Morning and night, Pitt goes nearly round the clock for is first two games
The ACC has announced start times for Pitt’s first two football games — one late, one early.
Pitt goes under the lights at Heinz Field for its opener Aug. 31 vs. Virginia. 7:30 p.m. kick. Also, there's an 11 a.m. kick for the Ohio game Sept. 7, also at HF. Early start dictated by newly formed ACC Network and ESPN. Thoughts, Pitt fans?
— Jerry DiPaola (@JDiPaola_Trib) May 15, 2019
Pitt’s season opener against Coastal Division foe Virginia on Aug. 31 will be under the lights and will be one of the first games televised by the soon-to-be-launched ACC Network. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Field and is the last of three games. The tripleheader begins with East Carolina at N.C. State (noon, followed by Virginia Tech at Boston College (4 p.m.).
Just win the game
— Z (@zmarshall_412) May 15, 2019
A week later on Sept. 7, Pitt and Ohio tangle in a nonconference game at Heinz Field in another ACC Network game, this one starting at 11 a.m. Payback for the high-profile night the previous week perhaps?
Pitt hasn’t started a game that early in the day since hosting Louisville in 2012. The game is the first of four that day on the ACC Network. The others are South Florida at Georgia Tech (2 p.m.), Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State (5 p.m.) and Miami at North Carolina (8 p.m.).
Starting at 11:00 am is JV stuff 😂😂 night games are cool but it’s a Pitt game so bar is set pretty low #H2P
— PittTarp (@ITellTheTruth03) May 15, 2019
The Ohio game also will be Pitt’s annual Band Day, with youth marching band members participating in a pregame rehearsal and joining the Pitt Band on-field at halftime. Kickoffs for the remaining 10 games will be announced at a later date.
If I’m not able to make it downstairs to my couch by 11am there’s a problem.
— CD Eisen (@cdeisen) May 15, 2019
ohio can ruin their season in week 2 solich teams can score
— George Abraham (@CoachesCornerGA) May 15, 2019
11am is pure perfection… like Pitts defense in 2019! H2P!
— Se7entySix (@Daminals76) May 15, 2019
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .