With a little bit of planning, getting into and around Downtown Pittsburgh during the Frozen Four can be easy and, depending on one's preferred mode of travel, inexpensive or even free.
A cab ride from Pittsburgh International Airport to Downtown costs about $40 (pghtrans.com). Less-expensive options include SuperShuttle, a shared-ride van service with variable rates (supershuttle.com) and the 28X Airport Flyer bus, which costs $3.75 one way (portauthority.org).
Cab service also is available at Consol Energy Center after events by visiting the area outside the Verizon Gate or calling, 412-321-8100.
The Light Rail Transit system, known as the T, serves most of Downtown and the North Shore, including Consol Energy Center (use Steel Plaza Station) and PNC Park (North Side Station). Both of those stations are in a free-fare zone that extends from Allegheny Station on the North Shore to First Avenue Station in Downtown. Rides to and from Station Square and points farther south are $2.50.
Bus rides also are free in the Golden Triangle from the start of service until 7 p.m. The free zone is bounded by the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, Ross Street and 11th Street. The arena is about four blocks outside the free zone -- taking the bus to the front door costs $2.50. Exact change is required on all public transit vehicles.
More information about bus and rail service can be found at portauthority.org.
Because Pittsburgh's Downtown is relatively compact, many destinations can be reached on foot.
Driving and parking in Downtown can be an adventure, particularly for those who wait until the last minute. Arena events usually cause congestion on surrounding streets, so the best bet is to arrive at least an hour early. Bear in mind that the start time of the first game, 4:30 p.m., coincides with rush hour, which will complicate driving and parking.
The arena has several surface lots and a garage that are accessible from Centre Avenue. Several other parking lots and garages are within a short walk. Real-time information about parking availability at many Downtown garages can be obtained at parkpgh.org.
Those driving in from out of town will want to leave plenty of time, as the main highways into Pittsburgh are often congested, especially during rush hours.
Also, those driving Downtown should be aware that Pittsburghers are notorious for jaywalking. Watch out for us!