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MSUsteelers
12-07-2010, 06:16 PM
Hello fellow steelers fans. Me and my two buddies live in northern new jersey and bought tickets to the game on the 19 against the Jets. We will be leaving early in the morning. I understand it is a 6/7 hour drive there which shouldnt be too bad weather permitting. I came on here to seek any advice on what to expect. Where should we park, resturaunt recomendations, what should we do if we get into town around 11 AM? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Also my one friend is a Jets fan, should I tell him not to wear Jets clothes or will the fans be bearable? Heckling we can deal with as opposed to throwing food and spitting. Thanks

Ibleedblk&gld
12-07-2010, 06:32 PM
i'll be at that game as well...i'm about 4 hrs. east (harrisburg area) and will be leaving around 8am to get there around noon to start tailgating...tailgating is a must and it is pertinent you get there early to get a good parking spot for this venue...i don't remember the exact exits we use to get to the lot we always park in, but it is caddy corner to the Rivers Casino...we always get there about 5 hrs. before the game to allow 4 hrs. for tailgating and an hour to walk to the stadium and get through the crowd to get to our seats

as for your friend, he is encoraged to wear his colors...obviosly he will endure some heckling, but the fans at heinz are not d-bags like other places...my buddy is a ravens fan and we have gone to heinz this year and last for the steelers/ravens game...each time, fans have heckled him but at the end of the game, shake his hand and tell him he has balls coming to heinz in purple...it's all in good fun and as long as your friend isn't a d-bag to anyone, they won't be a d-bag to him

steelersbabex25
12-07-2010, 08:15 PM
If you don't get to Pittsburgh until 11 and don't want to tailgate, I would recommend going to the strip district, leaving your car there, and walking to the stadium. We do that every year.

On the strip district(before the games on Sunday, atleast) there's just a bunch of Steeler stands and stores selling real cheap Steeler merchandise, and a ton of people go there before the game. There's also a Primantis that we usually go to and eat before the game as to avoid the expensive stadium prices..but we usually end up eating at the stadium anyway :hehheh: If you find a good place to park, that's also really cheap. I actually think we parked in a random parking lot for free a few years ago. Then from there you can just walk to the 6th street bridge, which will take you pretty much straight to Heinz Field, past PNC Park. It's not a bad walk, probably 15 or 20 minutes depending on how fast you walk :lol:

That's what I do every year I go to a game. If tailgating is more your thing, go for it. The strip district is a good alternative,though.

And fans at Heinz Field are generally really chill. It isn't the Ravens or the Bengals so they'll probably be less inclined to mess with a fan from the other team. I will say this though, make sure he isn't being overly obnoxious. I saw an almost fight a few years back at a Browns game because a Browns fan was being drunk and beligerant and annoying, and he almost got into it with a few Steeler fans. As long as you're nice to everyone there and you aren't being super rude, you'll be fine.

MSUsteelers
12-07-2010, 09:09 PM
The strip sounds like a good idea! How would I go about getting there? I.E. is it actually called the strip on exit signs on the highway? Also how long is the walk to Heinz?

As for my friend he will not be obnoxious, just cheering for his team when they do good, which wont happen very often. Thanks for the ideas both of you!

Ibleedblk&gld
12-07-2010, 09:14 PM
I've never been to the strip as babe has mentioned, but I will say this, if you have the chance to park and tailgate, I would highly recommend it as it is definitely a great experience...plus, parking where i park is $30 cash, and is easy access to the highway after the game. It is across the street from the casino (better option for bathroom than the 2 port o' shitters they have at the lot), and is 1 block from the stadium

steelersbabex25
12-07-2010, 09:28 PM
The strip sounds like a good idea! How would I go about getting there? I.E. is it actually called the strip on exit signs on the highway? Also how long is the walk to Heinz?

As for my friend he will not be obnoxious, just cheering for his team when they do good, which wont happen very often. Thanks for the ideas both of you!

I'm not sure if there is an exit for it on the highway, because we always go from a cousins house in Pittsburgh. But if you have a gps or whatever, you could just put in the street address for it:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=pittsburgh+strip+district&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7GGLL_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Strip+District,+Pittsburgh,+PA&gl=us&ei=pOz-TMfrH4P98AbHluT_Bw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQ8gEwAA

(There's actually a directions button on that website if you don't have a gps)

LarryNJ
12-07-2010, 10:28 PM
As for my friend he will not be obnoxious, just cheering for his team when they do good, which wont happen very often. !

He must not be originally from North Jersey than. :) Seriously I believe that whole wear the opposing team jersey and get beat up is bs everywhere. If you act like a normal human you are fine anywhere. If you're a drunk obnoxious a-hole chances are you'll have problems anywhere no matter what you are wearing.

