Pitt athletic events at full capacity, but masks required inside

As Pitt’s fall sports — men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball — get into full swing, there are some changes in the rules and concessions at on-campus venues in Oakland. But capacities at home athletic events are not being limited.

Beginning immediately, in coordination with Chartwells, the concessions stands at the Fitzgerald Field House and Petersen Sports Complex will begin selling beer, hard seltzer and wine during Pitt Athletics events. Alcohol has not been available at these venues before, but has been sold at the Petersen Events Center.

A portion of the funds from alcohol sales will be dedicated to drug and alcohol education programs for the overall student body through Student Affairs.
Pitt is also instituting a clear bag policy for all venues this season. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag into the athletic venues:  

  • Clear tote (plastic, vinyl or PVC) that does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches

  • Small clutch purse, approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap. No larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the gate . Diaper bags also will be permitted. Additional details on the clear bag policy are available at www.PittsburghPanthers.com/allclear.

Like everywhere else on campus, masks will be required at any indoor spaces, including restrooms, locker rooms, press boxes, operational booths, etc., regardless of vaccination status.

At outdoor venues, no face coverings are currently required for vaccinated fans, except for in restrooms. Unvaccinated fans are asked to wear masks, but fans will not be asked to disclose vaccination status upon entry.

The next home games for these three fall sports are:

Men’s soccer: 7 p.m. Sept. 10 vs. University of North Carolina

Women’s soccer: 1 p.m. Sept. 12 vs. Towson

Women’s volleyball: Panther Challenge tournament continues 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11

Heinz Field, where Pitt’s football team plays its home games, has its own rules, including requiring face masks in all indoor spaces. The Panthers next home game is at noon Sept. 18 against Western Michigan.

— Susan Jones


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