Over the past several months, the Pitt basketball teams have been working hard. Now, it’s time to play hard — and do so with a very notable guest.
Pittsburgh-bred rapper Wiz Khalifa will perform at Pitt’s Blue and Gold Madness event Friday at Petersen Events Center, the school announced Wednesday.
The platinum-selling Grammy nominee most famous for songs like “Black and Yellow” and “See You Again” is no stranger to the Pitt basketball program, as he also performed at the Panthers’ midnight madness event — then dubbed #ZooAfterHours — in 2015.
“I knew a few of those songs,” then-Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said at the time. “But what I have always appreciated is that he is a Pittsburgh guy and he has never forgotten his roots, so regardless of the style of music, it speaks to the city, it speaks to me and it is special — he appreciates where he came from and hasn’t forgotten it.”
The event begins at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. It will begin with player introductions, followed by a 10-minute scrimmage for the women’s basketball team and a 15-minute scrimmage for the men’s team. Khalifa’s performance will cap off the night.
For many, it will be a first look at the recently redone Petersen Events Center. Since the end of the 2018-19 season, the first for both men’s coach Jeff Capel and women’s coach Lance White, the venue’s court was flipped and redesigned to feature the Panthers’ new blue and yellow color scheme. Additionally, a new video board hovering over the court was installed, as were two large screens affixed to one of the arena’s end walls.
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