For the Sports Planner

There are many reasons to bring your sports event to Pittsburgh. But, we have our favorites.

Reasons to Compete in Pittsburgh

Iconic Sports Experiences

SportsPITTSBURGH knows firsthand how to host championship-caliber events all while creating Iconic Experiences for athletes, coaches and fans that are guaranteed to be memorable for years to come. From professional and amateur to high school and youth sports, there’s never been a better time to hoist a trophy in the City of Champions.

THE Sports City

The City of Champions knows sports, and local pride shines bright. Home to the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates, Pittsburgh is a city that bleeds black and gold. The community rallies around sporting events big and small.

Unique Sports Facilities & World-Class Venues

From the LEED® Platinum-Certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which has hosted 500 teams on 36 basketball courts, to PPG Paints Arena, which features a versatile floorspace good for everything from wrestling to volleyball and hockey, the Pittsburgh region is well equipped to support a multitude of sports events. With many major universities in the city, too, collegiate-level facilities are available in several Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

PNC Park and Heinz Field, the acclaimed homes of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively, provide awe-inspiring atmospheres and breathtaking views of the city skyline from Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Highmark Stadium, home to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team, sits along the Monongahela River and boasts its own unbeatable cityscape view.

Easy Travel

Pittsburgh is conveniently located within 500 miles of nearly half the U.S. population, within a 90-minute flight of nearly half of North America’s population and within a six-hour car or train ride from 10 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. 

Travelers arriving by plane will enjoy the first-class service and impeccable facilities of the Pittsburgh International Airport, named 2017 Airport of the Year by Air Transport World Magazine.

Experienced, Cooperative Sports Community 

Pittsburgh’s sports community makes for a great team. From venues to host universities to hotels and restaurants, pride runs deep, and there is a unified desire to showcase all the city has to offer. 

Sports Gems

Learn about the region’s sports history at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Mix science and sports at Highmark SportsWorks at the Carnegie Science Center. Remember the legacy of Pirates great Roberto Clemente at The Clemente Museum. And, tour the many professional sports venues.

Outdoor Activities & Walkability

Pittsburgh boasts 24 miles of walking and biking trails that connect Downtown to a variety of other neighborhoods. Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle along the three rivers – the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio – for a stunning view of the city skyline.

A unique mix of culture, shopping and outstanding restaurants are nestled within Downtown Pittsburgh’s 14 square-blocks. There are endless opportunities just a short walk or “T” subway ride from Downtown hotels, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and professional sports venues.