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    FINALLY going to Heinz Field!

    Thanks to a very generous birthday+Christmas present from my sister (don't ask how old I'll be as of tomorrow), I'm going with my brother to see the Steelers defeat the Bengals this Sunday! W00t!

    Now, I need some advice about going to a game at Heinz Field. Where should I park? How early do I need to get there? How long does it take to leave after a game? What should I see/do if I go early? Where's the best tailgating? What's the best stadium food & beer there? All advice & suggestions are welcome!
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    I don't have answers for the majority of your questions since I've been to only one game at Heinz but if you want a less stressful experience as far as getting in and out of the area and allow someone else to prepare your food try the following. Park over at Station Square on the South Side. Go to one of the numerous bars/restaurants and enjoy yourself. Take one of the Clipper boats over to the stadium and back to avoid the traffic. I sent my son and nephews last year this way for the Thursday night game against Carolina and they really enjoyed it and I avoided the gridlock. Someone may even be aware of some tailgating spots over there. You could also visit numerous South Side locations pre/post game (designated driver recommended) other than Station Square and then take the boat. I'd definitely eat a big meal prior to the game and avoid the lines and cost of your typical stadium grub and not miss 5 minutes of game time. Penn Pilsner is my favorite beer at Pirate games, I assume they sell it at Heinz.

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    Sounds like fun!!!!

    I'll get there one day......enjoy your time!!!!

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    Hey, Good for you SND - Happy Birthday and have a great time at the game.

    Wear a big stupid hat and sign saying it's your birthday so we can see you on TV and tell you how foolish you looked next week.

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    Good stuff SND...

    I'm usually loaded before during and after the game and have a DD....eat tons of food.....makes the beers taste that much better.



    btw, you're old.
    old bastard.
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    Thanks for the tips!

    I'll be staying with my friend whose house is not too far from the W. End Bridge. Is there a boat that takes you to Heinz Field near that bridge?

    And where is the best place to get souvenirs?
    "Dying is easy; comedy is hard." - Edmund Kean

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    Try looking up the "Gateway Clipper" they have boats that take you to/from Steelers games. Leaves from Station Square. Lots of places to get souvenirs there as well. Also try the "Strip District" for souvenirs/ Have fun and GO STEELERS!!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by SteelNutDave View Post
    Thanks for the tips!

    I'll be staying with my friend whose house is not too far from the W. End Bridge. Is there a boat that takes you to Heinz Field near that bridge?

    And where is the best place to get souvenirs?

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    I RARELY pop in here, but congrats on getting the tix. I've never been to Heinz but did catch a game a few years back in Baltimore (vs Steelers) and THAT was awesome.

    I dig Squeeler fans....they seem to understand football.

    Seeing your home team live .... and against a good opponent....schweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeet.
    I promise I won't do it again

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    Hey Raid/er......weren't you one of the Iggle fans who said that Duce Staley > Jerome Bettis???


    LOL.
    The Leafies are Scumbags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada View Post
    Hey Raid/er......weren't you one of the Iggle fans who said that Duce Staley > Jerome Bettis???
    OT - I think Staley may be the only person on the Iggles staff with a Super Bowl ring.
    Nappy time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelNutDave View Post
    Thanks for the tips!

    I'll be staying with my friend whose house is not too far from the W. End Bridge. Is there a boat that takes you to Heinz Field near that bridge?

    And where is the best place to get souvenirs?
    If your friend lives on the West side of the bridge, there's a road that takes you up the back side of Mt. Washington, go over the "Mount" and below is Station Square where the Clipper fleet is based. I'm sure your friend will know how to do it. If he lives on the East side of the bridge, you're practically at the stadium on the North Side. Either side your pretty darn close and hopefully your buddy will know how to cruise into the stadium parking lots so either way the commute will not be bad except in and out of the Stadium vicinity. If you go early to tail gate I doubt the traffic will be bad. There are stadium shops that you can go into filled with Steeler stuff pre or post game. There's also one at Station Square. If you get there early, Bettis' bar/restaurant is right on the stadium property and many bars close by.
    Last edited by westcoast; 12-02-2011 at 03:54 PM.

