Pat Narduzzi wants there to be fans in Heinz Field for Pitt game at some point this season.
And he’s not above begging.
Narduzzi did just that on Thursday, in his weekly briefing with Pitt reporters, when asked whether or not he thought there was chance for fans to be at Pitt games at some point this fall.
“I would just like to ask Governor Wolf if he’d please let us have a few fans in the stands,” Narduzzi said. “I mean, Governor, please. I plead. I feel bad for our kids.”
Pitt has announced that Pitt’s September games, which will wrap this Saturday with a visit from No. 24 Louisville, will not have fans and have done so in lockstep with their stadium mates, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But there has not been an announcement yet made for October home games at the venue, the first of which will be Pitt’s Oct. 3 date with NC State. Several other ACC teams will have fans in their stands this season, including Louisville, which had approximately 13,000 at each of its first two home games.
“You look around the country and see people have fans in the stands,” Narduzzi said. “We want to continue to be safe in Pittsburgh. I still want to make sure the numbers are going down, not going up. So I understand why he’s done it.”
Narduzzi hopes that whether or not fans are allowed at the game, that at the very least, the parents of his players will be able to be in attendance before the season is out.
“I think there’s a safe way to at least have our, you know, our parents at a game,” Narduzzi said. “It’s about our kids and their parents being able to watch them play something they’ve done since they were in peewee football. Heinz Field is good enough and big enough. We could have 10 parents in each section and still be pretty good. We could keep 60 feet distance and still be able to take care of our parents.”
The governor recently vetoed a measure that would allow high school districts to set their own limits for fans at games. Some of Wolf’s COVID-19 gathering restrictions have recently been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. Both Pitt and the Steelers are being allowed to play through COVID-19 mitigation plans approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.