Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto Joins City Leaders In Detailing Preparations for Saturday Concert
Mayor, Operations Chief and Public Safety Officials release plans for Kenny Chesney Concert at Heinz Field

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 27, 2015) The city’s Public Works and Public Safety departments have been working for weeks with representatives from Heinz Field, the Sports & Exhibition Authority, Allegheny County, the U.S. Coast Guard, Alco Parking and private parking operators in hopes of hosting a fun, safe and clean event at Heinz Field on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

“The city of Pittsburgh stands ready to welcome the more than 55,000 fans coming here to enjoy a good time on the North Shore Saturday, as we welcome Kenny Chesney and Eric Church back to Pittsburgh,” Mayor William Peduto said. “As with every event, we have been working diligently to have a safe, clean and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”

Parking Lots:

Parking lots are scheduled to open at 1:00 p.m. - three hours before gates to Heinz Field open at 4:00 p.m. Parking in Heinz Field lots was pre-sold to those purchasing concert tickets. All vehicles entering the lots must also have concert tickets.

Police will enforce the posted parking lot Code of Conduct throughout the area. All vehicles in designated lots will be provided trash and recycling bags. Heinz Field and Alco are providing 200 additional port-a-johns in the Heinz Field lots and on General Robinson Street.

Once the concert begins, Police will begin to check all North Shore parking lots. At that time, non-ticketed guests will be asked to leave the premises. Tailgating during the concert is not permitted. All parking lot guests for the concert must vacate the lots by 7:00 p.m.


Parking lot operators will do trash pickup during the concert starting at 7:00 p.m., and another pickup following the event. All lots will be cleaned overnight by Pittsburgh Public Works crews. The Steelers, SEA and DPW crews will do North Shore Park cleanup.

Please note - advertisements and promotional materials (banners, posters, flyers, inflatable signs) are not permitted on public property (bridges, walkways, fencing, railings) without a permit.

The Department of Public Works will have a litter control inspector on site throughout the day on Saturday.

If necessary, inspectors from the city’s Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections will visit North Shore lots Sunday and possibly cite lot owners for excess litter.


Both the City of Pittsburgh and Heinz Field will be providing a sufficient number of officers necessary to meet the security needs of the event. Heinz Field is also increasing their in-house security forces, and 27 EMS personnel (from city and suburban bureaus) will be inside the stadium.

Law enforcement personnel from the City of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement will be working Saturday’s event. The Allegheny County Police Mounted Unit will be patrolling on horses.

Boat Docking:

Boaters are encouraged to practice safe, responsible activity on both the water and on shore. Due to safety concerns, authorities recommend that boaters do not “raft” or tie boats together on the rivers.


Public Works crews will empty North Shore trash cans Saturday afternoon and will return after the concert, working overnight starting at 10:00 p.m. to empty receptacles and also flush and sweep streets.

Street Closures:

To prevent traffic congestion along the North Shore, street closures will begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

From 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. the following streets will be closed:

  • Allegheny Avenue from Ridge Avenue to North Shore Drive
  • Casino Drive from Sproat Way to Allegheny Avenue
  • General Robinson Street from Federal Street to Art Rooney Avenue
  • Martindale Street from Merchant Street to Reedsdale Street
  • Mazeroski Way from Reedsdale Ave to North Shore Drive
  • Merchant Street from West Ohio Street to Martindale Street
  • North Shore Drive from Allegheny Avenue to Mazeroski Way
  • Tony Dorsett Way from North Shore Drive to Reedsdale Avenue

The following streets will remain closed throughout the day:

  • Art Rooney Avenue from Reedsdale Street to North Shore Drive
  • W. General Robinson Street from Art Rooney Avenue to Tony Dorsett Way

Similar safeguards will be implemented for other major concert events on the North Shore this summer, including tour stops by Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones.

Contact: Katie O’Malley, Assistant Communications Manager, Office of Mayor William Peduto, 412-925-1990




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