Similar to the blueprint Pitt began cultivating in 2000 to entrench itself among the country's finest universities, Pitt Athletics is intent on doing the same from a student-athlete perspective.
One of the nation's finest football venues, Heinz Field is home to Panther football. The horseshoe stadium seats 65,050 people and provides a stunning view of Pittsburgh's breathtaking skyline.
Located on Pittsburgh's North Shore, the stadium is also home to the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers
Combined with the premier venues of the Petersen Events Center, the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, the newly renovated Fitzgerald Field House and Trees Pool, and the upcoming addition of the Petersen Sports Complex, Heinz Field offers students, parents and fans an enthralling sports experience that stretches from Oakland to the South Side to the booming North Shore.
The Panthers have their own expansive, private locker area at Heinz Field: the Duratz Locker Room. The plush dressing area spans nearly 5,000 square feet and has custom-made oak lockers for 125 players.
Fan amenities include more than 400 television monitors, two video walls, 32 concession areas, club seating and 122 luxury suites.
The Coca-Cola Great Hall is a 40,000-square foot showpiece for Western Pennsylvania football - both past and present. It features memorabilia, interactive display columns and huge murals depicting the rich history of football in the region and at the University of Pittsburgh.
2.04 Acres of Kentucky Blue Grass
Field to Spectator
25 feet from the end zone to the first closest seat
1.49 Million Square Feet
48 ft x 27 ft PantherVision scoreboard video display
The University of Pittsburgh holds the distinction of playing the very first official football game at Heinz Field. The following lists the stadium's "firsts," all achieved by the Panthers.
Official Game: Sept. 1, 2001, Pittsburgh 31 East Tennessee State 0 Touchdown: David Priestley, 85-yard run, 8:38 of the first quarter Passing Touchdown: R.J. English catches a 12-yard pass from David Priestley, 9:07 of the third quarter Field Goal: Nick Lotz, 20-yard field goal, 2:02 of the fourth quarter Interception: Ramon Walker, 9:55 of the second quarter, returned 18 yards Quarterback Sack: Amir Purifoy sacks Matt Wilhjelm for loss of five yards, 6:43 of the second quarter