The two participants in the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Northwestern University and the No. 23-ranked University of Pittsburgh, will hit the streets of New York City over the next several days to take part in New Era Pinstripe Bowl Week activities. Special events, promotions and community outreach will take place throughout the week to once again create an unforgettable experience for fans, families, students and staff.
Scheduled visits to noteworthy New York City landmarks will include One World Observatory, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the New York Stock Exchange, Radio City Music Hall, and more.
On Christmas morning, Northwestern and Pittsburgh will take in the unique sights of One World Observatory and visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Later that evening, each institution and their traveling parties will enjoy the acclaimed Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
One day later on Monday, December 26, each school's traveling party will take part in a variety of activities including ice skating at Central Park and brunch at Tavern on the Green, before concluding the day with a welcome reception at the New York Yankees Steakhouse in Manhattan.
On Tuesday, December 27, representatives from the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and each institution will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Later that day, Northwestern will visit the Pediatric Cancer Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering, while Pittsburgh meets and conducts a football clinic with local Bronx youth at Yankee Stadium.
The night will conclude with the celebratory lighting of the Empire State Building in Northwestern purple and white and Pittsburgh gold and navy.
The week of events all lead up to a scheduled 2:00 p.m. (EST) kickoff at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, December 28. Further details regarding bowl week activities that are open to the media will be communicated separately.
Tickets for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl are currently on sale at www.pinstripebowl.com, the official website of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and www.ticketmaster.com. For up-to-the-moment information regarding the game, fans are also encouraged to follow the Bowl game's official Twitter and Instagram accounts - @PinstripeBowl.
Northwestern, led by head coach Pat Fitzgerald, will be making its second consecutive bowl appearance, seventh in the last nine years and 13th all-time. The Wildcats concluded the regular season with a 6-6 record, winning five of their last eight games.
Pittsburgh, led by head coach Pat Narduzzi, will be making its ninth consecutive bowl appearance and 33rd all-time. They were the only team in the nation this year to defeat two "Power 5" conference champions (Penn State of the Big Ten and Clemson of the ACC).