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    SteelNut, might want to check this out from the Steeler site, it covers pretty much everything, even coming from the West End, also sounds like allot of parking is pre sold. You may be better off taking one of the shuttle boats or purchase parking spot before hand. Good luck and bring home a winner.

    Fan Reminders for Sunday's Game

    Posted 4 hours ago

    The Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on Sunday, Dec. 4 and kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The matchup will be televised on CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2).



    Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid anticipated heavy traffic and last minute crowds at the gates, and to enjoy in-stadium pregame festivities. All gates will open at 11 a.m. and all fans entering Heinz Field will be subject to full pat downs.



    The Steelers also encourage fans to arrive early and be patient about entering the stadium. The enhanced security procedures at the stadium gates will increase the comfort and safety of fans at the game, but will require additional time for inspections at the gates. Heinz Field Management introduces new express lanes for fans that don’t have items for inspection at the security check points upon entering the stadium on game days.



    The Steelers and Heinz Field management are advising fans attending Sunday’s game about some traffic, access and security matters, including the following stadium policies:



    Coolers, bags, backpacks and large purses (larger than 8 by 11) will be prohibited. Small purses, fanny packs, small camera cases, binocular cases and diaper bags will be permitted, however, all bags are subject to inspection. All bags that do not pass security must be returned to vehicles. In addition, thermoses will not be permitted in the stadium.



    Signs and apparel with foul language or inappropriate messages are prohibited in Heinz Field. Fans with signage or apparel bearing foul language will not be allowed into Heinz Field or will be subject to expulsion from the stadium.



    Media must present identification and check-in prior to being admitted to the stadium.



    Media planning on exiting and re-entering the stadium at any point on game day must have their credential “scanned-out” before exiting in order for it to be valid for re-entry.



    Heinz Field management recommends that all fans lock their vehicles and keep personal belongings out of sight before entering the stadium. Fans are advised to not leave valuables in their vehicles during games.





    Counterfeit Tickets



    The Steelers and Heinz Field management are warning fans to watch out for counterfeit tickets when attempting to make a purchase from scalpers. Fans looking to purchase tickets are advised to only purchase tickets from the Steelers ticket office or access the team’s online TicketExchange service by logging on to www.steelers.com/ticketexchange or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Fans are advised not to purchase paper tickets printed through the TicketExchange service from scalpers because of the possibility of counterfeiting.





    Parking



    Fans without pre-sold parking and cash parkers arriving after 10 a.m., should utilize:

    Blue 10 (North Shore) Garage and Allegheny Center Garage (access from NORTH on I-279 via Exit 2B; from EAST/NORTH on Rte 28 via Lacock Street; or from SOUTH/WEST or EAST via I-279 North, Exit 1D, then left on Madison Avenue and left on East Ohio Street.
    Parking areas in the Golden Triangle and Station Square.



    Reserved, pre-sold parking lots around the stadium open at 8 a.m. to game day parkers. Tailgating is permitted in the pre-sold lots surrounding the stadium. Fans should consider using the West End Bridge for access to pre-sold Gold Lot 1, Red 5 Garage and Red 7 Lots, via Reedsdale Street Eastbound, and to pre-sold Gold Lots 2, 3, 4 and 6, via North Shore Drive.



    For Sunday’s game against the Bengals, there will be free parking available at nine Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages and the Mon Wharf (new this year). Parking is also available in the Grant Street Transportation Center garages (entrances on Penn Ave. and 12th Street downtown).



    From Golden Triangle parking garages, fans can enjoy a pleasant walk to Heinz Field via the Ft. Duquesne Bridge walkway and sidewalks on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Fans desiring shuttle service to Heinz Field can park at the Mon Wharf and ride the Molly’s Trolleys (new this year). Fans could also park in the Cultural District and take a boat shuttle from the Allegheny Wharf (see below).





