Getting to PPG Paints Arena
1001 Fifth Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh
Transportation to PPG Paints Arena
The easiest way to get to PPG Paints Arena is to walk, either from your hotel if you're staying in the city for a game or concert, or from the Steel Plaza "T" (light rail) station a couple of blocks away - maybe five minutes on foot.
Parking near PPG Paints Arena
To avoid spending more time than necessary in snarled traffic, follow this simple parking rule: Park on the North Shore if you're driving in from the north, and park Downtown if you're driving in from the east, south, or west.
Best (ie, close and affordable) North Shore parking near PPG Paints Arena includes the Pirates' official parking lots near the ballpark, especially Lots 7A, 7B, 7C, or 7D, Allegheny Center Garage (100 South Commons), and the North Shore Garage (12 E. Robinson Street near the Andy Warhol Museum).
PPG Paints Arena parking guide map courtesy of PPG Paints Arena
Downtown Pittsburgh offers 20,000+ parking spaces. Game day and concert rates tend to be cheaper than on the North Shore, especially at the city's many municipal parking garages and garages located here. This map shows you their locations:
Eat & Celebrate In & Near PPG Paints Arena
Where to Eat & Drink Inside PPG Paints Arena
Inside PPG Paints Arena, you'll find at least 40 food and drink concessions including lots of local spots, a couple of food courts, and a few slightly fancier options. Look for Smorgasburgh (Section 110) for lots of local choices and craft beers, Just4u (Section 128/129) for gluten-free and vegetarian fare, Manny's (behind center field seats) for awesome BBQ, pulled pork, and burgers, and Pop's Plaza Food Court (Section 129) for a big choice of ballpark favorites. When the weather is good, head straight to the Hall of Fame Club on the club level behind left field and grab seats on the outdoor patio overlooking Riverwalk.
Outside the ballpark, sample Pittsburgh's thriving brewpub scene famous for its craft beers and tasty food including local specialties. With PPG Paints Arena and Heinz Field less than half a mile apart, plenty of sports bars and casual spots to eat and drink fill the North Shore, with even more choices across the Clemente Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh. Here are some you won't want to miss, as well as a couple of hotel bars to check out:
North Shore Bars & Restaurants near PPG Paints Arena
- Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 (393 North Shore Drive) - Owned by a famous former Steeler halfback (and located slightly closer to Heinz Field than PPG Paints Arena), this popular spot features a beer of the month, gluten-free options, top-qualify beef, and local sourcing when possible, plus they make everything from scratch. Go for the street tacos, pierogi flatbread, any of the steaks and burgers, and don't miss the addictively-delicious nutella cheesecake.
- Beerhead Bar & Eatery (110 Federal Street in the Boggs Building 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.
- McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon (211 North Shore Drive) - Known as a Pirate's bar, McFadden's offers beer and food specials before each game. Look for standard bar food, including extensive sauce selections for wings, and Irish flavors such as the Guinness-battered haddock used in their tasty fish sandwich.
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!
- Union Standard (Union Trust Building, 524 William Penn Place) - With a raw bar featuring shellfish from across the Northeast, a wood-fired rotisserie and grill making wood-grilled wings and other specialties, and an emphasis on fresh local ingredients, you'll find a lot to love at Union Standard for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
- 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.
- Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh (East Liberty neighborhood) - This highly rated restaurant pays homage to locally sourced fresh products and cuisine while serving up memorable meals.
Tailgating at PPG Paints Arena
Most tailgating takes place in the North Shore parking lots around PPG Paints Arena, which typically open 4 hours prior to PPG Paints Arena game time and 5 hours prior to concerts. There's no need to have a car to participate - lots of fans arrive on foot or by T with a rolling cooler. Alcohol is permitted, but alcohol sales are not, so bring the amount of beer you expect to consume.
The smell of sausages sizzling on grills will make your mouth water, even if you've just eaten, so if you're not planning to grill, bring at least a sandwich or chips so that you don't starve. Cooking grills are permitted only in outdoor lots (not garages), and no open fires are permitted anywhere.
Some lots prohibit tents, beach umbrellas, and portable or personal toilets.
The city occasionally implements tailgating restrictions such as opening stadium parking lots closer to game or concert start time as part of an ongoing effort to reduce trash left behind by tailgaters.
PPG Paints Arena's Food and Beverage Policy in a Nutshell
PPG Paints Arena lets you bring sealed bottled water in clear disposable plastic and no larger than 24 ounces and other beverages such as kids' juice boxes, but no alcohol, carbonated beverages, sports drinks, cans, glass bottles, or thermoses. The bottled water, juice boxes, and any food that you may want to bring must fit into a soft-sided bag no larger than 16" x 16" x 8". You're not allowed to bring any outside food or beverages into the Lexus Club, Suite Level, or Jim Beam Left Field Lounge and Porch areas.