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What felt like the longest offseason ever for Panther fans finally ended on Saturday afternoon’s game against UMass.

Pitt fans revel in return to Heinz Field

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer September 7, 2021
Pitt fans felt an extra jolt of energy from Saturday’s crowd at Heinz Field. After their extended absence, the crowd let loose in the parking lots and stands as the football team trounced UMass.
Heinz Field will open fully to spectators for the first time since 2019 at this Saturday’s football game against UMass.

What to expect at Heinz Field for Pitt football’s 2021 opener

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor August 31, 2021
Because of the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pitt played most of its home schedule last year in front of sparsely populated or wholly empty stands. But that will change on Saturday afternoon, when the home of the Panthers opens itself fully to spectators for the first time since 2019.
Pitt football hosted fans at Heinz Field for the first time in almost a year during its Oct. 24, 2020 game against Notre Dame.

Pitt to host fall sports on campus without attendance restrictions

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer August 12, 2021
Pitt athletics is hoping to take a big step back towards pre-pandemic operations this fall. According to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday afternoon, Pitt plans on open on-campus venues to full capacity for fall sports this year, with some regulations for spectators still in place.
Members of the “Pitt Twitter” community gather to tailgate outside of Heinz Field before a Pitt football game in 2019.

Panthers fans share drinking traditions before games at Heinz Field

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer March 23, 2021
Football, tailgating and alcohol — a trio that never separates for many Pitt fans. Three fans spoke with The Pitt News to share some of their favorite drinking and tailgating traditions on Panther gamedays at Heinz Field.
The Bidens at the Heinz Field rally on Monday evening.

Biden makes closing pitch to voters at North Side rally

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor November 3, 2020
Lady Gaga used her singing voice — and a rendition of her song “You and I” — to campaign for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at a Monday evening rally.
Pitt hosted fans for the first time since Nov. 2019 on Saturday.

Pitt fans in attendance at Heinz Field for first time since 2019

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor October 24, 2020
Pitt hosted fans for the first time since Nov. 2019 on Saturday. The Pitt News spoke with some attendees about how the limited crowd felt.
Pitt announced Thursday that it would allow fans to return to Heinz Field to watch the football team’s two remaining home games.

Editorial | Allowing students to attend football games is too risky

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 18, 2020
Fans should not be allowed back inside Heinz Field, as there is no foolproof way to stop people from congregating inside the stadium or to ensure that all precautions are followed.
Pitt planning Heinz Field return as governor announces looser gathering restrictions

Pitt planning Heinz Field return as governor announces looser gathering restrictions

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor October 6, 2020
Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announced looser restrictions for large gatherings this afternoon, paving the way for Pitt fans to return to Heinz Field. The Panthers say they are working on attendance plans, and will announce them “very soon.”

VIDEO: ‘Roll’ with the Panthers Gameday Recap: vs UNC 11/14/19

November 17, 2019

Watch the highlights from University of Pittsburgh's 34-27 win over UNC on 11/14/19 at home.

The Panthers say they are working on attendance plans, and will announce them “very soon.”

Pitt, Heinz Field ahead of the curve on alcohol policies

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer April 10, 2019
While some consider it unsavory, administrators recognize the financial and safety benefits of selling alcohol at sporting events. And whenever Pitt fans find themselves bitter about the trek to Heinz Field, they can be grateful that their quest for a cold beer won’t be as taxing
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