday morning. Stay in Greentree Fri night and then downtown Sat night I suppose is the best option? But if I check out Sunday morning, I have no choice but to drive to the game anyways unless I can leave the car parked somewhere. Traffic is going to be BAD on Sunday afternoon eh? We plan on having a nice dinner and then driving back around 8PM.

Here's what you do.
If not tailgating and you're staying downtown no need to drive to the stadium. Stadium parking passes range from $40 for Blue to over $100 for Gold. Plus you'll be right in all the traffic after the game.

If you're staying downtown. Ask the hotel if you can leave your car parked until after the game, even if you have to pay a little extra and walk or take the subway to the northshore. Probably steel plaza T line subway stop. Take it to PNC or Heinz Field stop. PNC is closer to the bars and it lets you off between the 2 stadiums.

If you can't leave your car. Then take it over to 6th st garage at the corner of 6th St. at the Clemente Bridge. Park your car there for $5 during the game. Walk over the bridge and you're at PNC. Bout a 15 minute walk. 1/2 mile.

If you go to the strip, go early have breakfast and then head over and park by 11 or so. You do not want to be waiting until 12:30 or you will be in for traffic and it will take you forever to get in.
NFL searches everyone entering now. I'd head in at 12. Check out the great hall and trophies. There is a band playing in stadium in that area. It's relatively warm on the concourse. Go to your seats 10 minutes before kickoff. Stay warm.

lektrix
11-27-2012, 05:21 PM
Here's what you do.
If not tailgating and you're staying downtown no need to drive to the stadium. Stadium parking passes range from $40 for Blue to over $100 for Gold. Plus you'll be right in all the traffic after the game.

If you're staying downtown. Ask the hotel if you can leave your car parked until after the game, even if you have to pay a little extra and walk or take the subway to the northshore. Probably steel plaza T line subway stop. Take it to PNC or Heinz Field stop. PNC is closer to the bars and it lets you off between the 2 stadiums.

If you can't leave your car. Then take it over to 6th st garage at the corner of 6th St. at the Clemente Bridge. Park your car there for $5 during the game. Walk over the bridge and you're at PNC. Bout a 15 minute walk. 1/2 mile.

If you go to the strip, go early have breakfast and then head over and park by 11 or so. You do not want to be waiting until 12:30 or you will be in for traffic and it will take you forever to get in.
NFL searches everyone entering now. I'd head in at 12. Check out the great hall and trophies. There is a band playing in stadium in that area. It's relatively warm on the concourse. Go to your seats 10 minutes before kickoff. Stay warm.

Thanks for the suggestion,. If we get ready and check out at 9AM on Sunday, do you think we have time to hit the Strip for ~2 hours for brunch before heading over to the stadium around 11:30-12? I'm hoping we can find parking somewhere close by for cheap by 11:30-11:45 and walk to the stadium by 12.

Fire Arians
11-27-2012, 05:33 PM
if you like craft beers, and love belgian/euro beers - i suggest a trip to the Sharp Edge - excellent time

ima have to try those when i visit pittsburgh one day. I live for craft brew

StainlessStill
11-27-2012, 05:56 PM
1. From my research, the Chargers are an exciting team yes? Big Ben should be back in 2 weeks right? That means the game should be worth going to right?

First off, welcome! Second off, no, the Chargers are NOT an exciting team but the storyline for that game is big! Not only is it a big game for the Steelers playoff hopes (pretty HUGE) but the QB of the Chargers, Phillip Rivers, was drafted AHEAD of Roethlisberger in the 2004 NFL Draft so that's juicy as well. Third off, you picked the right city to enjoy a football game! Like I said, big game so Heinz Field's atmosphere should be ROCKIN!

2. What is the best place to buy tickets online?? I heard of stubhub.com but have no idea how legit it is. Also I see ticketmaster and ebay but all of them seem expensive.

I wouldn't put my trust into ebay AT ALL. Although stubhub AND ticketmaster are great solutions. I use this site HERE: http://www.ticketexchangebyticketmaster.com/NFL/pittsburgh-steelers-tickets/ for my tickets, reasonable price's but expect to pay a good price for the Steelers!

3. Secondly, what prices should I be looking for? Is $100 for Level 500 seats good or bad?

I'd pay around $150 for 500 sections and $100 for those seats are an AWESOME price! I've sat EVERYWHERE in Heinz Field and prefer the 500 sections because the best fans are up there AND you see a perfect view of the field and the city landscape.

4. Alternatively, should I go 1 hour early and buy off scalpers instead???

NO.

