Last season, Damon and I were blessed to be able to check, yet another thing off of our “Basket List”, and spent a long weekend in Pittsburgh to go see our Steelers play our rivals, the Baltimore Ravens. I say basket instead of bucket because “Bucket List” feels like you are on your way out. A basket feels lighter, and as if you are just gathering things. So there is my logic.
We did our usual Food Network restaurant search and started our trip off at Primanti Brothers. Look at this sammich! It was ah-ight, but it was a bit too much for me. Damon handled it though!
After getting Fat Full, we checked into our room, and went on to planning our next moves.
The Duquesne Incline is apparently a “Must Do”, when visiting, so we literally, took the plunge. After this little adventure, we found the South Side area, parked, and took a little stroll to see all of the sites. After a little shopping for local Steeler gear, we picked a cute little Thai spot called Papaya Thai Cuisine for dinner, and were done for the evening. Traveling will wear you out! Day 1 is always rough for me.
We were told by some locals that there is an awesome downtown market spot were the fans get pumped up on game day, so of course, we had to get there. There were so many people on the streets, decked out in everything Steelers. There was one poor soul that was head to toe Baltimore, and I truly feared for this guy’s life.
“Dear Heavenly Father. I pray that that young man made it out of Downtown Pittsburgh intact. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Those folks don’t play! I guess that is how these local Cowboy fans look at us here in Dallas. LOL!
The lady at the hotel front desk told us that if we were down in the Heinz Field area at least 4 hours prior to the game, we could park for FREE at the casino. I am so grateful to her for that, because it cost $85 to park! Do you know how much stuff I could buy for $85??? Crazy, right? We had no problem finding stuff to do beforehand. Casino, here we come!
Heinz Field is smack dab in the middle of Downtown Pittsburgh! You are literally on the street. They have all kinds of attractions surrounding the field, and even if you do not have a ticket for the game, you can feel like part of the action. There is a courtyard with both an indoor and an outdoor screen to watch the game, not to mention food and beer trucks up and down the strip. They even have fire pits and Corn Hole stations spread about the outside part, with restrooms and everything! A true fans dream come true, huh? Tailgating at its finest.
It was soooo cold out there, but it was all worth it. Especially since I got to enjoy it with my Boo. We barely pulled out the win, but we did it! I can honestly say that I got to go see my team in my team’s field, and had a blast.
Football season gives me all the feels…Especially when I get to talk trash!
Who do you root for? Have you gotten to experience them on their home turf?