A sports-themed travel itinerary to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, covers everything from baseball to hockey.
Walk a few blocks around downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and you may start to wonder if there’s a black and gold dress code. These colors aren’t mandatory, but they are certainly evidence of the city’s deep-seated love for its sports teams. From the Steelers to the Penguins and the Pirates, Pittsburgh teams attract proud fans. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or you simply want a look at what it is that makes Pittsburgh residents avid devotees, check out some of these popular attractions the next time you’re in Steel City.
The beloved home to the NFL Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football teams, Heinz Field is a city landmark. Visitors and residents flock to the field for more than just games. Tours of the facility provide an interesting look at the history and legacy of football in Pittsburgh. The family-friendly tours take about 90 minutes and run from April to October each year, but certain dates may be unavailable due to special events. View blocked-out tour dates on the field’s website before planning a trip. After your tour, stop by the Steelers Pro Shop to stock up on garb that will help you fit right in with the locals.
Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36
After your tour of Heinz Field, continue your sports-themed day with a meal at Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36. Located within walking distance of the football stadium, Grille 36 has been voted the best sports restaurant in Pittsburgh every year since its opening. The restaurant is decked out in yellow and black and has plenty of big screens to catch a game, which is no surprise. Bettis played 10 seasons for the Steelers before his retirement in 2006.
Transition from football to baseball with a visit to PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Located on the North Shore, this baseball stadium offers its maximum capacity crowd of 38,000 people excellent views of the city skyline. Set aside 90 minutes for a stadium tour, and bring the whole family if you can. The tour is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Tour highlights include the Pirates Clubhouse, Pittsburgh Baseball Club, luxury suites, batting cages, and more.
Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
Located within the John Heinz History Center, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum offers a wealth of information on all things sports related. The Museum covers the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates in-depth and also focuses on other sports, such as golf, auto racing, and boxing, as well as specific athletes from the area. Put your own athletic skills to the test at one of the hands-on, interactive exhibits. End the visit cheering with the crowd while watching a highlight reel of the teams in the two-story multi-screen theater.
The Clemente Museum
Located within Engine House No. 25, a former firehouse converted into an event venue, The Clemente Museum is only open for tours by appointment. Schedule a visit at least one week prior to your arrival. The 90-minute guided tour offers an inside look at the life and legacy of Roberto Clemente, who played 18 seasons for the Pirates before his untimely death in 1972. Memorabilia includes personal items, photographs, Gold Glove Awards, team bats, and other special artifacts.
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