The Steelers close out their 2011 preseason home schedule with a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night at Heinz Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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 5:30 p.m. and all fans entering Heinz Field will be subject to full pat downs. Fans will receive a Steelers' 2011 Value Book upon entering Heinz Field.
The Steelers and Heinz Field management are advising fans attending Saturday night's game about some traffic, access and security matters, including the following stadium policies:
- Coolers, bags, backpacks and large purses (larger than 8½ by 11) will be prohibited. 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.
- Signs 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.
- 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 are advising fans of their "Early-Bird" specials for this Saturday night's game against the Falcons. The Greater Pittsburgh Boy Scouts of America will distribute Steelers' schedule magnets during the first hour the gates are open (5:30-6:30 p.m.). All fans entering between 5:30-6:30 p.m. will also be eligible to win pre-game field passes, Steelers' Sideline Store gift cards and a free 12 oz. soda with any food purchase in the Coca-Cola Great Hall (from 5:30-6:30 p.m. only). Additionally, one of the lucky pre-game field pass winners will be given the opportunity to take part in the Terrible Towel twirl prior to kickoff.
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 4:30 p.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 2:30 p.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, the Mon Wharf (new this year), the Convention Center and the Fifth Avenue Place garage.
From Golden Triangle parking garages, fans can enjoy a pleasant walk to Heinz Field via the Ft. Duquesne Bridge walkway and sidewalks on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Fans desiring shuttle service to Heinz Field can park at the Mon Wharf and ride the Molly's Trolleys (new this year). Fans could also park in the Cultural District and take a boat shuttle from the Allegheny Wharf (see below).
Boat Shuttles from Golden Triangle and Strip District
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. Pittsburgh Water Limo boat shuttles begin three hours prior to kickoff. Return shuttles begin at the end of the 3rd quarter and continue until one hour after the game concludes.
From the Strip District, 23rd Street area, to/from Heinz Field, shuttle boat rides are available 2½ hours and 1½ hours prior to kickoff. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Visit www.pittsburghwaterlimo.com for additional information. Parking is available in the public garage at 24th Street ($6.00).
Station Square Boat Shuttles
Park at Station Square ($10.00) and ride the Gateway Clipper Fleet Steelers shuttle boats ($5.00 per person, each way).
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
- 16th Street Bridge to 40th Street Bridge(via Liberty Avenue and Butler Street)
Route 65 and Route 51 North to I-79 South -- Alternate Route to Consider:
Route 65 North (and access to route 51 North via the McKees Rocks Bridge) is under construction from Chateau Street to California Avenue. Traffic is detoured via one lane ramp to California Avenue Westbound. An alternate route to Route 65 North and I-79 South is via the HOV to I-279 North; then South on Camp Horne Road (Exit 7) to Rte. 65 North at Emsworth.
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 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 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 -- Ft. Duquesne Blvd., eastbound (postgame only), Stanwix Street to Sixth, is CLOSED following the game.
Trucks Prohibited from North Shore Before, During and After Event
Trucks(except those approved by police for deliveries and those displaying North Shore Pre-Sold Parking permits and traveling directly to their permitted lot or garage) are prohibited from the North Shore Streets Area (Reedsdale Street, Casino Drive, North Shore Drive, and Mazeroski Way) from three hours before until two hours after Event.