Are you planning a visit to Pittsburgh, and hoping to catch a Steelers, Pirates, or Penguins game or a concert by a top artist?

With three championship-winning pro sports teams, three spectacular almost-new stadiums and arenas, and a steady lineup of concerts and shows throughout the year, Pittsburgh gives sports and music fans plenty to love - plus you'll also find lots of other fun things to here. 

Planning a last-minute trip to Pittsburgh?

If you're booking a spur-of-the-moment trip to Pittsburgh or visiting for the first time, we have you covered.  Here's where to get tickets, best places to stay nearby, and a few other fun things to do.

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Where to Stay in Pittsburgh

Fun Ways to Explore Pittsburgh

The Steelers (footbal), Pirates (baseball), and Penguins (hockey) pro teams all calling Pittsburgh "home" plus numerous collegiate sports events, you'll find exciting games to watch year-round. 

A growing number of craft breweries, tasty local food specialties, excellent museums, cool neighborhoods, and a hip culture fueled in part by students and recent grads from the area's almost 70 colleges and universities add to the reasons why you'll enjoy your time here. 

You can walk around easily and safely, or hop on the "T" (Pittsburgh's light rail system) and ride for free in the Downtown "Golden Triangle" area. 

Pittsburgh's Clemente Bridge over the Allegheny River- Photo credit: iStockphotos/Holcy 
Pittsburgh's Clemente Bridge over the Allegheny River - Photo credit: iStockphotos/Holcy

Pittsburgh is also a stunningly beautiful city with three converging rivers, picturesque hills, a scenic riverside park with walking trails, and stately buildings dating back to its Steel City days.

And in case you need another reason for heading to Pittsburgh for some entertainment:  very affordable tickets to games and shows - a real bargain compared with other large East Coast cities.

This Pittsburgh visitors guide includes everything you need to know about sports, concerts, and other things to do here, where to stay, fun places to eat, interesting tours, local transportation, and the easiest parking for stadium events.

Have fun in Pittsburgh!

Fun Pittsburgh Facts:

  • Pittsburgh boasts the highest number of bars per capita in the U.S.
  • Pittsburgh has 446 bridges - although only 26 of them span the city's three rivers
  • Why are locals are called "Yinzers"?  Because they say yinz for the plural of you - like y'all in the South and youse in New Jersey

Top photo:  Pittsburgh skyline at night - Photo credit: iStock/Jon Bilous

Pittsburgh Sports & Concerts:  What's On

Pittsburgh's biggest stadiums and arenas - PNC Park, Acrisure Center, PPG Paints Arena - host home games for the Pirates, Steelers, Penguins, and United Soccer League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds, as well as University of Pittsburgh, Dusquesne University, and Robert Morris University collegiate teams. 

You'll also see WWE, other sports events, Disney on Ice, and the city's biggest concerts at these venues, especially PPG Paints Center. 

Here's what's happening at each of these top three entertainment venues:

PNC Park - Schedules & Tickets

This is where you'll see Pittsburgh Pirates home games during spring, summer, and fall, plus summer outdoor concerts and special winter events.

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Acrisure Center - Schedules & Tickets

Watch the NFL's Steelers play their home games here, plus you can catch plenty of collegiate games, concerts by top artists, and other special events.

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PPG Paints Arena - Schedules & Tickets

The NHL's Penguins share this area with popular concerts, special events such as Jurassic World Live Tour and WWE Smackdown, Cirque de Soleil, Monster Jam, and more.

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Hotels near PNC Park, Acrisure Center, & PPG Paints Arena

Comfortable seating in Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh suite
Comfortable seating in Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh suite

All three of Pittsburgh's major sports/concert venues are located close to the city's central core, which means you can choose from numerous hotels at all price points.  

Downtown Pittsburgh Hotels 

Stay in a Downtown Pittsburgh hotel, and you'll be close to all the venues.  You'll have fun exploring this neighborhood's lively dining and nightlife scene while being a 5-10 minute walk from PPG Paints Arena, and equally close to PNC Park and Acrisure Center across the Clemente Bridge.  Here are our top picks at different price points:

North Side Hotels Close to PNC Park & Acrisure Center

North Shore Pittsburgh hotels work equally well for both PNC Center and Acrisure Center, with only a 5-10 minute walk to reach either of them.  They're also close to Rivers Casino, the Andy Warhol Museum, and Pittsburgh's Children's Museum:

Uptown Hotels near PPG Paints Arena

If PPG Paints Arena is your destination, its location on the edge of the Uptown neighborhood gives you a couple of additional choices.  Avoid North Shore hotels, which are much less convenient to the Arena.) 

These two Uptown hotels are across the street from PPG Paints Arena - can't beat the convenience!

