Photos: Homecoming 2020

Move over hoodies and hats—face coverings are the newest trend as a team spirit accessory. A reduced crowd of 5,500 socially distanced fans were welcomed to Heinz Field, where enhanced COVID-19 health and safety protocols were in place for Pitt’s Homecoming football game. The Saturday, Oct. 24 matchup between the Panthers and No. 3-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish was the first opportunity for students, families and season ticket holders to watch the Panthers since the pandemic impacted gathering size limits. Notre Dame defeated Pitt, 45-3.

Text by Ellie Graves, images by University of Pittsburgh Athletics

A stadium with socially distanced fans in the seats
5,000 Strong: Students, band and Spirit Squad members and select season ticket holders were among the 5,000 able to watch in person the matchup between the Panthers and #3-ranked Notre Dame at Heinz Field.

Cheerleaders in face masks hold pom poms in the seats
Cheering From the Stands: Members of Pitt’s Spirit Squad, the cheer and dance teams, rallied fans from the stands.

Rock in a gray jersey and face mask
Roc On (Safely): Even Roc was in on proper game-day protocol and remembered to mask up for the game.

A person in yellow Pitt gear raises their hands in front of a band
Covered Up: Members of the Pitt Band maintained physical distance in the stands and used covers to help reduce the spread of aerosols from their instruments.

A person in a black face mask holding a red sign
Distance Reminders: Red signs carried by seat attendants at Heinz Field remind fans to maintain 6 feet of social distance.