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Forbes Field
The House of Thrills
The Old Lady of Schenley Park

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Address Oakland, adjacent to Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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  The Facility  
Date Opened June 30, 1909
Date Closed June 28, 1970
Date Demolished 1971
Ownership
(Management)
City of Pittsburgh
(Pittsburgh Pirates)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction $2 Million
Stadium Architect Charles Leavitt, Jr.
Capacity 41,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Pittsburgh Steelers
(NFL) (1933-1963)
Pitt Panthers
(NCAA) (1909-1924)
Pittsburgh Pirates
(MLB) (19091970)
"Steagles"
(1943)
"Card-Pitt"
(1944)
Homestead Grays
(19221939)
Pittsburgh Americans
(19361937)
Pittsburgh Phantoms
(1967)
Population Base 2,200,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Pitt Championships 1st
1915
2nd
1916
3rd
1918

Sources: Mediaventures

The University of Pittsburgh's football team moved from Exposition Park into Forbes Field upon its opening in 1909 and played there until 1924 when it moved into the larger Pitt Stadium only a few blocks away. In their first game at Forbes Field on October 16, 1909, the Panthers defeated Bucknell University 18-6. In 1910, Pitt's second year at Forbes Field, the Panthers went undefeated without allowing a single point. The Panthers had several successful seasons while playing at Forbes Field, including five in which they went undefeated and were awarded national championship titles in 1910, 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1918. During their years at Forbes Field, Pitt's teams were led by Hall of Fame coaches Joe Thompson, Glenn "Pop" Warner and Jock Sutherland.

Pittsburgh native, Art Rooney founded his NFL team under the name the Pittsburgh Pirates, on July 8, 1933, for $2,500 ($41.1 thousand in present-day terms). The franchise's first game, against the New York Giants, was held on September 20, 1933, at Forbes Field. The Giants won the game 23-2 in front of 25,000 people. Rooney wrote of the game, "The Giants won. Our team looks terrible. The fans didn't get their money's worth." The Pirates would rebound to gain their first ever franchise victory a week later at Forbes Field, against the Chicago Cardinals. The NFL's Pirates were renamed the Steelers in 1940, and otherwise struggled during much of their three-decades of tenancy at Forbes. The club achieved its first winning record in 1942; its tenth season of existence. On November 30, 1952, the Steelers met the New York Giants at Forbes Field for a snowy afternoon game. Pittsburgh entered the game with a 3-6 record, but went on to set multiple team records, including scoring nine touchdowns, to win the game 63-7. Excited by their team's play, the 15,140 spectators ran onto the field and began to tear the field goal posts out of the ground. The University of Pittsburgh's acquisition of Forbes Field in 1958 gave the Steelers some options, and they began transferring some of their home games to the much larger Pitt Stadium that year. The Steelers played their final game at Forbes Field on December 1, 1963. The franchise would move to Pitt Stadium exclusively the following season.

Pittsburgh Pirates / Pittsburgh Steelers

Forbes
Field

Forbes Field

1933-1963
Pitt
Stadium

Pitt Stadium

1964-1969
Three Rivers
Stadium

Three Rivers Stadium

1970-2000
Heinz
Field

Heinz Field

2001-Present

Pitt Panthers

Exposition
Park

Exposition Park

1904-1908
Forbes
Field

Forbes Field

1909-1924
Pitt
Stadium

Pitt Stadium

1925-1999
Three Rivers
Stadium

Three Rivers Stadium

2000
Heinz Field
Heinz Field

2001-Present

Pittsburgh Pirates

Recreation
Park

Recreation Park
1887-1890
Exposition
Park

Exposition Park
1890-1909
Forbes
Field

Forbes Field
1909-1970
Three Rivers
Stadium

Three Rivers Stadium
1970-2000
PNC Park
PNC Park
2001-Present


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