A Guide to PPG Paints Arena for Penguins Fans

A Guide to PPG Paints Arena for Penguins Fans

In town for your first Pens game? We answer all your questions.

No fall or winter trip to the city is complete without a stop at the gorgeous PPG Paints Arena to check out the five-time Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins! The Pens’ consistent success and the arena’s outstanding fan experience combine to make this one of Pittsburgh’s most sought-after tickets. Check out our guide for you to make the most out of your gameday!

Getting Tickets

Online
The Pens offer single game and group tickets on their website you can also get group tickets or look through the resale market. The Pens also offer a military and first responder discount.

Student Rush
The Pens’ most popular promotion is the GetGo Student Rush. It offers fantastic discounts for college students. All you need to do is download the Penguins App, text RUSH to 412-534-6266, and sign up using your “.edu” email.

Mobile Ticketing
PPG Paints Arena ticketing is mobile-only. You can download your tickets through the Ticketmaster or Penguins Apps. If you don’t have a mobile phone or your phone is having an issue, you can see guest services inside the Highmark Gate. For more info you can check out the Pens website.

Getting to the Game

Public Transportation
Taking the bus to the game from anywhere around the city is the easiest way to go the game. You can check out bus schedules or download the Whiz or Transit apps which helps users plan out their bus trips in real time. If you want to take the T to the game (Pittsburgh's light rail), the nearest stop is at Steel Plaza, which is less than half a mile from the arena.

Parking Information
There are multiple parking lots and garages surrounding the arena and on Fifth Ave. The Mellon Center garage is also a good option that’s walkable to the arena. You can find more info on the Pens website. Make you sure you get to Downtown early!

Pre-game Spots

Souper Bowl
The closest bar to stadium on this list, Souper Bowl run tons of specials around Pens games. Their upstairs is an exciting pre- and post-game spot with tons of fellow fans and a very big beer selection. They won’t mind seeing away team fans, too.

Shale’s Café
Shale’s is also very close to PPG Paints Arena and has turned into a local favorite dive bar. They are known for having a great yet inexpensive food and drink selection, an awesome atmosphere and a lot of free parking. There's no better spot for a pre-game beer.

Moonlit Burgers
New to the area is Moonlit Burgers, the second location of the popular Dormont smashburger shop located right on Duquesne's campus. Don't let the college atmosphere fool you, this colorful spot offers cocktails, drafts and even shots to accompany your bacon double cheeseburger, shoestring fries and pickle brined chicken sandwiches.

Pizza Milano
Also right along the walk to the stadium, Pizza Milano ahs been the go-to stop before Pens games and other PPG events for years. Chow down on delicious pizzas, mozzarella sticks, gyros and calzones while you enjoy a drink and putting something fun on the jukebox.

Coming Soon: Back to the Foodture
We can't wait for this one. The pop culture themed Back to the Foodture will be opening its second location soon at 1014 5th Avenue, bringing 30+ types of burgers and 20+ french fry creations to Uptown.

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What to Eat at the Arena

PPG Paints Arena has a variety of concessions and tons of options. Here are a couple options for you to consider:

GetGo, Section 116
GetGo in the arena is modeled like the local favorite convenience store. They have grab-and-go options with lots of drinks and food such as chicken tenders, salads and wraps, mac and cheese bites and so much more!

Milkshake Factory, 107
It’s as good as it sounds. They have the best milkshakes in the arena, including their famous Jake’s Shake. Inspired by fan favorite Jake Guentzel, his shake is chocolate with hot fudge, crushed cookies and brownies and a piece of chocolate in the whip cream.

Burgatory, 206
Burgatory has helluva good burgers, fries and heavenly milkshakes making this an easy one stop shop to load up for the game and not miss a second of the action.

Nakama, 105
While you're on the ice, grab some of the best sushi in Burgh. Just make sure you pay attention to the action so you can use those chopsticks to snag a puck out of the air and then go back to your roll.

Fox’s Pizza, Multiple Locations
Tasty, grab-n-go pizzas that you can find anywhere around the arena. 

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Cool Stuff for Kids

Walk to the glass to watch warmups
Before the puck drops, it’s very common for people to mingle down by the ice, stand by the glass and try to get a puck or an item signed. There are always plenty of other families, and your chances of getting something from one of the Pens many stars aren’t too bad.

Go see Iceburgh
The Pens mascot, Iceburgh, always walks around during games and is very friendly to kids. Get a picture with him! You’re bound to run into him at some point.

Watch out for the dance cams
Has your kid ever wanted to get on the Jumbotron? This game could be their lucky day, there are always plenty of opportunities for your kids to show their moves at Pens games.

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More to Explore

Ride the Incline
Both the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines are Pittsburgh staples with amazing views of Pittsburgh from the Monongahela River. After getting off on the top, take a walk on Mt. Washington to see more angles of our skyline.

Heinz History Center
In a city known for its museums, the Heinz History Center is unique for its exhibits on Pittsburgh sports, Mr. Rodgers and the history of our area dating back to the French and Indian War.  

See the Strip District
The Strip District is one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic neighborhoods and is known for its unique food vendors. It is right next to Downtown and one of the best places around the city to walk around.

Let’s Go Pens!