PITTSBURGH, PA (September 6, 2018) — While two traditional, in-state football rivals battle it out on the field Saturday night at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh Public Safety and several partner law enforcement agencies will work closely to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all fans attending the 99th contest between the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University.
The University of Pittsburgh issued the following statement regarding traffic and parking policies for the North Shore on Saturday:
The City of Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Department adds that law enforcement officials, in plainclothes and in uniform, will be present to enforce Director Wendell Hissrich’s zero-tolerance policy for disorderly conduct, fighting, public intoxication, underage drinking, or any type of violence.
“In 2016 when Pitt and Penn State last played in Pittsburgh, fans were courteous and well-behaved,” Hissrich said. “We hope and anticipate that they will replicate that good behavior this year.”
Pittsburgh Public Safety will work closely with Pitt Police, Heinz Field Security, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and others in law enforcement before, during and after the 8 p.m. kickoff.
Note: Officials urge fans inside the stadium not to rush the field at the end of the game — for the players’ safety, fans’ safety and law enforcement’s safety. Anyone who does will be arrested and prosecuted. In addition, Pitt Police will have enhanced patrols in Oakland and on campus.
Fortunately, the current heat wave is expected to break before game time. Temperatures are forecast to feel more autumn-like on Saturday with highs in the 60s. However, rain could be in the forecast.
Pittsburgh EMS and Fire, State Park Rangers and Mounted Units from the city and county will be present to assist with crowd control and ensure crowd safety.
The North Shore will be busy Saturday as the Pirates have a day game followed by the Pitt-PSU game. Public Safety urges all who attend to behave responsibly and courteously, no matter which team wins.