If you’re a sports fan, you probably don’t need any convincing to consider Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won more Super Bowl titles (six) than any other team in the National Football League, most recently in 2009. Its fanbase is widespread and visible, with unofficial clubs and “Steelers” bars in countless other U.S. and international cities. (While sportscasters like to say our fans “travel well,” those Terrible Towels are usually waved by the families and offspring of those who dispersed with the industrial downturn of the 1980s.) Home games – now played at Heinz Field on the North Shore (or North Side) – have sold out consistently since 1972 and have featured the talents of greats such as Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, “Mean” Joe Green, Jack Lambert and current stars Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have qualified for four Stanley Cup Finals, winning three in 1991, 1992, and 2009. Founded in 1967 in the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, also known to Pittsburgh fans as "The Igloo", the team has now played in their new home, Consol Energy Center, since 2010. The location of both is Uptown, between downtown Pittsburgh and the storied Hill District. Penguins fans have been blessed by the hockey gods to watch some of the greatest players in NHL history including Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis, Kevin Stevens, Joe Mullen, Paul Coffey and Tom Barrasso. The Penguins current roster claims arguably three of the best in the league in Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.
Despite their current streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball with 9 NLCS titles and 5 World Series championships with such greats as Honus Wagner, Pie Traynor, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski. Despite the Bucs’ recent woes, the team currently plays in what is considered by many the finest ballpark in the country, PNC Park, which affords Pittsburgher’s many summer evenings enjoying America’s pastime with friends and family. The Pirates performed above expectations in 2012 and are currently in contention to make the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
The region also has a wealth of NCAA sports teams from the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and Robert Morris University.
The Consol Energy Center frequently hosts special events, most recently the NCAA Basketball tournament and NCAA Hockey Frozen Four.