With the University of Pittsburgh celebrating its 225th anniversary, this year's homecoming festivities are greater than ever. Earlier in the week Pitt Live Wire looked at Friday night's events. Today we break down Saturday's activities and the showdown with Louisville at Heinz Field at 11 a.m.
Alumni Band Day: 7 a.m.
Great Lawn Student Tailgate: 8-11 a.m.
World's Largest Family Tailgate: 8-11 a.m.
Stage AE: All fans are invited to Stage AE beginning at 8:30 a.m. Come and enjoy live music and specials offered throughout the morning, while visiting with former Pitt student-athletes, who will be in attendance for their All-Sport Reunion.
Panthers Prowl: 8:45 a.m.
Pitt Band Pregame Concert (Gate A): 9 a.m.
March To Victory Parade: 10 a.m. The 2012 Homecoming court will lead the parade down General Robinson Street.
Kickoff, Pitt vs. Louisville: 11 a.m.
Halftime: Announcement of Homecoming King and Queen
Check links here for directions to Heinz Field, information on parking and the student shuttle. Parking lots will open five hours prior to kickoff. Also, continue to check traffic updates for Saturday. There could be significant delays if you are heading to the game through the Squirrel Hill Tunnels on the Parkway East (I-376) so please plan accordingly.
Pitt introduced a new digital ticketing system this year with a multitude of capabilities. One important component is that fans are able to share their tickets if they are unable to attend a game. Fans can share tickets with friends and family, sell their tickets online, or donate to a charity. For more information, visit the ticket center.
Will Call will open three hours prior to kickoff this season at Gate A. Walk-up ticket sales will take place at Gate B.
Pitt fans are asked to arrive early to the stadium due to enhanced security measures, which includes a handheld metal detector. The detector will replace pat-downs. Express lanes will be available for fans that are not carrying in additional permitted items into Heinz Field.
Your gameday experience will be heightened this year once inside the stadium as well. Upgrades to Heinz Field's scoreboard capabilities allow us to provide a better fan experience including enhanced camera angles, more complete coverage and more information to those in attendance. The upgrades make Heinz Field one of the top technologically advanced stadiums in college athletics.
For additional information on the game this weekend, visit Game Day Central.