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  1. On ‎3‎/‎6‎/‎2019 at 12:11 PM, dpd926 said:

    Please post links to the various clubs parties during NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh (I will try to update this post as people post links)

    WEDNESDAY, March 20:
    The Kickoff Party, hosted by Jordan and Lauren Burroughs: 7:30 PM at Jay Verno Studios, South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, http://www.thekickoffparty.com/home
    Looks like DT, Snyder, Helen Maroulis will be there and it raises funds for local club(s)

    THURSDAY, March 21:
    Edinboro: 3-5:30pm, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center,
    Come meet and mingle with the Edinboro Wrestling Coaches - Matt Hill and Mike DePalma, Director of Athletics - Katherine Robbins, Olympic Gold Medalist – Bruce Baumgartner, former Edinboro wrestlers, friends, families, and supporters!
    Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will also be a cash bar.
    Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019

    FRIDAY, March 22:
    Lock Haven Alumni Association NCAA Social: 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM Double Tree by Hilton https://allevents.in/pittsburgh/loc...tling-social-at-2019-nationals/20003293395030

    Slippery Rock University Alumni NCAA Social: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Marriott City Center in the Three Rivers Room

    Clarion Wrestling NCAA Social: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Café Fifth

    Pittsburgh Wrestling Club NCAA Social: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Penn Society Club (below Ten Penny Restaurant), $35 per person (food and 1 drink ticket included), https://www.pittsburghwrestlingclub.com/2019-pwc-social

    WPIAL Wrestling Social: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Red Ring Bar and Grill, 1970s/80s WPIAL wrestlers, family and friends, open bar and complimentary appetizers with a $20 suggested donation (all proceeds to boys and Girls Club of Western PA).

    SATURDAY, March 23:
    Penn State Alumni Association NCAA Wrestling Championship Mixer: 3-5 p.m., March 23, @Bufords_5thAve, Free for @PennStateAlums members; $10 non-members, Registration required and non-transferrable. Limited space.
    Register ➡️ https://t.co/5jJYl5zHQO pic.twitter.com/WB9Z7cX38n

    Wrestlers In Business Network NCAA Social: 2:00-5:00 PM Pittsburgh Marriott City Center https://www.wrestlersinbusiness.org/events/wibn-national-social-ncaas

    Penn State Wrestling Club: Immediately following Awards ceremony https://www.pennstatewrestlingclub.org/ncaasocial/join.php (SOLD OUT)

    Cornell Wrestling NCAA Post-Tournament Reception 2019: 10:00 PM or immediately following Session VI, Buford's Kitchen - 1014 Fifth Avenue, $40 for each adult 21 and over, $20 for 20 and under (cost includes food and beverage in a Cornell party just steps from the Arena) https://alumni.cornell.edu/event/cornell-wrestling-ncaa-post-tournament-reception-2019/

    Old Dominion University will hold their Social Wednesday March 20  5:00-8:00pm  Embassy Suites  535 Smithfield St.  $40 at the door   Three Championship T-Shirts   Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres, Beer, Wine and Non-Alcohol drinks

  2. On ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 5:13 PM, PSUMike said:

    Sandwich shop...from where you're staying, there are 2 places that are supposed to be good but I've never been. One is North Shore Deli and the other Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe. 

    Sports bar would probably be Fat Heads in the Southside although I'd rather **** a light socket than go to the Southside on a weekend night. Not my kind of scene. 

    Steakhouse would be Meat and Potatoes in the Cultural District a.k.a. downtown, center city. They have a tomahawk for 2 that's excellent. I think it's 44oz with 2 sides, compound butter and bone marrow for around $75. I basically never order steak out as I can usually make it better with my sous vide and a cast iron but that's worth it. 

    My favorite pizza in the area is Aiello's in Squirrel Hill. Right next door is Mineo's. There is a big rivalry between the 2. Legend has it Mineo brought Aiello over from Italy to help him in his shop and then a few years later, Aiello went out on his own and started his own shop literally next door. Both sell by the slice so you could compare. Both excellent but Aiellos gets the nod from me. 

    Inside the arena will be typical arena food. Nothing to write home about. 


    The T runs from south of the city to the Northside and back. That's it. It wouldn't be advantageous for you to use it. Walking is probably is a little rough. Uber or your car would be my recommendation. Parking around the city isn't great but it's not awful either. There is on-street parking available in most neighborhoods. 


    The Southside can be a little sketchy at times. It's the hangout for all the college kids so it attracts some trash as well for easy pickings. On the main street running though (Carson), you'll be fine but going back into the slopes (where it sounds like you'll be staying) might be a touch risky. It's not something I'd definitively say is a bad idea especially if you'll be with a group. But one guy walking by himself at night in that part of town might attract a little attention. Ubers are plentiful and I seldom wait too long even in my neighborhood 20 minutes north of the city. Most bars will open for brunch around 10-11. Close at 2am by state law. 

    Also as a side note, the area immediately surrounding PPG Paints arena is fine but under no circumstances should you venture Northeast of there. The Hill District is an area I don't even like to drive through. Stay south of Fifth Avenue. 

