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Spring and Summer Full of Professional, Collegiate and High School Sports Events in Pittsburgh

Published: 04/22/2016

PITTSBURGH – Officers of VisitPITTSBURGH and its sports development department, SportsPITTSBURGH, today released an extensive list of confirmed sports events that will be hosted in the Pittsburgh area this spring and summer. While the U.S. Open returning to Oakmont Country Club (June 13-19) for the 9th time, the 5th annual DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon (April 29 – May 1), and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (July 3-17) returning for the 33rd straight year are among the most recognizable events, many others are also coming back to the city this year.  Included in this group are the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest (April 22-24), the 2016 East Coast Volleyball Championships (May 28-30), and the USA BMX Steel City Nationals (August 12-14).

"We are delighted that Pittsburgh will be hosting such a variety of exciting sports events this summer," said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH.  "There will be something for everybody, including races on foot, bikes, water, and tires; extremely competitive basketball, rugby and volleyball tournaments; and Pittsburgh's first Pickleball Classic.  Of course, having the U.S. Open return to Oakmont for the ninth time will be a highlight with all of the national and international media exposure that the Open brings with it.  All of these events, which feature professional, collegiate, high school or grade school athletes, demonstrate how our community and businesses work together to host large events and why Pittsburgh is a major destination for both professional and amateur sport events."

Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of sports development for VisitPITTSBURGH, cites the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest, which will host more than 420 AAU basketball teams, as an example of how SportsPITTSBURGH worked with a client and community to ensure that a group returned another year.  "In the past, the tournament was played at various high school gyms in the Pittsburgh area, which made it difficult for players, parents, and the many major college coaches who came to scout to get from one game to another," said Hawkins.  "Hoop Group's goal was to host as many of the games as possible in one location or it would have to look at another city to hold the event.  So this year after working closely with the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, most of the games will be played on 24 courts in the convention center, and we now have a multiple-year contract to host this event.  If you like basketball, this will be the place to be."

Hawkins said large sports events benefit Pittsburgh, its residents, and its communities in many ways.  "Communities and our residents benefit from volunteer opportunities, direct spending to neighborhood businesses, increased awareness of social issues through sponsorships, having a platform for community organizations to tell their stories, and, sometimes, through improvements to local sports facilities," she said.  "South Park now has a world-class BMX Track in part due to hosting the USA BMX Steel City Nationals for the past 30 years.  Sometimes, though, the benefit is as simple as the opportunity to show pride in their neighborhoods.  Have you seen how much excitement there is in our Pittsburgh neighborhoods that are located on the Marathon route?"

There will be even more excitement in future years.  In 2015, VisitPITTSBURGH's Sports Development team booked 52 events for 2016 and beyond that will contribute more than $49.4 million to the local economy.

2016 Confirmed Pittsburgh Sports Events
(Additional sports events for 2016 are being confirmed.  For updates to this list throughout the year, go to

Pennsylvania State Open Bowling Championships – Each weekend from April 2- June 12

  • The 77th annual event will take place at the North Versailles Bowling Center in North Versailles and the Wildlife Lanes Bowling Center in Lower Burrell.
  • This event will bring in more than 15,000 participants over the duration of the championships.

Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest – April 22-24

  • For the first time ever, this annual event will be hosted at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with more than 420 teams competing on 24 courts.
  • This is an NCAA-sanctioned event, taking place during one of only two evaluation periods. In 2015, more than 200 college coaches attended. 

National Small College Rugby Organization Challenge Cup National Championship – April 23-24

  • For the 2nd time, this event will bring in more than 130 teams to Founders Field located in             Cheswick.
  • The NSCRO is an organization made up of college rugby teams, including over 240 men's and over 110 women's rugby teams, representing 40% of all colleges playing rugby in the U.S.

Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon – April 29-May 1

  • The 27th annual Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend features several races with the main events starting and finishing Downtown.
  • With more than 35,000 finishers, 4,000 volunteers, 100 charities supported, and 60 bands played in 2015, this event is recognized as one of the nation's fastest growing marathons.

Ohiobasketball Caveman North Classic – May 6-8

  • This event will be hosted in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh, featuring boys and girls teams, grades 4-12.
  • Ohiobasketball is a youth basketball event operator that has been hosting tournaments in Pittsburgh for the past four years.

USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club National Playoffs – May 21-22

  • 40 teams from across the United States will compete for the Championships. The eastern portion, the National Quarterfinal and Semifinals, will be hosted at Founders Field.
  • Founders Field, home to the Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Football Club, who compete in Division 1 Men's Club Rugby (the highest competitive level in the country), has hosted more than 35 USA Rugby playoff events, including 21 National Championship finals.

East Coast Volleyball Championships – May 28-30

  • The championships, headquartered in Pittsburgh since 2007, will take place at the David L.             Lawrence Convention Center featuring 45 courts under one roof.
  • In 2015, more than 7,000 volleyball players participated, with over 250 teams from 10 states and nearly 40 teams from Canada.

Gamma Pickleball Classic – June 3-5

  • This first year event will be hosted at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It is a USA Pickleball Association sanction event and benefits the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.
  •     Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.

U.S. Open – June 13-19

  • The 116th U.S. Open will return to Oakmont Country Club for a record ninth time.
  • This event is the second of four major championships in golf, with a total of 156 players from all over the world.

USA vs Ireland Olympic Team Boxing Match – June 14

  • Olympic USA and Ireland boxers will face off before the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics at the Monroeville Convention Center.
  • This event is part of the Pittsburgh Plays the World presented by the Pittsburgh Matanzas Sister City Partnership and the Hibernian Celtic Athletic Fund.

Pittsburgh Curling Club Tropicurl – June 30-July 3

  • The 11th annual event will take place at Robert Morris University's Island Sports Center and feature 48 teams.
  • The Pittsburgh Curling Club is one of only four curling clubs in Pennsylvania. The club started in 2002 with 12 members and has since grown to hundreds of members. In addition to the annual Tropicurl, Pittsburgh Curling Club hosts many events including ‘Learn to Curl' classes.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix – July 3-17

  • The 34th annual event will take place at Schenley Park and include 10 days of motorsports events. This event has become the nation's largest vintage sports car racing event and the only one to run on city streets.
  • The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has donated nearly $4 million to two of the charities they support, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

USA Karate National Championships & Team Trials – July 14-17

  • The event will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, featuring competition for all ages and skill levels.
  • This event is the single most important karate event within the United States, as this event selects the USA Junior and Senior Karate Teams that continue on to compete in events across the world.

ReplayFX Arcade and Video Game Festival – July 28-31

  • The 2nd annual event will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center featuring more than 750 arcade and pinball machines and over 2,000 retro console games (all games are free to play with the price of admission).
  • The event features the world's greatest pinball wizards competing to win the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship, the Donkey Kong World Championships, as well as many others, offering over $110,000 in prize money.

Roberto Clemente Jr. Youth Baseball Classic – July 28-31

  • This inaugural event will feature eight teams from Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Japan, and two Pittsburgh teams, competing in a 24-game tournament. This event is part of the Pittsburgh Plays the World presented by the Pittsburgh Matanzas Sister City Partnership and the Hibernian Celtic Athletic Fund.
  • Games will be played at the historic West Field in Munhall, PA (last remaining stadium from the Negro League Era and home of the Homestead Grays), University of Pittsburgh's Charles L. Cost Field and PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Duelo Del Siglo Boxing Match – July 30

  • The inaugural "friendly" club boxing match will be held on the Roberto Clemente Bridge and will be free and open to the public. The event feature 11 bouts of evenly matched athletes from the United State and Cuba.
  • This event is part of the Pittsburgh Plays the World presented by the Pittsburgh Matanzas Sister City Partnership and the Hibernian Celtic Athletic Fund.

EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta – August 5-7

  • The 39th annual event will take place throughout Point State Park, the Clemente Bridge and the North Shore.
  • The event will include Formula 1 Powerboats, the giant Gondola Ferris Wheel, the Sandsational Sand Sculpture, national and regional music acts and the Anything That Floats competition.

USA BMX Steel City National Series – August 12-14

  • The event has been hosted at South Park BMX for more than 30+ years. Throughout the years BMX publications and professional riders have voted South Park BMX as the best track in the country and in the world.
  • USA BMX, the world's largest bicycle motocross organization, will host 30+ similar National Series throughout North America in 2016.

Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race – August 13-14

  • The 19th annual event will take place at Point State Park, where all three races will begin from.
  • The event is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event benefitting the work of Friends of the Riverfront and maintaining the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.