The Steelers certainly endured some drama last year. First with Le’Veon Bell sitting out the year, then Antonio Brown airing his grievances in public. With all of the issues, the Steelers were held out of the Playoffs for the first time in six years. Can they rebound this year without two of their star players?
Here’s a look at their 2019 schedule and other games that you might be able to catch if you’re planning on catching them live this year.
2019 Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule
Opening Weekend in New England offers plenty of options. For College Football, Illinois is at UConn, Southern Illinois visits UMass and Richmond takes on BC in Chestnut Hill. But more importantly, the Red Sox host the Yankees in a Friday-Monday series. Fans in this area will have to make a tough call with both the Sox and Pats starting at 8:00pm and 8:25 respectively.
Seattle comes to town on Sunday, but start your weekend with some College Football down in Morgantown or over in State College. My suggestion? Head down to West Virginia to see the Mountaineers host NC State. Then head back to Pittsburgh to settle in to watch (on TV) what will likely be a night game with Penn State hosting Pitt in the final game of their 4-game series.
Why not start the weekend on Friday night with the A’s hosting the Rangers in some late-season MLB action. On Saturday, head over to Palo Alto to take in Oregon at Stanford. Then finish the weekend in Santa Clara with the Steelers taking on the 9ers.
Here’s a great weekend of sports for either Pittsburgh or Cincinnati fans! Start off on Friday with the Reds vs Pirates at PNC Field, one of my favorite MLB parks. On Saturday, college football comes to Heinz when Delaware visits Pitt. If you’re lucky with times, you might be able to make it a double-header with the Red playing the Pirates again Saturday night. On Sunday, stick around for the 3pm start of the series finale against the Reds. Then, get ready for some Monday Night Football with this AFC North rivalry. In between, be sure to hit the Primanti’s or Pamela G’s in the Strip District for local eats – and don’t forget the IC Light (or Yuengling) for the tailgating.
Down in Morgantown, West Virginia takes on B12 foe Texas. If you’re up for the drive, head to Happy Valley for Homecoming weekend to see the Lions take on the Boilermakers. You can even stay local and see the Pens as they host the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Start the weekend with some hockey! The Preds are in town against the Kings on Saturday night. In normal cities, you’d be able to make this a double-header with the Rams hosting the 49ers at the Coliseum at 4:05 start, but with LA traffic, you might have to just take in the Chargers and Steelers in the cozy confines of an MLS soccer stadium. The 12 miles between the two stadiums will probably take hours on gameday.
Oct. 20 BYE
The Steelers have a ton of time to recover after the Bye and playing another Monday Night game. On Saturday, check out the Miami Hurricanes at Pitt, then spend the day touring the Steel City on Sunday.
The Pens are in town Saturday afternoon against Edmonton then the Colts and Steelers play Sunday at 1pm.
A late Sunday afternoon kickoff against the Rams will give you plenty of time to head back from Morgantown after catching the Mountaineers and Texas Tech. If you want to catch some hockey, the Pens take on the Black Hawks Saturday night.
Oddly enough, there are three Thursday night games in the area this week. The UB Bulls visit Kent State, the Heat visit the Cavs and the Steelers visit Baker Mayfield and OBJ. Clearly, the choice here is for the NFL. While you’re in Cleveland, you have to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame right next door to the stadium.
Catch the Temple Owls at the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday before the Bengals and Steelers game on Sunday. I don’t know about you, but I still haven’t built up the guts to try 5-way Cincinnati Chili.
There are two games in Heinz this weekend with BC coming to town against the Panthers on Saturday, then Baker’s Boys come to town after playing each other just two short weeks ago.
The Valley of Sun is home to a ton of Pittsburgh transplants so I would imagine a huge crowd for this one. Extend your weekend with the Wolves visiting the Suns on Monday night and then the Flames at Coyotes Tuesday night. Bring your sticks and get in a round or two at one of the spectacular courses in the valley – like my personal favorite, We-Ko-Pa.
The Bills Mafia will invade Heinz Field – and if they’re in the hunt for a playoff spot, expect to see a sea of Red, White and Blue! Wouldn’t it be great if the NHL scheduled a Sabres vs Pens game Saturday night? Not this year. Instead, you can still catch then Pens on Saturday night against the Kings.
With the season winding down, will Le’Veon Bell have an impact on the Steelers playoff hopes? Over in New York, the Bucks visit the Knicks on Saturday night or the Wizards come to town on Monday.
Ending the year away at bitter rival, Baltimore. With any luck, the Steelers will have a playoff spot secured AND they’ll be able to destroy any hope of the Ravens making it. Head down to DC to see the Wizards take on the Knicks on Saturday night or the Heat on Monday. Another option is the Friday afternoon Military Bowl in Annapolis with the ACC/Notre Dame vs the American Conference.
If I had one trip, it would be at home for the Cincinnati game. Where will you be wandering?
Stop wondering. Start Wandering!