Another cool option if you don't want to tailgate is go to station square pre game and take the boat over to the game.

igor0190
12-07-2010, 11:18 PM
He must not be originally from North Jersey than. :) Seriously I believe that whole wear the opposing team jersey and get beat up is bs everywhere. If you act like a normal human you are fine anywhere. If you're a drunk obnoxious a-hole chances are you'll have problems anywhere no matter what you are wearing.


Last year at the Steelers Bears game at Soldier Field there were some drunk obnoxious punks (Bears fans) and a situation that easily could have escalated. I was acting like a normal person, but they didn't like me waving my Terrible Towel. Anyhow, they ending up getting in a scrap with some of their own Bears fans behind them. Just goes to show you that most fans no matter what team don't like obnoxious ******* drunks. I didn't stop waving my towel... Just a little further in front of me so they would not be able to grab it!! :lol: :tt02:

I'm coming down for the Steelers/Jets game on the 19th too! It'll be my FIRST game at Heinz Field and first time in Pittsburgh! Actually my second game at Heinz field too as I will be at the Thu night Panthers game too!! Can't wait! :banana:

SteelCityKid5
12-07-2010, 11:43 PM
Yinz gotta go dahn to Primanti's an order the number 2! That's all you need to know!

SteelDad
12-08-2010, 09:26 AM
Yinz gotta go dahn to Primanti's an order the number 2! That's all you need to know!

Agreed! If you're driving that far, you gotta stop at Primanti's. Also, recommendations about the Strip District are accurate. Lot of fans hang out down there after the game too. Make the most of the trip!

steelersbabex25
12-08-2010, 09:39 AM
I'm coming down for the Steelers/Jets game on the 19th too! It'll be my FIRST game at Heinz Field and first time in Pittsburgh! Actually my second game at Heinz field too as I will be at the Thu night Panthers game too!! Can't wait! :banana:

That's awesome! You're in for a treat. Yeah you definitely need to go to Primantis. Whenever I go to Pittsburgh I eat it for breakfast lunch & dinner :hehheh: and then take some for the road. You gotta savor it while you're there. It's really an awesome experience being at a Steeler game. It's a great time.

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Agreed! If you're driving that far, you gotta stop at Primanti's. Also, recommendations about the Strip District are accurate. Lot of fans hang out down there after the game too. Make the most of the trip!

Really? I've never gotten to experience much going on after the game, we always have to leave right after.

I will say this, though. If you do chose to walk to the game and you're crossing the bridge and everyone there is wearing a Steelers jersey..if that doesn't give you goosebumps, nothing will.

jnes1216
12-08-2010, 09:55 AM
I went to my first game at Heinz for the stupid %$#in Patriots game. I went to McFaddens before the game and it was crazy! Straight down the road from Jerome's restaurant if you're not from there, going away from the stadium. Female bartenders had tight little Terrible Towel tops and ..... wait, what was the question?

SteelCityKid5
12-08-2010, 10:17 AM
I'm going to the Jets/Stees game as well. This is the most I think SA members will be there or at least from what I can remember. I dont know if anyone mentioned Mt. Washington? Best view of the city!

RIVERS OF STEEL
12-08-2010, 10:43 AM
penn ave. and 18th st.(downtown Pittsburgh) should be right in the strip district(google maps)

Primanti BrothersAddress:Station is accessible‎
46 18th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4407
Get Directions
(412) 263-2142

about 1.5 to 1.75 miles from heinz. not a local. just trying to help.

igor0190
12-08-2010, 11:07 AM
I don't know anyone in Pittsburgh, so my GF and I hope to join in on the SA Addict Tailgate Coordinator: "Stlrs4Life" tailgate, if possible. :grin1:

Ibleedblk&gld
12-08-2010, 01:09 PM
I'm going to the Jets/Stees game as well. This is the most I think SA members will be there or at least from what I can remember. I dont know if anyone mentioned Mt. Washington? Best view of the city!

you're right by me, right? i'm in dillsburg...are you going down early to tailgate?

MSUsteelers
12-08-2010, 09:49 PM
Thank you all for the ideas! I think the strip/Primanti may be the winner. The only concerns for this trip will be the weather. We are three college students with no driving experience in the snow, I am praying for no snow during the commute, during the game is fine. I will be back on here during the week and maybe you guys can give me local weather forcasts.

steelersbabex25
12-08-2010, 09:53 PM
Thank you all for the ideas! I think the strip/Primanti may be the winner. The only concerns for this trip will be the weather. We are three college students with no driving experience in the snow, I am praying for no snow during the commute, during the game is fine. I will be back on here during the week and maybe you guys can give me local weather forcasts.

