Fan Experience Focus Group + 2020 Football Schedule

Fan Experience Focus Group + 2020 Football Schedule

Our man Rich Tencza (Richman/Richmanfancom) has been invited to reprise his role on the Pitt Fan experience committee (but just for one day – and that day is tomorrow).  This is our chance as POV’erts to speak through him and (if you still care) have your voice heard more directly by the administration.

Sooo… if you have any suggestions on how to make the Pitt Football and Basketball fan experience better please post on this thread so that Rich can take these suggestions to the Pitt Administration.

One caveat:  Rich is looking for tangible and actionable suggestions here.  Obvious topics need not apply (We all know an On Campus Stadium would improve the fan experience…but it’s just not going to happen in the next few years…or maybe ever).

So if you’ve identified an easily solvable problem that you want to highlight, or you’ve been sitting on an idea that you want to communicate, or you’ve been to another school and experienced something that you thought was neat, now is the time to speak up.  Rich will be reading through the comments tomorrow prior to the meeting I’m sure.

Last but not least, if you’re not a regular poster and have an idea, but don’t want to identify yourself, feel free to post anonymously…nobody will know it’s you.

Have at it ladies and gents, and Hail to Pitt.


Editor’s Note:  The 2020 Schedule was released today.  Adding it to this post for your commenting pleasure.

Per the Pitt Sports Information Department: 

Pitt’s 2020 Football Schedule Announced


PITTSBURGH—Pitt’s 2020 football schedule was revealed today by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

With the return of 17 starters, including some of the nation’s finest players at their respective positions, the Panthers’ 2020 campaign is already highly anticipated.

Pitt’s 12-game regular-season slate includes eight opponents that advanced to bowl games last year. The Panthers will host seven games at Heinz Field, including four ACC contests.

The home season highlights:

  • Pitt’s classic series with Notre Dame returns to Pittsburgh on Oct. 17. The Irish earned a No. 11 final ranking in the coaches’ poll following an 11-2 season.

  • The Panthers host Coastal foe Virginia Tech for a nationally televised Friday night game on Nov. 6. The Hokies own the country’s longest active bowl streak at 27 straight seasons.

  • Pitt welcomes three additional ACC foes to Heinz: Duke (Sept. 26), Georgia Tech (Oct. 24) and Syracuse (Nov. 28). For the Panthers and Orange, it will be the 66th consecutive year they have played, dating back to 1955.

  • The Panthers open the season on Sept. 5 against Mid-American Conference champion Miami (Ohio). Pitt will additionally host Richmond on Sept. 19.

Pitt plays its road opener at Marshall on Sept. 12. Doc Holliday has directed the Thundering Herd to seven bowls in his 10 seasons.

The Panthers will make two October trips to the Sunshine State. Pitt plays its initial ACC road contest on Oct. 3 at Miami. The Panthers then travel to Florida State on Oct. 31, their first game in Tallahassee since 1982.

A crucial November stretch includes consecutive road contests at North Carolina (Nov. 14) and Virginia (Nov. 21). The Tar Heels crushed Temple, 55-13, in the Military Bowl, while the Cavaliers are coming off a Coastal Division title and Orange Bowl appearance.


Pitt football season tickets are now on sale. Fans can purchase full seven-game ticket packages for as low as $175, while lower bowl seats are available for $205. For more information, click here or call (800) 643-7488.

For the fourth consecutive season, Pitt Athletics is partnered with Tailgate Guys to provide hassle-free, customized tailgating experiences at Heinz Field. Services are located on the Great Lawn at North Shore Park. Reserve tents, tables, chairs, media packages and an array of catering options. For more information, visit, email or call (412) 525-4125.

The Panthers’ complete 2020 football schedule:

Sept. 5: Miami (Ohio)   

The Panthers and Redhawks last met in 1949.


Sept. 12: at Marshall

In the lone prior meeting, Pitt defeated Marshall, 43-27, at Heinz Field in 2016.

Sept. 19: Richmond

The Spiders have advanced to the NCAA Division I Playoffs 11 times and claimed the 2008 FCS title.    

Sept. 26: Duke*

The Panthers own a 6-1 series advantage over Duke in ACC play.

Oct. 3: at Miami*

Pitt last won at Miami in 2014, a 35-23 decision fueled by James Conner’s two touchdowns.

Oct. 17: Notre Dame

Ten of the past 12 games between Pitt and Notre Dame have been decided by single digits, including the Irish’s 19-14 win in 2018 at South Bend.

Oct. 24: Georgia Tech*

Cam Bright’s 79-yard fumble return keyed last season’s 20-10 triumph in Atlanta.

Oct. 31: at Florida State*

In Pitt’s last visit to Tallahassee, the Dan Marino-led Panthers—UPI’s No. 1-ranked team—defeated Florida State, 37-17, on Sept. 18, 1982.

Nov. 6 (Fri.): Virginia Tech*

The Panthers are 5-1 all-time against the Hokies at Heinz, including a 52-22 rout in 2018.

Nov. 14: at North Carolina*

Kenny Pickett threw for 359 yards and accounted for three total TDs in Pitt’s 34-27 overtime victory last year.

Nov. 21: at Virginia*

Pitt’s 2018 win over the Cavs in Scott Stadium sparked the Panthers’ Coastal title run.

Nov. 28: Syracuse*

The Panthers have won 15 of the past 18 games against the Orange.