Pitt stadium was OLD. Location was good, right on top of the hill above the University.
I think it dated back to the 1920s or so, when football stadium construction involved digging a bowl out of the ground and
piling the dirt up on the sides to create an embankment that gavve a contour for the stands.
Before three Rivers Stadium opened in 1970, I actually attended Steelers games at Pitt Stadium.
I thought it was OLD back then !!!
Yeah, depending on the weather and the schedulethere will be games where the students are otherwise occupied,
or don't go in droves over to Heinz Field. But over the last 20 years, the school dumped a lot of money into other athletics facilities closer to campus,
and decided to lease Heinz Field for 6 home games per year.
A lot of other urban schools faced the same question.
Temple rents the Linc.
Cincy decided to upgrade their 28,000 seat on-campus stadium rather than move games to paul Brown (rather far away).
Minnesota built a very nice new stadum, but perhaps could have saved a lot of money, if they would've co-ordinated with the Vikings.
USF uses the Buccaneers stadium.
UCF built a new stadium
Miami had to tear down the dillapidated orange Bowl in Coral Gables. Are they still playing in the Dolphins stadium ?
Ideally you have a beautiful stadium on campus, that the kids can walk to.
But when these cost tens / hundreds of $$ millions, the athletic department has to consider their budget.
Sure was. Pitt Stadium hosted wonderful classic games as well, like some of them leading to runs for a national title in the 70's, to even the big upset against Miami in 1997.
Anyways, why not the university try to invest on having a new stadium right on some empty area within the campus, and name its field after a famous Pitt player or alumnus like Dan Marino or Larry Fitzgerald or such?
Anyways, those other schools from big cities should all have on-campus stadiums:
a.) In Philadelphia, Temple is in the Linc. (where the Eagles play) because the school hasn't yet made any plans on investing to build a new on-campus stadium.
b.) For Cincinnati, I think it's best to expand its on-campus stadium to almost 40,000. Who knows if they'll be next in line to join a P5 conference?
c.) True. But Minnesota chose to build a new on-campus stadium over sharing with the Vikings
d.) USF is in the Bucs' stadium, yes. But I think that they should have an on-campus stadium of their own someday.
e.) UCF did very well to build a stadium within its campus. A plus for them, even if holds 45,000 seats.
f.) Miami should have NOT demolish the Orange Bowl, where it had a rich history in games for pro and college alike, especially for the Hurricanes. It could have been rescued with investments on re-modifications OR demolish most of the stadium and make renewal investments in a contemporaneous (present-day) manner, while showing tradition. For me, hope that the Canes playing at Sun Life Stadium is temporary.
And look at Louisville's horseshoe stadium. About 55,000 seats. Could be expand upto 70,000 if they please, now that the Cards are in a P5 conference like the ACC, and having some consistent success recently.