5. Is it recommended to drive there or should I take public transportation???

If you aren't familiar with the area, it would be tough to describe transportation in Pittsburgh. Downtown is terrible since it's a "ONE WAY STREET" city so if I were you, I'd look into public transportation, they'd get you there in no-time & I'm sure residents that reside there would be willing to help out!

StainlessStill
11-27-2012, 06:00 PM
I'm hoping we can find parking somewhere close by for cheap by 11:30-11:45 and walk to the stadium by 12

If you can get your hands onto a parking pass (which usually go for $50 but WELL worth it) then I say do it. If you plan on finding a parking spot that late then it simply won't happen. If you leave that late without a parking pass, the traffic will be absurd and you'll be lucky to find a parking-lot that is not pre-sold willing to cramp in some extra vehicles. Your best bet at that point would either be a parking garage or simply leave hours before the game to get a parking spot.

lektrix
11-27-2012, 06:03 PM
First off, welcome! Second off, no, the Chargers are NOT an exciting team but the storyline for that game is big! Not only is it a big game for the Steelers playoff hopes (pretty HUGE) but the QB of the Chargers, Phillip Rivers, was drafted AHEAD of Roethlisberger in the 2004 NFL Draft so that's juicy as well. Third off, you picked the right city to enjoy a football game! Like I said, big game so Heinz Field's atmosphere should be ROCKIN!

I wouldn't put my trust into ebay AT ALL. Although stubhub AND ticketmaster are great solutions. I use this site HERE: http://www.ticketexchangebyticketmaster.com/NFL/pittsburgh-steelers-tickets/ for my tickets, reasonable price's but expect to pay a good price for the Steelers!

I'd pay around $150 for 500 sections and $100 for those seats are an AWESOME price! I've sat EVERYWHERE in Heinz Field and prefer the 500 sections because the best fans are up there AND you see a perfect view of the field and the city landscape.

NO.

If you aren't familiar with the area, it would be tough to describe transportation in Pittsburgh. Downtown is terrible since it's a "ONE WAY STREET" city so if I were you, I'd look into public transportation, they'd get you there in no-time & I'm sure residents that reside there would be willing to help out!

Yes the TicketExchange website is by far the best one I've seen in terms of pricing.

So I've narrowed my seating choices down to these 3:

Section 123 Row AA - Mid row, mid column, right behind the endzone...great endzone view
Section 118 Row G - Low-mid row, in the corner...angled view
Section 537 Row J - Mid row, Mid column, highest zone...great panoramic view

Prices are all similar. Seems consensus is 500s so I'll probably go and buy those tickets tonight. Row J is presumably good considering how high the 500s are.

StainlessStill
11-27-2012, 06:06 PM
Right now, the tickets in the 500 sections with the site I just linked you are going for 70-75$ a piece! Jump on it while you can....

lektrix
11-27-2012, 06:07 PM
If you can get your hands onto a parking pass (which usually go for $50 but WELL worth it) then I say do it. If you plan on finding a parking spot that late then it simply won't happen. If you leave that late without a parking pass, the traffic will be absurd and you'll be lucky to find a parking-lot that is not pre-sold willing to cramp in some extra vehicles. Your best bet at that point would either be a parking garage or simply leave hours before the game to get a parking spot.

That actually sounds quite scary. I don't even bother driving downtown in my own city for the exact same reasons so I'm looking to avoid it altogether. If I can, I'll park far away and just take public transportation. Preferably somewhere close to the highway exit cause I plan to drive back to Toronto around 8-9PM or so. Any other suggestions besides the "6th garage" posted above?

lektrix
11-27-2012, 06:12 PM
Right now, the tickets in the 500 sections with the site I just linked you are going for 70-75$ a piece! Jump on it while you can....

Section 537 Row J for $90. Dead smack in the middle and the row isn't too high. Pull the trigger now???

lektrix
11-27-2012, 06:31 PM
Section 537 Row J for $90. Dead smack in the middle and the row isn't too high. Pull the trigger now???

Couldn't wait, had to pull the trigger. 123s just got sold while I was typing here. I pulled the trigger on the last 534s.



San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun Dec 9, 2012 1:00 PM
Heinz Field - Pittsburgh, PA
Section: 534
Row: J

2 $90.00 $180.00

Details:
Available - emailed within minutes
Service Charge 2 $13.50 $27.00

Tickets purchased will be seated together unless otherwise noted.
All charges listed are in U.S. Dollars (USD).

