Attendance expected to reach more than 100,000 for this highly-anticipated event
PITTSBURGH – Today, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Dan Gilman, chief of staff to Mayor Peduto, and representatives from the NCAA, PPG Paints Arena, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the University of Pittsburgh and SportsPITTSBURGH held a press conference to welcome the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships to Pittsburgh. The Championships will be held Thursday through Saturday at PPG Paints Arena, and Fan Fest activities will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center throughout the event. The University of Pittsburgh is the host institution and PPG Paints Arena is the host venue.
Attendance for this highly-anticipated event will reach more than 100,000, with eighty percent of fans coming in from out of town. The Pittsburgh area is widely known for its wrestling fan base, with more than 35 USA Wrestling sanctioned clubs, 474 high school teams and more than 16,000 wrestling athletes in the Western Pennsylvania region. Pittsburgh last hosted this event in 1957.
This is the first Division I event of the 22 events awarded to Pittsburgh in 2017. The Division I Wrestling Championships is annually the third largest NCAA event, and it will bring 330 student-athletes to compete in the City of Champions.
“We are excited to welcome NCAA Division I Wrestling and these elite student-athletes to Pittsburgh,” said Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of SportsPITTSBURGH. “This is an event wrestling fans across the country look forward to all year long, and we expect a great turnout at both the Championships and Fan Fest. We’ve exceeded the NCAA’s high expectations at recent DII and DIII NCAA events, and we’re confident we will continue that tradition with this event.”
Fan Fest will be free for fans with or without a ticket to the championship events. Fan Fest activities include memorabilia shows, autograph sessions, USA Wrestling practice and an impressive women’s age-group dual featuring USA Wrestling and Wyoming Seminary teams.
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald welcomed the NCAA on behalf of Allegheny County and proclaimed March 21-23, 2019 as NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championships Days in Allegheny County.
The Office of Mayor Bill Peduto also proclaimed March 21, 2019, NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championships Day.
Pittsburghers can welcome these student-athletes on social media by posting messages and liking/re-tweeting SportsPITTSBURGH’s posts using these hashtags: #NCAAWrestling and #LovePGH. Go to www.SportsPITTSBURGH.com for details on each event, including ticket information, locations, times and dates.
As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events while providing planners and local stakeholders with the expertise and professionalism required to host a world-class event in the Pittsburgh region.