PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Steelers fans can gear up for Sunday’s AFC Championship showdown against the New York Jets with several pre-game festivities going on all weekend long.
The party kicks off on Friday as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato have declared a “Black & Gold Day.”
A “Ground the Jets Rally” will be held that day at noon around the Terrible Tree in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse. There will be live music, food, face-painting, giveaways and a trivia contest.
Fans can also continue to contribute to the black and gold decorations on the Terrible Tree during the festivities.
Anyone planning to attend is being asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The fun continues later Friday evening over on the North Shore with the Steelers Championship Party Weekend at Stage AE featuring local band, The Clarks.
The doors open at 5 p.m. Live music is set to start at 7 p.m. with performances by Gene The Werewolf and Tres Lads. Then, The Clarks are scheduled to take the stage at 10 p.m.
Tickets cost $20 and are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com.
On Saturday, fans can head back over to Stage AE to get fired up with a free Championship warm-up party. The doors will once again open at 5 p.m. with DJ J-Spin providing the musical entertainment and several Steelers alumni on hand to sign autographs.
Pittsburgh native and star of the CBS comedy series, “Mike & Molly,” Billy Gardell, will take the stage at 10 p.m. to wrap up the festivities on Saturday.
Then, on Sunday, fans can rev up for game time with the Officials Steelers Tailgate Party at 5 p.m. also at Stage AE.
There is also plenty on television this weekend if you can’t make it over to the North Shore, and even if you can as fans can catch some of KDKA’s line-up there.
Here’s the rundown:
Friday, Jan. 21: 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Steelers–Jets Championship Preview
Saturday, Jan. 22: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on KDKA-TV
Steelers–Jets Championship Game Preview
Live from the Steelers Championship Party at Stage AE on the North Shore
Saturday, Jan. 22: 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on The CW
Steelers Saturday Night
Live from Stage AE on the North Shore
Saturday, Jan. 22: 11:35 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. on KDKA-TV
The PNC Steelers Huddle
Saturday, Jan. 22: 12:05 to 12:35 am on KDKA-TV
Special #1 Cochran Sports Showdown
Sunday, Jan. 23: 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. on KDKA-TV
Special One-Hour #1 Cochran Sports Showdown