Fan Guidelines for Winter Classic

Heinz Field Management Issues Fan Reminders for

Saturday's Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

Game Time Now 8:00 p.m.
Arrive early - Pre-game Activities at 7:30 p.m.
Gates Open at 5:30 p.m.



PITTSBURGH — Heinz Field management and the National Hockey League would like to remind fans attending Saturday's Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic about some traffic, access and security matters.

Faceoff is now scheduled for 8p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid anticipated heavy traffic and last minute crowds at the gates, and to enjoy pregame festivities inside and around the stadium. Spectator Plaza, featuring interactive fan activities, opens to the public at 3 p.m. on Art Rooney Avenue. All gates will open at 5:30p.m.. All fans entering Heinz Field will be subject to full pat downs.

Fans are also reminded of the following stadium policies:

·   Signage and apparel with foul language or inappropriate messages are prohibited in Heinz Field. Fans with signage or apparel bearing foul language will not be allowed into Heinz Field or will be subject to expulsion from the stadium.

·   Coolers, bags, backpacks and large purses (larger than 8½ by 11) will be prohibited. Umbrellas, small purses, fanny packs, small camera cases, binocular cases and diaper bags will be permitted, however, all bags are subject to inspection. All bags that do not pass security must be returned to vehicles. In addition, Thermoses will not be permitted in the stadium.

·   All fans must have a valid ticket to be admitted to the stadium.

·   Media must present identification and check in at the NHL credential office prior to being admitted to the stadium.

Heinz Field management recommends that all fans lock their vehicles and keep personal belongings out of sight before entering the stadium. Fans are advised to not leave valuables in their vehicles during games.

Counterfeit Tickets

The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is sold out! The National Hockey League and Heinz Field management are warning fans to watch out for counterfeit tickets when attempting to make a purchase from scalpers. Fans are advised not to purchase tickets from scalpers because of the possibility of counterfeiting.

Recycling Program


Hockey fans tailgating before the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Pittsburgh will "clear the zone" of recyclables in Heinz Field parking lots. On New Year's Day, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and its partners will collect aluminum cans, glass containers, and plastic bottles and cups in six designated stadium parking lots. The effort will include distributing blue bags to those entering parking lots so tailgaters can fill, tie up and leave bags next to their vehicles before heading to the game. The January 1 tailgate recycling campaign is sponsored by PRC and the Alcoa Foundation in partnership with the National Hockey League, Pittsburgh Penguins, Alco Parking, City of Pittsburgh Environmental Services, Greenstar, Heinz Field and the Sports & Exhibition Authority. For more information, visit or call 412-488-7490, x 243.


Fans without pre-sold parking and cash parkers arriving after 5 p..m. should utilize:

·         Blue 10 (North Shore) Garage and Allegheny Center Garage (access from East or South/West via I-279 North, Exit 1D, then left on Madison Avenue and left on East Ohio Street; from North/East via Rte 28, Exit to Lacock Street; or from North via I-279, Exit 2B.)

·         Golden Triangle parking (access from East via I-376, Exits 72B, 71B, 71A or 70D; from West/South via I-376, Exits 70A, 70B or 71A)

·         Station Square (access from I-376, Exit 69C).

Reserved, pre-sold parking lots around the stadium open at 2:30p.m. to game day parkers. Tailgating is permitted in the pre-sold lots surrounding the stadium. Reedsdale Street eastbound, via the West End Bridge, will be opened for the game providing access to pre-sold Gold Lot 1, Red 5 Garage and Red 7 Lots.

For $5.00, convenient Golden Triangle parking is available at nine (9) Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages and the Convention Center. The Fifth Avenue Place garage also provides parking for $5.00.

From Golden Triangle parking garages, fans can enjoy a pleasant walk to Heinz Field via the Ft. Duquesne Bridge walk and sidewalks on the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

Fans seeking front door service can park in the First Avenue Garage and catch a free shuttle bus to Art Rooney Avenue near Gate A at Heinz Field (see below).

Front door service is available by shuttle bus and shuttle boat for those who park at the Grant Street Transportation Center (at Penn Avenue and Twelfth Street) or Convention Center (see below).

