Panther fans have a lot of pride in their team, but they are also very welcoming and friendly. If you’re a visiting fan you may receive a bit of light heckling, but nothing more intense than some good natured ribbing. If you like a fun relaxed tailgating atmosphere come on out to a Pitt Panthers game and don’t forget to bring some Yuengling.
The Panthers Prowl offers fans the chance to rub shoulders with the team before the match. This walk is accompanied by the band playing the Pitt fight song outside Heinz Field as the team makes it way to the locker room. The Prowl takes place before kickoff and culminates at Heinz Field Gate A, so make sure to get to the stadium early if you want to give the Panthers some last minute inspiration.
You’ll have an excellent time throwing back some brews and celebrating a Panthers gameday at a Pitt tailgate.
Before every athletic event at the University of Pittsburgh fans rub the nose of the Millennium Panther statue to bring the team good luck. The Millennium Panther is located right outside the William Pitt Union, so make your way to the statute before the game to give the Panthers that extra bit of luck.
Where to tailgate
The Great LawnThe Great Lawn is where Pitt students tailgate and is located outside of Gate A at Heinz Field. Here you’ll find games, live DJs, performances by the band and cheer team, and more. Stop by the Great Lawn, if you want to let loose and tailgate with your fellow Pitt students.
Gravel Lot, Gold Lot, and Blue LotThe Gold Lot is the closest to the stadium and most expensive, so you’ll have a quick walk to the stadium but won’t find as many students tailgating here as other lots. The Blue Lot and Gravel Lot are less expensive, and home to some of the most diehard Panthers fans out there. No matter where you decide to tailgate, though, you’ll have a great time setting up shop in the parking lots surrounding Heinz Field.