  • Cambria - Awesome state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, and onsite restaurants - the Pittsburgh Penguins' official hotel!
  • Omni William Penn - Luxurious public spaces, comfortable guestrooms, a 24-hour fitness center, and onsite restaurants make this the Steelers' preferred hotel 

East Liberty Hotels 

Experience the hippest part of Pittsburgh by staying in the East Liberty neighborhood, about 2 miles from PPG Paints Arena and less than 4 miles from PNC Park and Acrisure Center:

  • Kasa The Maverick - Known for its fun hipster vibe, minimalist furnishings, huge windows, high ceilings -  Book Now
  • Hotel Indigo East Liberty - Boutique hotel with plush bedding, designer touches, and spa showers near Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Museum, and the University of Pittsburgh.   Book Now

Map of Pittsburgh Hotels & Best Rates

Use this map to enter your dates and find best rates (including discounted rates) on available hotels and apartments:

Where to Eat & Drink Near Pittsburgh Stadiums

You'll find plenty of food and drink concessions at PNC Park, Acrisure Center, and PPG Paints Arena including outposts of local bars and restaurants offering their own specialties and local fare way beyond the standard stadium hot dogs, nachos, and fries. 

Outside the ballpark, sample Pittsburgh's thriving brewpub scene famous for its craft beers and tasty food including local specialties.  With PNC Park and Heinz Field less than half a mile apart, plenty of sports bars and casual spots to eat and drink fill the North Shore, and you'll have even more choices across the Clemente Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh. 

Here are a few you won't want to miss, as well as a hotel bar to check out:

North Shore Bars & Restaurants near PNC Park & Heinz Field

  • Beerhead Bar & Eatery (110 Federal Street across from the ballpark) - Love beer?  You'll find hundreds of choices here, including craft beers from around the country.  If you want to eat there too, bring your own food or order from the delivery menus they keep on hand.

More Ways to Enjoy Pittsburgh's Food Culture

Downtown Pittsburgh Food & Drink

  • Meat & Potatoes (649 Penn Ave) - Choose the rib eye steak for two and customize your sauces, sides, and potatoes, go for a burger with a side of poutine, or indulge in any of the other meat-centric specialties. Mussels and frites hit the spot too!
  • Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room (139 7th Street) - Craft beers on tap, pizza, salads, and Italian specialties emphasizing local seasonal produce with almost everything made from scratch, including the delicious fresh mozzarella, pastas, and desserts.

Pittsburgh Hotel Bars & Restaurants

  • Biergarten at Kimpton Hotel Monaco (Downtown) - Relax on the Biergarten's appealing 9th floor rooftop patio bar and enjoy a winning combination of European beverages, German specialties to munch on, pub games, and sweeping city views.

More Pittsburgh Attractions & Things to Do

Visiting Pittsburgh to attend a PNC Park event?  Don't miss these top attractions and fun things to do:

  • Top Pittsburgh Attractions - Acrisure Field and the Pittsburgh Steelers, PPG Paints Arena and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Andy Warhol Museum (117 Sandusky, 2-minute walk from PNC Park), Market Square (intersection of Market Street and Forbes Ave - restaurants, street vendors, pop-up markets, and cool architecture), Rivers Casino (777 Casino Drive, 1 block from Heinz Field)
  • Kids' Favorites in Pittsburgh - Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (10 Children's Way, close to PNC Park), Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium (1 Wild Place), Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Drive, across from Heinz Field)

More Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Transportation to Pittsburgh Stadiums & Arenas

Wondering how to get to your game? 

Pittsburgh's light rail system - the "T" - runs through the Downtown business district and North Shore neighborhoods.  Stations near PNC Park (North Side Station), Acrisure Center (Allegheny Station), and PPG Paints Arena (Steel Plaza Station), as well as the many hotels in these areas, so no need to bring your car into the city.  Best of all, T service between Downtown and North Shore stations is free.

Traffic gets congested around PNC Park, Acrisure Center, and PPG Paints Arena, and parking nearby can be expensive, especially on the North Shore where private garages outnumber more affordable municipal facilities. 

So if you're coming from farther away, here's our best tip for saving a few dollars:  Park near a Downtown station further from these sports/entertainment venues such as the First Avenue Garage next to First Avenue T Station or the Mellon Square Garage near Wood Street T Station and then ride for free to your destination.

On game days at PNC Park and Acrisure Center, the Roberto Clemente Bridge closes to vehicle traffic and becomes pedestrian-only so if you're coming from out of town and staying in a downtown hotel, join the throngs of other fans and walk across the bridge to the stadium. 

More transportation & parking information:  PNC Park  |  Acrisure Center  |  PPG Paints Arena

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