    Great advice, Thanks!

  3. On ‎3‎/‎7‎/‎2019 at 3:14 AM, PSUMike said:

    Lived in greater Pittsburgh for almost 7 years now so I'll weigh in. 

    For the beer fans, I can happily weigh in on the local craft beer scene. 


    1. Brew Gentlemen, Braddock PA - one of the worst areas but some of the best hoppy beers you'll find. They also do other, less sexy styles quite well. Mr. Automatic is one of the best simple porters you'll find.

    2. Voodoo, Homestead, PA - also a sub-par area but they make fantastic stouts. Their hoppy stuff is hit or miss (some prominent QC issues in cans) but they are largely well above average. 

    3. Dancing Gnome, Sharpsburg, PA - they do hoppy beers relatively well but skip them for literally every other style. They have 7 taps and 5 will be IPAs or hopped up pales anyway. 

    Also worth considering are Yellow Bridge (Delmont), Grist House (Millvale), and Roundabout (Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh proper).

    For bars

    Fat Heads in the Southside and Independent in Squirrel Hill are both very worth the time.

    Food - skip Primanti's. It's a tourist trap that's not really that good. I can weigh in a lot further depending on style preference if anyone wishes. I'd very much recommend going to any Pamela's location for breakfast. They have the best pancakes I've had. 

    Within an easy travel distance - Best sandwich/sub shop?  Best sports bar?  Best steakhouse?  Best NY style pizza?  What about the food choices inside the arena? 

    I'm staying at the holiday inn north side, what travel mode would you recommend to and from the arena?  Uber/Lyft, walk, subway T?  Thanks in advance

  4. 1 hour ago, Fletcher said:

    What is Market Square? Is that like a pedestrian mall or something? Walkable from the PPG Arena?

    Any places worth eating at by Duquesne University? Is that even a real school?

    From what I've researched Market Square is .7 miles from the arena and it seems like a lot of different types of restaurants in a small area.  It is going away from where fan fest will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center though.

    Not sure if it will work but below is a link to the street view that you can look around



  5. Getting closer and closer to the National Championships in Pittsburgh.  I thought it would be nice have a thread that discussed all things Pittsburgh like Restaurants, Transportation, Stadium info, Casino, Fan Fest, Surrounding areas, etc. 

    If you have spent time in Pittsburgh and know the in's and out's feel free to let us know.  It seems there is a rail system.  I'm staying at the Holiday Inn North, the walk will only be a mile so not sure if riding the rail or uber/lyft is necessary.  I've listed below some of the restaurants that look interesting and seem to be easy to get to.


    Market Square area has Starbucks, Pizza place, Chipotle, Moe’s, CVS,  Dunkin Donuts,  Bagel shop, 

    http://winghartburgers.com/#hungry-custom-section-684   Wings and Burgers   Whiskey Bar      5 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

     https://www.dibellas.com/menu     Subs/Sandwiches       16 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

     https://primantibros.com/locations/market-square/           Subs/Sandwiches        2 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222



    http://www.bluebirdkitchen.com/                     Breakfast Spot       221 Forbes avenue Pittsburgh pa      around the corner from market square

    https://www.redbeardspgh.com/menu.php         Sports Bar        144 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    https://theyardpgh.com/market-square/           Pub   Comfort Food   Craft Beer  100 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  This restaurant might be in the arena? 

    http://mullensbarandgrill.com/          Sports Bar    200 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. 


    PPG Arena and surrounding area, lots of info    https://www.discovertheburgh.com/pittsburgh-penguins-hockey/


    Thanks in advance for any info provided.






  6. On ‎11‎/‎16‎/‎2018 at 10:10 AM, BuckeyeNutHead said:

    I may have 4 all-session tickets for sale in section 212 row K I'm trying to sell.  My crew backed out and I don't want to wait until the last minute.  What do you think a fair price for these tickets would be?

    I would definitely be interested in buying two tix.  I will send you a DM, Thanks

  7. I have been to 4 NCAAs (Phil. St. Louis; New York; Cleveland) and Cleveland was the first time I considered it a Seller's market. Think Pittsburgh is going just as bad if not worse. I plan on getting my tickets prior to the event, just not sure where, when or how much yet, lol. 

    Any idea what the scalper prices were for all sessions in Cleveland?

  8. Only if you're OK with upper deck seats.

    I thought like you a few years ago before I started going to these tournaments - wanted to buy tickets the easiest, most hassle-free way possible, and was even willing to pay a significant premium to avoid the circus of scalpers and online brokers.

    Unfortunately, I've learned that it's not a fan-friendly system. If you want anything other than nosebleeds, your options are: (i) have an "in" - i.e. know someone at a program who will sell to you from the team's allotment; (ii) pay a boatload to an online broker; or (iii) look for the scalpers the day of the event.

    Thanks.  I went to Philly and NY, was in the second deck and didn't mind it.  I have a couple decent connections with two schools in my state and already have the word out.  Thanks again

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