Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fans in Pittsburgh Hit the Streets to Go Home

By Chris Adamski
Special to Page 2

PITTSBURGH -- As Ben Roethlisberger's fourth-down pass intended for Mike Wallace in the final minute fell harmlessly to the turf, most bars in Pittsburgh's tavern-heavy South Side bar district sat in stunned silence. Moments later, patrons quietly exited, carrying blank expressions as they flowed out onto the street.

Wiser for the experience of post-Super Bowl jubilation five and two years ago, Pittsburgh Police presence was heavy here. Carson Street was closed, and parking was prohibited on it and side streets.

But streets that hours before in the pregame revelry were filled with black-and-gold clad fans now were mostly desolate.