    Boat Shuttles from Golden Triangle and Strip District



    You can enjoy a boat shuttle ride from the Allegheny Wharf to/from Heinz Field. Access the Allegheny Wharf via steps at the south end of the Clemente Bridge near Ft. Duquesne Boulevard. Pittsburgh Water Limo boat shuttles begin three hours prior to kickoff. Return shuttles begin at the end of the third quarter and continue until one hour after the game concludes.



    From the Strip District, 23rd Street area, to/from Heinz Field, shuttle boat rides are available 2 hours and 1 hours prior to kickoff. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Visit www.pittsburghwaterlimo.com for additional information. Limited free parking is available at the marina.



    Station Square Boat Shuttles



    Park at Station Square ($10.00) and ride the Gateway Clipper Fleet Steelers shuttle boats ($5.00 per person, each way).





    Traffic Alerts



    PennDOT, the Pittsburgh city police and other partners are working with the Steelers and Heinz Field management to facilitate event access and to provide tips that will help with your game day commute:



    Post-Game Traffic



    Route 28 Alternate Routes to Consider:

    One lane northbound on Route 28 North (between the 31st Street Bridge and the 40th Street Bridge) has been closed for construction. Fans who normally exit via Route 28 North, may want to consider the following exit routes:

    I-279 North via HOV
    16th Street Bridge to 40th Street Bridge (via Liberty Avenue and Butler Street)



    West End Bridge

    • If you are in the right lane, keep moving and do NOT change lanes;

    • At the south end of the bridge, keep moving and turn right on red;

    • Then proceed in all directions:

    * SOUTH on Routes 51, 19; 50 (via Route 60) or Greentree Road.

    * WEST or EAST on I-376; and NORTH on Route 60 (via Steuben Street) to I-79;



    Parkway West (I-376 West), Alternate Routes to Consider:

    To Beaver and Butler counties, northwest Pennsylvania or northeast Ohio

    I-279 North via HOV, then North on I-79
    Route 65 North, then North on I-79

    2. To Washington or Green counties, West Virginia or southeast Ohio

    Route 51 North to I-79 South (via Route 65 North; McKees Rocks Bridge South; Route 51 North; then Neville Road North to I-79 South)
    HOV to I-279 North; then South on Camp Horne Road (Exit 7) to Route 65 North at Emsworth and to I-79 South
    Route 60 North to I-79 South (via Steuben Street south/west [to Ingram] and Route 60 North; then to I-79 and to I-376 West)
    Route 50 West to I-79 South (North on Route 60 [via Noblestown Road]; then West on Route 50 to I-79 South [Carnegie] or I-79 South [Kirwan Heights])
    Greentree Road to I-79 South (South on Greentree Road [via Route 60 and Wabash Street]; then West on Route 50 to I-79 South [Kirwan Heights])
    Route 19 South



    Golden Triangle -- Ft. Duquesne Blvd., eastbound (postgame only), Stanwix Street to Sixth, is CLOSED following the game.




    Trucks Prohibited from North Shore Before, During and After Game


    Trucks (except those approved by police for deliveries and those displaying North Shore Pre-Sold Parking permits and traveling directly to their permitted lot or garage) are prohibited from the North Shore Streets Area (Reedsdale Street, Casino Drive, North Shore Drive, and Mazeroski Way) from three hours before until two hours after the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada View Post
    Hey Raid/er......weren't you one of the Iggle fans who said that Duce Staley > Jerome Bettis???


    LOL.
    I'll bet The Bus was a scary sight when he broke through the line and one was a CB... "OH SHIIIT.... I GOTTA TACKLE THAT BIG THING?"
    I promise I won't do it again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raid View Post
    I'll bet The Bus was a scary sight when he broke through the line and one was a CB... "OH SHIIIT.... I GOTTA TACKLE THAT BIG THING?"

    LBers were terrified also.....I'll always remember Bettis steamrolling Urlacher. Might of been Bettis' final game at home...went nuts in the mud.
    The Leafies are Scumbags.

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    So like...........how was the friggin' game? bad tix? HAHAHAHAHAHA.............
    I promise I won't do it again

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