Sports and Recreation

From the yellow bridges that crisscross the Alleghany, Ohio, and Monongahela Rivers, of a city built from the blackest coal, Pittsburgh bleeds black and yellow. Pittsburgh celebrates its rivers in two annual river-based events: Head of the Ohio (HOTO) and the Three Rivers Regatta. The HOTO is held each fall and is among one of the largest in the nation, with more than 2,000 college and high-school rowers participating. The Three Rivers Regatta is held each year on the Fourth of July weekend. It is a motorboat race and festival that brings entertainment, vendors, watersports, and, of course, fireworks! Pittsburgh is also home to three major-league professional sports teams: Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB), Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), and the Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL).

The Pittsburgh Pirates are five-time World Series Champions, representing the central division of the National Baseball League. PNC Park is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. PNC Park is often credited as being one of the best parks in baseball, largely due to its simplistic design featuring the Pittsburgh skyline. Pittsburgh football fans are known for their intense support of the home team, the same support is evident in baseball.

Hockey is alive and well in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. After winning the Stanley Cup three times, in 2011, the Pittsburgh Penguins began playing at the brand-new Consol Energy Center. The Center was widely regarded as one of the best arenas in the world, gaining distinction of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified in the NHL or AFL. Upon its opening, it was also deemed as "Best New Major Concert Venue" and best NHL arena.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are an annual contender for Superbowl Champions. Located along the banks of the Ohio River, the team's home turf of Heinz Field is one of the most fiercely protected fields in football. Named after locally-based H.J. Heinz Company and opened in 2001, all 65,000 seats have sold out for each NFL game since opening. Heinz Field also acts as home field for the University of Pittsburgh's football team. A warning to all visitors, particularly those from nearby rival, Baltimore, MD: Pittsburgh loves its Steelers. An innocent drive through Pittsburgh's North Shore, where the stadium is located, may cause you to be the victim of many dirty looks. If attending a Steelers' game, be ready to defend yourself and your team, or arrive via the convenient (and unmarked) light-rail and dress in black or yellow.