You’re not a true Pittsburgher unless you own at least one article of sports-themed clothing. If you need to know where to buy a Pitt zip-up, how to get that official Malkin jersey without breaking the bank, or what free giveaways you can score at the Pirates games, then you’ve come to the right place.
For t-shirts, hats, and other casual sports apparel, the Strip District has multiple shops and stands. Stores in Pittsburgh with sports clothing and gear include The Pittsburgh Fan, the Steelers Pro Shop, PensGear, HOMAGE, and Rally House. Shop412 sells versatile clothing in black and gold that could be worn to just about any game. DICK’s Sporting Goods has a large selection that includes official merchandise, while TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Target, JCPenney, and Amazon.com all tend to have affordable options too.
For an official jersey, visit the local sports shops mentioned above, or browse online on fansedge.com and fanatics.com. The websites for each league, such as shop.nhl.com, often have seasonal sales. If you’re small in stature, look for kids’ jerseys in larger sizes. You might also get lucky and find a jersey at a secondhand store like Goodwill. If you’re planning to attend any games outside during the colder months, remember to buy a jersey that’s big enough to wear layers underneath.
College sports items can also typically be found at most local sports stores and popular websites. However, the local colleges all have their own on campus shops with just about everything you can imagine in them; you can even buy a Vera Bradley purse with a University of Pittsburgh pattern at the Pitt bookstore. American Eagle has a unique clothing line called “Tailgate” for both men and women, which includes vintage-inspired Pitt t-shirts.
The Terrible Towel is a Steel City essential. Maybe you can’t imagine yourself swinging a small yellow towel above your head in public, but you will change your mind once you experience a Steelers game at Heinz Field. Just make sure it’s branded as “Myron Cope’s Official” (double yoi!). Multiple spots in the Strip District and the North Shore sell them, or you can buy one at Giant Eagle for under $10.
Are you all about the freebies? To pick up the giveaways at games, check online for the team’s promotional schedules and enter the stadium early since quantities and sizes are limited. Hats, shirts, and bobbleheads are popular promos at Pirates, Pens, and Pitt games. Free Shirt Fridays are a fan favorite at PNC Park, and in October, Heinz Field gives out pink Terrible Towels for breast cancer awareness. You can still score some swag if you plan to watch your games at home—buy a case of Labatt Blue at most beer distributors around the city and get a Pens gift, like a beanie or a bottle opener.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.