Special Events


Overview

The North Shore is a dynamic place. The volume and variety of activity on the North Shore necessitates strong communication between event organizers and the multiple stakeholders involved.

Scheduling an Event

This section will help guide you through the process of coordinating a North Shore Riverfront Park event. Please reference the following steps as you plan:

Check the Pirates, Steelers and University of Pittsburgh game schedules to rule out potential conflicts.

Contact the SEA at 412-393-7106 or 412-393-0200 and, if you are considering use of City property or a street closure as part of your event, the Mayor's Office of Special Events to request an event date.

Complete an SEA North Shore Riverfront Park Special Event Application and, if applicable, the City of Pittsburgh's Special Event Permit Application.

Please see the Rules and Regulations for planning your event.

Your date will be reserved upon receipt of your executed license agreement and payment of the license fee and security deposit. The SEA cannot accept your application more than 180 days prior to your event date. Occasionally, a scheduled event must be re-scheduled due to major city events or events at Heinz Field or PNC Park.

License Agreement
Once the special event applications have been completed and approvals from the City/stakeholders have been secured, the SEA will issue a license agreement to be signed by the event organizer.

License Fee
The SEA charges a license fee for use of any area of the North Shore Riverfront Park. The fee is $100 per hour for the event (with a minimum of $300 per event). An additional set-up and breakdown fee is $100 per day, for each day of set-up/breakdown, including any set-up/breakdown on the day of the event. License fees for use of parking lots will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Proceeds from license fees support North Shore Riverfront Park maintenance.

Security Deposit
A security deposit is due prior to each event. For events expecting less than 500 people, the deposit is $500. For events expecting between 500 and 1,000 people, the deposit is $1,000. For events over 1,000 people, the deposit is $1,500. Security deposits are fully refundable if the event organizer meets the requirements of the license agreement.

Certificate of Liability Insurance
The SEA requires that several or all of the following entities be named as additional insureds as part of the event's insurance coverage:
  • Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
  • Stadium Authority of the City of Pittsburgh
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Alco Parking Corporation
  • PSSI Stadium Corp.
  • Pittsburgh Associates
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