Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival

100 Art Rooney Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

History of the Event:

The Kickoff and Rib festival was started in 1990 at Three Rivers Stadium. Much like today's event, it featured concerts by national artists, national rib vendors, games, rides and more. The event was set around the circular perimeter of Three Rivers Stadium with the main entrance at the foot of the Gate A ramp. After the closing of Three Rivers Stadium, Heinz Field continued the tradition of hosting the Kickoff and Rib Festival. The event started in a parking lot adjacent to Heinz Field and then grew onto Art Rooney Avenue and now encompasses over half of Heinz Field. The "midway" is set up along Art Rooney Avenue filled with rib vendors, festival foods and beverages, games, rides and more. The FedEx Great Hall of Heinz Field is open for fans to view the team's Super Bowl trophies, Hall of Fame Museum, Steelers memorabilia, the new Terrible Towel Wall and more.

The South Plaza of Heinz Field is open offering a breathtaking view of the city on one end and an up-close view of the playing field at Heinz Field on the other!

Concerts are staged on the south plaza outside of Gate A and are free to the public to enjoy.

On Monday, September 5th of the event, the annual Steelers 5k Run and Walk is hosted around Heinz Field and the surrounding streets to start the event day and is hosted by Steelers legends. Heinz Field will host free Youth Training Camps for kids on Monday of the event. The camps offer kids a once-in-a-lifetime chance to not only step onto the field at Heinz Field but also test their football skills with professional football greats.

Western Pennsylvania is rich in football history and the annual Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival celebrates the kickoff of the regions favorite tradition

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