I don't think the snow is going to be too bad. Either way, I've never attended a game at Heinz Field when it snowed and I'm excited for that :yellowthumb:

Ibleedblk&gld
12-08-2010, 10:13 PM
my first steelers game was in the snow...my wife and I drove to Altoona on saturday night, stayed at my gma's, and left for pittsburgh in the morning...it snowed the whole way from altoona to pgh, and didn't stop till halftime...i think the wind chill was like 5 degrees...

TheFizzman
12-09-2010, 12:15 PM
Hey, just wanted to give you my experience of going to pitt for the first time....i am a junior in college here in stl (lived here for about 10 years, Aforce Brat), but been a steeler fan all my life (my father was a hardcore steeler fan even though we are both from texas. His hatred of the cowboys when he was a kid (70s) and a love for steelers defense, made my father a fan of the burg for life). Me and my father finally got go see Pittsburgh 2 summers ago...It was amazing...We wanted to eat at primanti (i know i butchered the spelling), but after we did a tour of the stadium and the carnigie area we ate at a place called Pepe's Sandwiches. OMG still the best sandwhich i have ever had. And i have lived and ate alot of different sandwhiches from all over the world....but that sandwhich from Pepes EPIC. Then mom and sis wanted to go to IKEA and what not. It was just a one night stop on our trip (we were catching a cruise ship in NYC, decided to roadtrip it to NYC).

But yes i am very jealous of your chance to go see a game in the PGH. MY last game i went to was when they played the rams here in st.louis a few seasons back. We use to make the yearly trip to the road game in cincy (i effing hate that city).

Just wanted to tell you take advantage of the trip... The use to think STL was a Decently beautiful city, but PGH takes the cake... Also try Pepe's for a sandwhich, i believe its a few blocks west of the stadium.

roosterray
12-09-2010, 12:29 PM
You could always park at Station Square and take the boat ride over to the stadium. I did this on my first trip and they also have a Mall with a huge steeler store and have places to pregame drink. We enjoyed it alot. Bettis Bar is good, but hard to get into on game day. Tailgate is what you have to do to experience the beauty of Pittsburgh.

http://www.stationsquare.com/

igor0190
12-09-2010, 01:09 PM
You could always park at Station Square and take the boat ride over to the stadium. I did this on my first trip and they also have a Mall with a huge steeler store and have places to pregame drink. We enjoyed it alot. Bettis Bar is good, but hard to get into on game day. Tailgate is what you have to do to experience the beauty of Pittsburgh.

http://www.stationsquare.com/

I am staying downtown so I'll be able to just walk to Heinz if I want. I was considering taking the clipper from station square just for the experience... Would it be worth doing, or should I just head to the tailgate?

airbrake 1
12-10-2010, 04:58 PM
Hey, just wanted to give you my experience of going to pitt for the first time....i am a junior in college here in stl (lived here for about 10 years, Aforce Brat), but been a steeler fan all my life (my father was a hardcore steeler fan even though we are both from texas. His hatred of the cowboys when he was a kid (70s) and a love for steelers defense, made my father a fan of the burg for life). Me and my father finally got go see Pittsburgh 2 summers ago...It was amazing...We wanted to eat at primanti (i know i butchered the spelling), but after we did a tour of the stadium and the carnigie area we ate at a place called Pepe's Sandwiches. OMG still the best sandwhich i have ever had. And i have lived and ate alot of different sandwhiches from all over the world....but that sandwhich from Pepes EPIC. Then mom and sis wanted to go to IKEA and what not. It was just a one night stop on our trip (we were catching a cruise ship in NYC, decided to roadtrip it to NYC).

But yes i am very jealous of your chance to go see a game in the PGH. MY last game i went to was when they played the rams here in st.louis a few seasons back. We use to make the yearly trip to the road game in cincy (i effing hate that city).

Just wanted to tell you take advantage of the trip... The use to think STL was a Decently beautiful city, but PGH takes the cake... Also try Pepe's for a sandwhich, i believe its a few blocks west of the stadium.

peppi's definetly has the best sandwiches in town...glad you found one of pittsburgh's best kept secrets they have locations in the strip and north side...my favorites are the phantom(steak and egg),the whiz(extra meat and cheese),big wheeler(steak and hot sausage...let the tourists go to primanti's ... peppi's is in a league all it's own

Root4Stlrs
12-10-2010, 11:18 PM
I am staying downtown so I'll be able to just walk to Heinz if I want. I was considering taking the clipper from station square just for the experience... Would it be worth doing, or should I just head to the tailgate?

Personal opinion, but I'd just go to the tailgate. It's been awhile since I took the Clipper but I think its real attraction is being able to park at Station Square. It was a lot of fun when a whole group of us would take it.