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Weird Weekend Plans: The Pittsburgh Open Squash Tournament

You know the feeling you get when you see your friends in another city doing something totally weird and cool? It’s that sort of FOMO feeling that goes along with people in LA watching an outdoor movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery or people in Chicago playing beach volleyball along the banks of Lake Michigan. Instead of living vicariously through your friends in larger cities, we’re here to offer a suggestion for a fun, free Pittsburgh activity that’s more than a little out of the ordinary.

This weekend, the Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open brings the Professional Squash Association World Tour to the Rivers Club downtown, pitting the world’s best squash players against one another for a truly international event unlike any other in Pittsburgh. The competition is fast-paced and diverse, with some of the most skilled athletes from China, Mexico, New Zealand and all over the globe battling for some major prize money and the coveted title.

So, what does this mean for you (presumably a casual squash fan at best)? Free admission to the tournament allows you to watch the multiple high-energy squash matches going on at the same time, featuring both local, amateur players and international squash superstars. There’s also a pop-up bar on what is regularly the basketball court, so you can sip wine or beer while you learn all about the game. If you’re looking for something unusual and unique to get you out of the house this weekend, this is likely one of the coolest events in town.

Fun fact: squash is one of the fastest-paced sports in the world, burning more calories than nearly any other, so you might even want to incorporate it into your own workout routine! Curious? Take a walk through the Rivers Club to check out the other facilities, including yoga studios, lap pool, spa services and the state-of-the-art gym.


  • Location: Rivers Club, 301 Grant St, Downtown.
  • Schedule: Thursday, January 23: 8 matches starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 24: 4 quarterfinal matches starting at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25: 2 semifinal matches starting at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 26: the finals starting at 12:00 p.m.

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