Feb. 25, 2013

PITTSBURGH–Pitt will usher in its Atlantic Coast Conference era with the program’s biggest season opener in years. The Panthers will host defending ACC and Orange Bowl champion Florida State for a Labor Day primetime opener at Heinz Field, it was revealed today by the league office.


The Panthers and Seminoles will clash on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m., in front of a national ESPN television audience. It will be the first meeting between the two schoolssince 1983 when the Panthers defeated Florida State, 17-16, in Pitt Stadium.

The opener is one of four ACC games at Heinz Field this season. Pitt will additionally host Virginia (Sept. 28), North Carolina (Nov. 16) and, in a nationally televised game the day after Thanksgiving, Miami(Nov. 29).

The Panthers’ road ACC games are Duke (Sept. 21), Virginia Tech (Oct. 12), Georgia Tech (Nov. 2) and Syracuse(Nov. 23).

Pitt previously announced its non-conference schedule, highlighted by a Nov. 9 home date with historic rival Notre Dame, which advanced to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game following an undefeated regular season. The Panthers will also host New Mexico (Sept. 14) and travel to Navy(Oct. 26).

To accommodate the Florida State opener, Old Dominionreplaces Villanova on the schedule. The Panthers will host ODU on Oct. 19 to round out the non-ACC slate. (Villanova, Pitt’s original season-opening opponent, will now play at Boston College.)

“When our ACC opponents were initially revealed in January, we knew our schedule would be our most dynamic in years,” Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. “But to start and end our inaugural ACC season at Heinz Field with two of the most storied brands in college football is spectacular. Every game in this league, home and away, will provide our fans with a lot of excitement and anticipation.”               

                “We’re really excited to see our entire Atlantic Coast Conference schedule for 2013,” second-year Pitt head coach Paul Chrystsaid. “Each and every week will present us with a significant challenge and opportunity. And season openers don’t get any bigger than facing the defending ACC champion, Florida State, on national television.”

Season-ticket packages are currently on sale for as low as $115 and can be purchased online (PittsburghPanthers.com), by phone (800/643-PITT) or in person at the Petersen Events Center ticket office. All Pitt and UPMC employees are eligible for a 20% discount on tickets.

Additionally, current season-ticket holders who renew online by April 3 will receive a $10 discount on the handling fee.

The Panthers’ complete 2013 football schedule: