Pitt Football Continues Working To Build College Atmosphere At Off-Campus Heinz Field
Pitt moved its football games to Heinz Field in '01, but the school still is "trying to sculpt an unmistakably collegiate atmosphere" for the contests, according to Craig Meyer of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Creating that atmosphere has been Pitt's "biggest obstacle" in the "challenges of an occasionally awkward marriage" with Heinz Field. In July, Pitt announced a seven-year partnership with Tailgate Guys, one of 10 schools to "partner with the company." At Pitt home games this year, the school will have a "designated area on the Great Lawn" for fans to "utilize Tailgate Guys’ offerings, which can accommodate groups ranging from 10 to 60 people." Meanwhile, Pitt last week announced "additional game-day measures, a list that includes new banners and branding, a new 5,000-square-foot scoreboard, new concession offerings and, maybe most notably, moving the playing of ‘Sweet Caroline’ from between the third and fourth quarter to various points during the game" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 8/27).