Park & Ride from the Golden Triangle Garages with Convenient Bus Shuttles 

Want front door service to Heinz Field? If you park in the Golden Triangle, you can ride for free each way on a Shuttle Bus. Shuttles operate two hours before faceoff and 45 minutes after the game. All shuttles will travel across the Clemente Bridge. Stops include Liberty Avenue across from the Wood Street "T" Station, Liberty Avenue at Heinz Hall and Sixth Street at Ft. Duquesne Blvd.  At Heinz Field, Shuttles stop at Art Rooney Avenue near Gate "A."


Consider two garages with convenient access and Shuttles:

•       First Avenue Garage – from East via I-376 (westbound) use Exit 71B (old 1D) to Second Avenue; and from South/West via I-376 (eastbound) use Exit 71-A (old Exit 1C).  Shuttles begin adjacent to garage.

•       Grant Street Transportation Center Garage – from West (South) via I-376 use Exit 70B (old 6C) and from North via I-279 use Exit 1A (old 6C) (10th Street Bypass/Convention Center) to Penn Avenue and 12th Street. Shuttle stops on 11th Street at Penn Avenue (adjacent to Convention Center).

For more information, contact Port Authority Customer Service at (412) 442-2000.

Boat Shuttle from the Golden Triangle

You can enjoy a boat shuttle ride from the Allegheny Wharf to/from Heinz Field.  Access the Allegheny Wharf via steps at the south end of the Clemente Bridge near Ft. Duquesne Boulevard. Boat shuttles begin three hours prior to faceoff. Return shuttles begin at the end of the 3rd period and continue until one hour after the game concludes.

Station Square Boat Shuttles

Park at Station Square ($8.00) and ride the Gateway Clipper Fleet Steelers shuttle boats ($5.00 per person, each way).

Traffic Alerts

PennDOT, the Pittsburgh city police and other partners are working with the National Hockey League and Heinz Field management to facilitate event access and to provide tips that will help with your game day commute:

Post-Game Traffic


Route 28 Alternate Routes to Consider:

One lane on Rte 28 North (between the 31st Street Bridge and the 40th Street Bridge) has been closed for construction.  Fans who normally exit via Rte 28 North, may want to consider the following alternate routes:

•   I-279 North via HOV

•   16th Street Bridge to 40th Street Bridge (via Liberty Avenue and Butler Street)



Parkway West (I-376 West), Alternate Routes to Consider:

1.     To Beaver and Butler counties, northwest Pennsylvania or northeast Ohio

•   I-279 North via HOV, then North on I-79

•   Route 65 North

o North on Rte. 65 (Ohio River Blvd.)

o North on Rte. 65 (via HOV to I-279 North; South on Camp Horne Road to Rte. 65 North at Emsworth)

•   Route 51 North (via Rte. 65 North; McKees Rocks Bridge South; Rte. 51 North: then Neville Road North to return to Rte. 51)

•   Route 60 North (South/West on Steuben Street [to Ingram]; North on Rte. 60)


2.     To Washington or Green counties, West Virginia or southeast Ohio

•   Route 51 North to I-79 South (via Rte. 65 North; McKees Rocks Bridge South; Rte. 51 North; then Neville Road North to I-79 South)

•   Route 60 North to I-79 South (via Steuben Street south/west [to Ingram] and Rte. 60 North; then South on I-79 or to I-376 West)

•   Route 50 West to I-79 South (North on Rte. 60 [via Noblestown Road]; then West on Rte. 50 to I-79 South [Carnegie] or I-79 South [Kirwan Heights])

•   Greentree Road to I-79 South (South on Greentree Road [via Rte. 60 and Wabash Street]; then West on Rte. 50 to I-79 South [Kirwan Heights])

•   Route 19 South

o South on Rte. 19 (Banksville Road)

o Truck Rte. 19 (West Liberty Avenue)

Golden Triangle Streets CLOSED, follow detour

•  Stanwix Street, from Penn Avenue to Liberty Avenue.

•  Stanwix Street, from Liberty Avenue southbound to Forbes Street.

•  Ft. Duquesne Blvd., eastbound (postgame only), Stanwix Street to Sixth Street.


Commercial Trucks


Commercial trucks and oversized vehicles are prohibited from traveling on North Shore local roads surrounding Heinz Field from three hours prior to faceoff until 1½ hours after the conclusion of the game.

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