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Aug. 22, 2011

PITTSBURGH - Shortly after the conclusion of the Pitt football contest vs. Buffalo on Sept. 3, Peoples Natural Gas will present "Light the River Spectacular" on the Allegheny River, along the Great Lawn.

The combination of flame work and fireworks from Zambelli make this show one of a kind, and will be viewed in the United States for the first time in Pittsburgh.

"With the excitement of the new era of Pitt Football beginning, what an outstanding addition to the opening game weekend," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. "We are grateful to Peoples Natural Gas for enhancing this day with a one of a kind event. You won't want to miss the game or the Light The River Spectacular."

Fans are encouraged to watch from the Great Lawn or River Walk, as you will not be able to fully experience the show from the stadium or parking lots.

"Peoples Natural Gas is once again based and run from Western Pennsylvania," Peoples Natural Gas President and CEO Morgan O'Brien said. "We have brought 200 new jobs to this region and we are committed to supporting the communities we serve and the future economic development of the region. Presenting Light the River Spectacular is a unique and special gift from our dedicated and committed employees to our customers and to this region."

"Zambelli Fireworks is very excited about bringing a spectacular new display to Pittsburgh," Zambelli Fireworks Chairman George R. Zambelli, Jr. MD, said. "The Peoples Natural Gas Light the River Spectacular features some of the most advanced flame and pyrotechnic effects in the world. The display will be the first of its kind in this region of the country and offers Pittsburghers an opportunity to see the river ablaze with flames and fireworks."

In addition to postgame festivities, the annual Rib Fest will be held at Heinz Field beginning at noon through midnight. Prior to the game, Pitt will host the World's Largest Family Tailgate on Art Rooney Avenue beginning at 3 p.m., including family fun, games and food. The Geico Panthers Pregame Radio Show, also beginning at 3 p.m., will broadcast live from Stage AE (admission is free). The Panther Prowl will begin at 4 p.m. followed immediately by the Pitt Band pregame concert. The March to Victory Parade will take place at 5 p.m., beginning at Tony Dorsett Drive.

Season ticket packages are currently on sale for as low as $116 and can be purchased online (, by phone (800/643-PITT) or in person at the Petersen Events Center ticket office.

Light The River Spectacular To Follow Pitt vs. Buffalo Contest

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