Subtotal:
Delivery & Handling:
Total Charges:

$207.00
$4.95
$211.95

Good deal. $105/ticket total?

StainlessStill
11-27-2012, 06:40 PM
Good deal, brother! Congrats! Have a good time. If you have any questions, we'll be here. Stop back after and let us know how you enjoyed yourself. GO STEELERS.

The_Joker
11-27-2012, 06:51 PM
Sick deal! Tickets here at Fedex are like 150$ or so.

steelerchad
11-27-2012, 10:05 PM
Thanks for the suggestion,. If we get ready and check out at 9AM on Sunday, do you think we have time to hit the Strip for ~2 hours for brunch before heading over to the stadium around 11:30-12? I'm hoping we can find parking somewhere close by for cheap by 11:30-11:45 and walk to the stadium by 12.

I'd get out of the strip no later than 1130. You're going to want to be parked and on your way to the stadium by noon.

steelerchad
11-27-2012, 10:08 PM
Yes the TicketExchange website is by far the best one I've seen in terms of pricing.

So I've narrowed my seating choices down to these 3:

Section 123 Row AA - Mid row, mid column, right behind the endzone...great endzone view
Section 118 Row G - Low-mid row, in the corner...angled view
Section 537 Row J - Mid row, Mid column, highest zone...great panoramic view

Prices are all similar. Seems consensus is 500s so I'll probably go and buy those tickets tonight. Row J is presumably good considering how high the 500s are.

You'll be happy with 537 J.
Row F is on the rail going up the steps. There is no Row I. 4th row.

steelerchad
11-27-2012, 10:10 PM
534, low row. Best seats in the house besides the $250 club seats IMO.

lektrix
11-29-2012, 01:51 AM
I'm having trouble finding a good hotel deal. I'm looking at roughly $60-$80/night for 2.5*+ and only see 3* deal via Priceline near Ross Park Mall, hotel unnamed. Is there any fast, accessible public transportation in that area? Or do I have to drive 10KM into the city everyday including the Steelers game on a packed day???

steelfury02
11-29-2012, 09:13 AM
ima have to try those when i visit pittsburgh one day. I live for craft brew

you speakin my language - I'm gatherin the clan for another all-grain brew day this weekend - great, inexpensive hobby

steelfury02
11-29-2012, 09:24 AM
I'm having trouble finding a good hotel deal. I'm looking at roughly $60-$80/night for 2.5*+ and only see 3* deal via Priceline near Ross Park Mall, hotel unnamed. Is there any fast, accessible public transportation in that area? Or do I have to drive 10KM into the city everyday including the Steelers game on a packed day???

You're about 8-9 miles north of Heinz Field/north shore - coming into the North shore area from that direction is the path of least resistance / time. That wouldn't be a bad place to stay if you don't mind not being in the thick of everything (not really that far off) when you go to bed at night.

I grew up 40 minutes North of Pittsburgh and frequented Ross Park.. IMO it MIGHT take you 45 min to an hour from the time you get back into your car to the time you get back to the hotel. Once you get past the parking /tailgate areas and the immediate neighborhood surrounding the stadium areas - getting on McKnight road and route 279 is a piece of cake. If it were me, I'd either stay right downtown and secure your parking with the hotel like stated before, or at the North shore and it will just be a walk to the park. I wouldn't stay east (ie Monroeville) or west (Moon) - seems to be a little harder coming to and from the stadium in my experience when picking up friends. If you stay north shore or just north, downtown - you really can't go wrong. I'd make a choice based on what you like in a hotel in those areas and you really can't lose. Just think - you'll get familiar this time while having fun and next time will be even that more enjoyable. I wouldn't sweat it - it's a great city with very welcoming people.

If you're ever confused while you're there - 9/10 someone will be more than willing to help you out or make a suggestion

jrompola
11-29-2012, 10:04 AM
I've been to 1 other Steelers game and I'm going to the Chargers game as well. Bringing my wife this time...so I'm in the same boat as you, but I don't care. I'm dragging her to the game early no matter if its cold or raining/snowing.

Bit of advice. I booked my hotel on expedia.com and did the "hidden" hotel. I got the Wyndham Grand which is like 1/2 mile from Heinz field(walkable) for $80/night. Regular price was $230/night. Just throwing that out there for anyone looking for a hotel.

Back to parking. I've heard there is cheaper parking across the bridge. My 1st game I parked near Heinz field for like $30 I think. The walk wasn't too bad.

Make sure you get there early, so you can walk around Heinz field and look at the Lombardi's and the hall of fame.

