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Year Opened: 2001 | Field Surface: Natural Grass
After playing at Pitt Stadium on the school's campus in Oakland from 1929 to 1999, Pittsburgh in 2001 played its first game at Heinz Field, which also is home to the NFL's Steelers. The Panthers played at Three Rivers Stadium in 2000, when Heinz was being built.
In addition to the Panthers and Steelers, Heinz Field, located on Pittsburgh's North Shore, has hosted numerous other sporting events, including the 2011 NHL Winter Classic.
Taking a page from the Steelers, when Pitt's offense moves inside the opponent's 20-yard line two large, motorized replica Heinz ketchup bottles tilt over and "pour" their contents onto a big screen, signaling that the team is in the "red zone."
The Coca-Cola Great Hall is on the ground level of Heinz Field and features Panthers and Steelers memorabilia. Five dozen murals of high schools that have won Western Pennsylvania and city league championships are displayed throughout the stadium.
Pitt was the first known team to use numbers on their players' uniforms, starting in 1908. The Panthers also participated in the first live radio broadcast of a college football game, on Oct. 8, 1921, against West Virginia.
More than 20 representations of panthers can be found on the Pitt campus. The costumed Panther is nicknamed "Roc" after Steve Petro, a former player, coach and athletic administrator and the "Rock" of Pittsburgh who was associated with the athletic program for more than 50 years.
The Varsity Walk is a walkway between the 42-story Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Memorial Chapel. Along its path are carved the names of former Pitt athletes who have promoted the university through their athletic and academic achievements.
Pitt fraternities and sororities started the tradition of forming a tunnel for the players to run through as they enter the field. Now other student organizations also form the tunnel.
The customary white upper section of the Cathedral of Learning is illuminated gold after each victory.
Sources: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers.
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