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Public Safety Announces Plans for "Backyard Brawl 2022" and Weekend Events

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 31, 2022) – The so-called “Backyard Brawl” returns to the region after an 11-year hiatus. The heated rivalry football game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers will take place Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium.  

The nationally televised game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. The Department of Public Safety is prepared for the expected large numbers of fans outside the stadium for the sold out game, and an estimated crowd of 70,000 inside. 

Road closures will be consistent with those of Steelers games. Pittsburgh Bureau of Police cycle units will be assisting with North Shore traffic control. 

“It is great to have the game return here to Pittsburgh. We want fans to enjoy the game while also staying safe,” said Public Safety Director, Lee Schmidt. “There will be zero tolerance for unruly behavior.” 

Police plan to be highly visible in tailgating areas and inside the stadium. The Pennsylvania State Police and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Mounted units will also provide extra patrols.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire and the Bureau of EMS will be on site for all events this weekend, providing coverage in addition to normal city operations.  

The City will wrap up the busy weekend by hosting the September 5, Labor Day parade - the second largest in the country – beginning at 10 a.m., where President Joe Biden is also expected to make an appearance.  


The Department of Public Safety encourages everyone to celebrate the weekend responsibly




Maurice Matthews
Assistant Public Information Officer
Public Safety
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