I'd suggest taking a walk at the farmers market type thing which is like South Street in Philly, but loaded with amazing food and Steelers stuff all over.

You want to go up to Mt. Washington and take some pictures and look at Heinz field/PNC Park and all the amazing views. You can take the trolly up or you can easily find parking.

My Wife who's been to Pittsburgh before, but never to an NFL game said this, "I've never seen so many people in NFL gear". This was in June or July. We live near Philly, so the fans hear are crazy, but its totally different in Pittsburgh.

steelfury02
11-29-2012, 10:11 AM
I've been to 1 other Steelers game and I'm going to the Chargers game as well. Bringing my wife this time...so I'm in the same boat as you, but I don't care. I'm dragging her to the game early no matter if its cold or raining/snowing.

Bit of advice. I booked my hotel on expedia.com and did the "hidden" hotel. I got the Wyndham Grand which is like 1/2 mile from Heinz field(walkable) for $80/night. Regular price was $230/night. Just throwing that out there for anyone looking for a hotel.

Back to parking. I've heard there is cheaper parking across the bridge. My 1st game I parked near Heinz field for like $30 I think. The walk wasn't too bad.

Make sure you get there early, so you can walk around Heinz field and look at the Lombardi's and the hall of fame.

I'd suggest taking a walk at the farmers market type thing which is like South Street in Philly, but loaded with amazing food and Steelers stuff all over.

You want to go up to Mt. Washington and take some pictures and look at Heinz field/PNC Park and all the amazing views. You can take the trolly up or you can easily find parking.

My Wife who's been to Pittsburgh before, but never to an NFL game said this, "I've never seen so many people in NFL gear". This was in June or July. We live near Philly, so the fans hear are crazy, but its totally different in Pittsburgh.

yea, I have an old Schwabel's garage that I park in for $30 (I think) just a block or two near stadium (and it has Wendy's and McDonald's right there for bathroom breaks to and from stadium). They fit about 100 cars or so in there, and then close it off during game time and re-open for an hour afterwards. You really can't go wrong and yea, the Mt. Washington view is fantastic. Great skyline pictures.

jrompola
11-29-2012, 10:12 AM
1 more thing. You probably want to walk around downtown the night before the game and see the Christmas tree and all the ginger bread houses. The gf will def like that

steelfury02
11-29-2012, 10:18 AM
jrompola - you're makin me want to revisit again soon - the holidays can't come fast enough now:chuckle:

jrompola
11-29-2012, 10:21 AM
You got that right. I'm pumped for my visit to the Burgh. Used to go a few times per year bc I had friends out there, but they've moved back. Last time I was there was a few years ago when Matt Spaeth dropped 2 straight passes to lose to the Jets only to turn around and destroy them in the playoffs

I'd like to actually see a win this time I go. It was sure depressing leaving the game last time with 60K ppl silent.

steelfury02
11-29-2012, 10:29 AM
You got that right. I'm pumped for my visit to the Burgh. Used to go a few times per year bc I had friends out there, but they've moved back. Last time I was there was a few years ago when Matt Spaeth dropped 2 straight passes to lose to the Jets only to turn around and destroy them in the playoffs

I'd like to actually see a win this time I go. It was sure depressing leaving the game last time with 60K ppl silent.

I wasn't at the Jets game - but I knew immediately after that one that there was no way they were the better team - and we'd beat them the next time - I was never more sure of a Steelers victory than that game. (And we all know what they like to do against "bottom feeders."

The most depressing game for me was the same season, the first game at home v. Ravens where they beat us on the that pass to Housh. I really thought we were going to go 4-0 without Ben - soooo close.

lektrix
12-03-2012, 12:59 AM
Ughhh the best I can find is 3 Star Hotel in Pittsburgh North Area via Hotwire for $70 a night. The hotel will be located close to Ross Park Mall, a bit south. Around 4-6 miles away from city center. Not bad. It works out great for Fri night after I'm done all the shopping cause the hotel is closeby but Sat morning I'm going to have to drive in. Sunday morning I'm going to have to drive in to see the NFL game unless I can find parking somewhere else.

lektrix
12-03-2012, 12:22 PM
Hmmm, changed things up and got some pretty nice hotels for just a couple dollars more.

Fri night
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown 3.5* for $76 USD total

Sat night
Courtyard By Marriott Pittsburgh Shadyside 3* for $111 USD total

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Hotwire for the poorly reviewed Holiday Inn 3* was $170USD total for both nights so what's $20 more right???