Fans Gear Up For Game With Rally & Playoff Party

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Black & Gold fever is sweeping across Pittsburgh as fans get geared up for Saturday’s much-anticipated AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

There’s plenty going on to get the atmosphere in town just right for a showdown with one of the Steelers most bitter rivals.

The fun kicked off at noon over at the Allegheny County Courthouse with the “Ruin the Ravens” Rally.

Fans, clad in black and gold, packed the courtyard there during the lunch hour for live music and food, all aimed at getting pumped up for the game.

And when it comes to the Steelers success, the fan base is awash with tradition and superstitions.

“Every year before the playoff games we always come up to the Strip and get our food, clothes and everything else,” said Shawn Sanchez, of East Liverpool, Ohio.

Often times, if it’s not what you’re eating or wearing or imbibing in, it’s what you eat.

“It’s all about hot sausage. It’s a tradition in the family,” said KDKA’s own Jennifer Antkowiak. “I don’t even eat it, but I make it. It’s my mother-in-law’s recipe, she got it from way, way back, and before every playoff game, I’ve got to make this hot sausage.”

But in the interest of full journalist disclosure and balance, it was also necessary to find out what Ravens’ fans do before a big game.

“Just hang out,” said R.C., a Ravens fan who is visiting Pittsburgh.

Whatever it is though that makes the Black and Gold rule the turf when it comes to the individual or collective efforts of the fans, the signs and the history point to success.

For fans still looking for more black-and-gold-themed fun, there’s always the Pittsburgh Steelers Playoff Party over on the North Shore tonight.

The featured entertainment is Butler native and famous Steelers fan, Bret Michaels.

Former Steelers Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley will emcee the event, which will also include appearances by Steelers alumni.

The party gets underway at 3 p.m. when the doors open at Stage AE. The live music is set to start at 7 p.m. with performances by Tres Lads and Scotty Bratcher. Michaels is scheduled to take the stage at 10 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 and are available for purchase through

  • Ronald Harris

    A teacher tells her class she’s a steelers fan. The class agrees with her except one little girl. When asked who she likes the girl said the Ravens, the teacher asked why and the girl said “bc my mommy and daddy are fans”. The teacher replies “that’s no reason to like them, what if your dad was an idiot and your mom was a moron then what would you be?” The little girl replied back, “a steelers fan”

    • Slyfox

      Awe, does that make you feel better?? You’re a big big man for posting such a funny joke on a news stations website, now aren’t you? See you on the field (in Pittsburgh, not Baltimore, mind you) bud!

      • stoopm

        Hey Slyfox, this is a “news station” that feels a need to mention the Steelers within the first 5 minutes over every “newscast”. Laughable!

      • Onme

        Who cares? Had nothing to do with what he said about the moron with the joke.

  • Fenix1186

    Aww man, going to the Casino is going to be a mess :(.



  • Anne

    For Karen – that is such an offensive comment I can’t imagine why you would make it. I can only hope that you are just naive. When I think of all of the men from Pittsburgh who died fighting the Nazis, your comment makes me sick. It was the steel from Pittsburgh that went into building the ships and other war materiel that helped this country to defeat the Nazis. We may be fans of different teams, but we are all Americans. To liken a fan base of an American team to a group who exterminated six million people because of their religion is beyond ignorant.

  • John J. Johnson

    I will tell you how dumb Ravens fans are. How does a bird (suggs tshirt) shoot a bird, when birds don’t have fingers? Baltimore maybe you need to update your school books Ravens 10 Steelers 21.

  • RavsBlo

    Hey Karen,
    How did you get to be so rude and offensive? Your nothing like your mother. I met her in the mens’ room last night and she was a nice as could be….

  • Honeylmalik

    GOD BLESS the STEELERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS tomorrow & play like y-all want to win the 7th bowl, Steelers are a team that can do this again !

  • Kim K.

    Go Ravens!! wooo

  • Sarah L

    HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!!!! Lets bring this one back to the Burgh too!!! 7’s my FAVORITE number!!! WOOOTTT WOOOOTT

  • Diana

    What the heck……Ken Rice is wearing a PURPLE tie????

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