The 100th meeting between Pitt and Penn State football didn’t exactly get off to a smooth start Saturday.
Due to the potential for severe weather, kickoff was moved back 35 minutes to 12:40 p.m.
Fans were told shortly after 11 a.m. to seek shelter, and the teams were forced to clear the field around 11:30 a.m. Gates were temporarily closed until shortly after noon so more fans could not enter the stadium due to the potential for lightning.
But, as of 12:30 p.m., everything finally returned to “normal.”
The first signs of potential severe weather came shortly after 11 a.m., when the stadium’s PA announcer asked fans already in the stadium to seek shelter — and for fans outside the stadium to return to their cars.
The Nittany Lions’ two digital scoreboards both showed the same warning: “The National Weather Services indicates a lightning storm is present in our area. Stadium officials will monitor the weather and keep you informed. Thank you.”
No lightning was spotted by reporters from the press box, and the teams remained on the field for practice until about 11:30 a.m. They returned to warm up around 12:10 p.m.
Traffic around the stadium had also halted to a virtual standstill before the game and was heavier than usual.