In a league of our own
Pittsburgh is known throughout the world as a sports town or simply The City of Champions. That reputation was solidified in 2009 when The Sporting News named Pittsburgh as the Best Sports City in the country. Each of our professional franchises boasts an extremely loyal and equally rabid fan following.
On Sundays during football season the region is awash in two colors: black and gold. The Pittsburgh Steelers have grown from being the pride of Pittsburgh into one of the most popular franchises in all of the NFL. They have won the Super Bowl a record six times, most recently in 2009 and 2006.
The Penguins have generated a lot of excitement with a youthful core of players and an exciting brand of play led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. In 2008-2009 the Penguins won the Stanley Cup for the third time the franchises history. They will be moving into the new Consol Energy Center for the 2010-11 season. The Pens will also host the Washington Capitals at the Winter Classic outdoor game to be held at Heinz Field on New Year's Day 2011.
The Pirates play in what is widely-regarded as one of the best baseball stadiums in the country - PNC Park. Pittsburgh hosted the 2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game.
We take great pride on our teams on the collegiate level as well. Both the football and basketball programs of the University of Pittsburgh have enjoyed post-season success in recent years. Robert Morris University, whose men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2010, also boasts a successful hockey program which will host the Frozen Four Men's Hockey Championships in 2013.
The 2007 U.S. Open golf tournament was played at Oakmont County Club in June 2007 and will return in 2016. The Women's Open was played at Oakmont in 2010.
Highlighting the cleanliness of our three rivers, the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup, the world's richest bass-fishing championship was be held in Pittsburgh in 2009, a follow-up to the Bassmaster Classic held in the city in 2005.