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Top Budget Tips For Heinz Field

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Some Steelers fans may not need tips on saving money at Heinz Field…

Indeed, Pittsburgh Steelers ticket prices have been quite reasonable over the last 4 years…

With an average face value price of $85.66 (16th highest), that could be the case --

If you’re a season ticket holder.

And if you’re not? Well, here are some of the costs you face:

  • $1079 - real cost index for 2015¹ (9th-highest)

  • $286 - average initial resale ticket price for 2013-2016² (8th)

  • $114 - cheapest average resale cost for parking (9th)

Scary, no? Especially when you consider that the monthly median household income of $4160¹ (2015) in Pittsburgh ranked 25th among the 31 NFL cities.

How to save money at Heinz Field

Steelers tickets for less.   As you can see, Steelers home games can be pricey. But if you’re willing to wait until the last minute, you can lop nearly one-third off the going cost. According to SeatGeek, over the past five years fans who purchased Pittsburgh Steelers tickets the week of the game saved 32% compared to those who bought tickets a month or more out from the game.

It also pays to comparison shop, as you can save $13 bucks per ticket on the get-in price for the Steelers 2017 home opener:

Coast To
$162 $158 $160 $161 $180 $159 $179 $170 $153 $161 $156

Cheap food. At Buckhead Saloon you can get a 1/2-lb burger for $9.95, or a generous-sized hoagie, brisket, or Reuben sandwich for $12.95. Why Buckhead Saloon, you ask? It’s located down the block from the Station Square East garage, where it’ll cost you just $10 to park you car. From there, you can ride the T line shuttle to the stadium for free.

Since you're allowed to bring your own food to the game, stop by one of the nearby Primanti Bros. nearby where you can get one of their iconic sandwiches for less than the price of nachos or popcorn at the stadium. While there is a Primanti Bros. inside the stadium, but it doesn’t offer the promotions & discounts that the outside locations do.

Cheap beer. Buckhead Saloon offers daily drink specials, most notably to NFL fans is the $10 bottomless Mimosas and $3 domestic draft beers on Sundays.

Or, for $21 ($15 round-trip fare + $6 parking at the 24 St. garage) - which is about half the face value cost of a stadium parking pass - you can take the Pittsburgh Water Limo, where the beer is $3 and cocktails or wine is $6.

Tailgate Sailgate. For $85, you can join a “sailgate” party aboard a luxury yacht. What do you get?

  • Beer/wine,
  • All you can eat buffet,
  • A short scenic cruise,
  • Bar with flat-screen TVs, aaaand…
  • An autograph & photo opportunity with a Steeler legend.

This is really not a bad deal, especially when you consider that you can easily spend just as much or more, hosting your own medium size tailgate party.

Offsite parking. There are over 20,000 additional parking spaces provided by the parking authority garages throughout downtown Pittsburgh. With all of these spaces, you’d think that you wouldn’t have to pay a ridiculous amount for a parking pass online, right?

How to save money on Heinz Field parking...

Here are 15 much, much cheaper options for a Heinz Field parking pass.

Bargain hotels.   According to this article, the average daily hotel rate in Pittsburgh is $159 and falling.

And yet, prices for hotels near Heinz Field are going for waaay more than that - the average rate for 4 of the hotels nearest to the stadium is $416.50*.

Hotels near Heinz Field Pittsburgh PA Avg. rate* Avg. rating**
Comfort Inn & Suites, 1100 Banksville Rd $115 90
DoubleTree by Hilton, 500 Mansfield Ave $116 83
Quality Inn, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies $149 72
Wyndham Pittsburgh, 100 Lytton Ave $151 80
Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh, 401 Holiday Dr $174 84
Residence Inn, 574 W Gen. Robinson St $328 92
Allegheny Inn, 1010 Cedar Ave $349 98
Fairmont Pittsburgh, 410 Market St $390 95
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh, 260 N Shore Dr $599 86
* Rates are the average from 3 sites for a 1-night stay (12/10 - 12/11/2017).
**Ratings are based upon cumulative scores from at least 3 of 4 sites (Expedia,,, & Kayak) - a 3 (out of 5) rating on Expedia = 60, 7 (out of 10) rating on = 70.

As you can see, the pricier hotels are very highly rated, and they’re also closer to the stadium (all are within 1.3 miles). But with a cumulative rating of 82, the bargain spots aren’t too shabby either, and are not that much further (all are within 5 miles); they’re also about one-third the cost.

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