To say football, baseball, and ice hockey are spectator sports here is something of a misnomer. Western Pennsylvania residents are deeply emotional about their sports teams. The roots of this love affair stem from the hard-working coal miners and steel mill laborers who turned to sports as their recreation and relaxation after a long week.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – NFL
Founded by Arthur Joseph Rooney in 1933, the Pittsburgh Steelers have brought home 5 Super Bowl Championships to the Steel City.
400 Art Rooney Avenue on the North Shore
- Pittsburgh Penguins – NHL
Founded in 1967, the Pittsburgh Penguins' team name was inspired by the arena they would play in, nicknamed the "Igloo."
66 Mario Lemieux Place
- Pittsburgh Pirates – MLB
Originally called the Alleghenies, they earned their name when they "pirated" star player Louie Bierauer from the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1890s.
115 Federal Street on the North Shore
Pittsburgh, PA 15212