In Game

Yinzers take their sports teams very seriously, and the Panthers are no exception. The fans here create a great game day atmosphere as they brim with passion and pride for the Panthers, yet are still a friendly bunch.  If you’re a visiting fan, you will get heckled a bit, but fans will still treat you with respect and create an overall inviting environment.

Not only does Pitt have some great fans they also have had some great teams over the years. The Panthers have won nine national championships, with the last coming in 1976, and have also produced some of the greatest players in NFL history. The Panthers most famous alumni is Dan Marino who held the record for most passing yards passes completed, and touchdown passes when he retired from the NFL in 1999. In addition to Marino all time greats such as Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, and Larry Fitzgerald all played their collegiate football at Pitt.

One of the unique things about attending a Pitt game is they are the only school with an official yell that is part of one of their fight songs. The yell is in the fight song Hail to Pitt and is a reference to W.A. Johnston’s Official University Yell. When attending a Pitt Panthers game bring your vocal chords as you’ll need them to take part in this unique game day tradition.

Things to check out

Great Hall

The advantages to sharing Heinz Field with the Steelers is that fans can experience an NFL style gameday experience, while also getting the incredible atmosphere of a college football game. One way to get the NFL experience is to visit The Great Hall, which displays the rich history of one of the NFL’s greatest franchises. The Great Hall is a must see for any NFL fan regardless what team you support.

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Hail to Pitt Flag

Each game 100 students are selected to carry the 50-yard-long Hail to Pitt Flag. The flag is displayed on the field during pre-game activities and is an excellent way to show off the pride and tradition of Pitt football. Keep your eyes peeled for the Hail to Pitt Flag when attending a Panthers football game.

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Ketchup Bottles

The scoreboard displays two ketchup bottles that spin and pour ketchup onto the board whenever the Panthers reach the red zone. As Pitt gets closer to the end zone, the scoreboard gets redder and redder until the Panthers punch the ball in for the score.

Fan Tunnel

The Hail to Pitt Flag isn’t the only way students can get involved in the pre-game ceremony; they can also be a member of the group of students who create a tunnel that the team charges through as it takes the field. While this tradition was briefly lost in 1999, it was reinstated in 2008 to help lift the Panthers to victory.

Fight Songs

  1. Pitt Victory Song

    Let’s go Pitt, we’re set for victory
    So lend a hand, strike up the band!
    Let’s go Pitt, we’re making history
    We’ll never yield out on the field.
    The whistle blows, we’re on our toes
    The ball is IN the air.
    It may be rough the going tough
    But always fighting fair so…

    (Chorus)
    Fight on for dear old Pittsburgh
    And for the glory of the game
    Show our worthy foe that the Panther’s on the go
    Pitt must win today! Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Cheer loyal sons of Pittsburgh
    Cheer on to victory and fame
    For the Blue and Gold shall conquer as of old
    So fight, Pitt, fight!

    (YELL)
    Da da da da da-da Fight, Pitt, fight!
    Da da da da da-da Fight, Pitt, fight!
    V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!

    (Repeat Chorus)

  2. Pitt Alma Mater

    Alma mater, wise and glorious

    Child of light and bride of truth

    Over fate and foe victorious

    Dowered with eternal youth.  

     

    Crowned with love of son and daughter

    Thou shalt conquer as of yore.

    Dear old Pittsburgh, Alma Mater

    God preserve thee evermore.

  3. Hail to Pitt

    Hail to Pitt, hail to Pitt every loyal son

    Hail to Pitt, hail to Pitt ’til the victory is won

    The gold and blue shall wave forever

    On high through fair and stormy weather

    We’ll sing her praises far and wide

    Until the end of time

    Hooperay, hooperay for dear old U-N-I

    We’ll give a grand old alleghenee, genac, genac, genac

    We’ll wave and cheer for many a year

    And sing our songs out loud and clear

    For our university.

  4. Sweet Caroline

    The Panthers like their NFL counterpart the Steelers traditionally sing “Sweet Caroline” between the third and fourth quarter of every game. All the Pitt fans know the song by heart, so come prepared to belt out the lyrics with the crowd when attending a game at Heinz Field.

    Where it began,
    I can’t begin to knowin’
    But then I know it’s growing strong

    Was in the spring
    And spring became the summer
    Who’d have believed you’d come along.

    Hands, touchin’ hands
    Reachin’ out, touchin’ me, touchin’ you

    Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    I’ve been inclined
    To believe they never would
    But now I…

    …look at the night
    And it don’t seem so lonely
    We fill it up with only two.

    And when I hurt,
    Hurtin’ runs off my shoulders
    How can I hurt when holding you?

    Warm, touchin’ warm
    Reachin’ out, touchin’ me, touchin’ you

    Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    I’ve been inclined,
    To believe they never would
    Oh, no, no

    Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    Sweet Caroline,
    I believe they never could
    Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    Sweet Caroline…

  5. Official University Yell

    Pitt is the only school with an official yell as part of the chorus in one of its fight songs. The yell is in the fight song Hail to Pitt and is a reference to W.A. Johnston’s Official University Yell. When attending a Pitt Panthers game bring your vocal chords as you’ll need them to take part in this unique game day tradition.

    Alleghenee, genack genack!

    Alleghenee, genack genack!

    Hoorah! Hoorah! Hoorah!

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