Lt Col Brian Joseph of the United States Air Force flew this F-15 from Japan to Hawaii and will take part in the flyover this Sunday at Heinz Field.
Heinz Field Management Issues
Fan Reminders for Sunday's Steelers Game
Fans Encouraged to Sign Children Up with FBI Child Identification Program in the
Coca-Cola Great Hall **
PITTSBURGH— The Steelers will kick off the 2010 regular season this Sunday at 1 p.m. when they host the Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field.
Fans attending the game with children ages five and older will be able to sign their children up with the FBI's Child Identification Program. Beginning at pregame and running through halftime, the FBI will be stationed in the southeast end of the Coca-Cola Great Hall, across from Guest Services, and will digitally fingerprint children and provide parents with color photo ID cards on the spot.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid anticipated heavy traffic and last minute crowds at the gates, and to enjoy in-stadium pregame festivities. All gates will open at 11 a.m., approximately two hours prior to kickoff. All fans entering Heinz Field will be subject to full pat downs.
The Steelers and Heinz Field management are advising fans attending Sunday's game about some traffic, access and security matters, including 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. Small purses, fanny packs, small camera cases and 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.
- Media must present identification and check-in prior to being admitted to the stadium.
- Media planning on exiting and re-entering the stadium at any point on game day must have their credential "scanned-out" before exiting in order for it to be valid for re-entry.
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.
The Steelers and Heinz Field management are warning fans to watch out for counterfeit tickets when attempting to make a purchase from scalpers. Fans looking to purchase tickets are advised to only purchase tickets from the Steelers ticket office or access the team's online TicketExchange service by logging on to www.steelers.com/ticketexchange or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Fans are advised not to purchase paper tickets printed through the TicketExchange service from scalpers because of the possibility of counterfeiting.
Fans without pre-sold parking and cash parkers arriving after 10 a.m., should utilize:
- Blue 10 (North Shore) Garage and Allegheny Center Garage (access from North on I-279 via Exit 2B; from East/North on Rte 28 via Lacock Street; or from South/West or East via I-279 North, Exit 1D, then left on Madison Avenue and left on East Ohio Street.
- Parking areas in the Golden Triangle and Station Square.
Reserved, pre-sold parking lots around the stadium open at 8a.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 or the Grant Street Transportation Center (at Penn Avenue and Twelfth Street) and catch a shuttle bus to Art Rooney Avenue near Gate A at Heinz Field (see below).
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).
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 on a Shuttle Bus (for only $2.00 per person, each way). Shuttles operate two hours before kickoff 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.
PennDOT, the Pittsburgh city police and other partners are working with the Steelers and Heinz Field management to facilitate event access and to provide tips that will help with your game day commute:
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
- I-376 East
- 16th Street Bridge to 40th Street Bridge(via Liberty Avenue and Butler Street)
- 31st Street Bridge to 40th Street Bridge(via Penn Avenue and Butler Street)
Heading East to I-376 or North to I-279 via Rte 65 Southbound Entrance from Beaver Ave.:
- Vehicles Parked North of Heinz Field – Use North Avenue westbound (toward the river) to Chateau Street northbound and "U" turn to Beaver Avenue southbound entrance to Rte 65 southbound.
Heading South and West via West End Bridge(Traffic to Rte 60 and Rte 50, use right lane)
- Vehicles Parked in Lots 2 and 4 and in lots West of Heinz Field – Sproat Way northbound is now OPENfor access from North Shore Drive to West End Bridge.
- Vehicles Parked North of Heinz Field – Use Western Avenue westbound and Ridge Avenue westbound for access to West End Bridge.
Ft. Duquesne Bridge will be open for Steelers fans before and after the game.
Golden Triangle Streets CLOSED, follow detour
• Stanwix Street, from Penn Avenue to Liberty Avenue.
• Liberty Avenue at Stanwix Street (No through traffic on Liberty Avenue).
• Ft. Duquesne Blvd., eastbound (postgame only), Stanwix Street to Sixth Street.
Commercial trucks and oversized vehicles are prohibited from traveling on North Shore local roads surrounding Heinz Field from three hours prior to kickoff until after the conclusion of the game.