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Heinz Field is home to SIX time Super Bowl champions, Pittsburgh Steelers. The team was founded by Arthur Joseph Rooney in 1933 and is now owned by his son, Dan Rooney; the Steelers name given as a nod to the steel industry in the city. The University of Pittsburgh's Pitt Panthers, also call this home.
Here are some specifics: Heinz Field sits on the riverfront with a scenic view of downtown Pittsburgh. It has 2.2 acres of natural bluegrass. The ground is maintained at a temperature of 62 degrees by an underground heating system. The stadium, completed in 2001, seats 65,000 and has 127 luxury suites and 6,600 club seats.
As with most football teams, the loyal fans pack the facility to the rafters. PITTSBURGH LOVES THEIR STEELERS! Stadium tours are given for groups or for individuals (It's open for the first 30 people who come)--call 412-697-7150. There is a charge for the tour.
Heinz Field, New home to the...
Heinz Field, New home to the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Team and University of Pittsburgh Panthers College Football Team. If you are not from Pittsburgh or a fan of these teams, beware as locals can be rowdy at game time. Traffic is also a problem when games/events are held.
Opened on August 25, 2001 with a seating capacity of 64,450 it occupies the site of the parking lot of the former Three Rivers Stadium. In only 19 seconds Three Rivers Stadium was destroyed by implosion on February 11, 2001 using 4800 lbs. of dynamite.
Located just west of the site of the old Three Rivers Stadium - now a parking lot - Heinz Field is the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League, as well as the University of Pittsburgh Panthers of the collegiate Big East Conference. The stadium is a literal shrine to many of the Black and Gold faithful and is a very nice place to watch a game - until late November and December rolls along.
As with most new stadiums, there is lots of special club seating with their exclusive refreshment venues, as well as lots of luxury boxes for the even more affluent. The most expensive seats are those in the south end zone , however - over $300 a game - where extra perks include the chance to rub shoulders with some of the past Steeler greats - 22 are included in the NFL Hall of Fame.
If you can’t get a ticket to a game, the next best way to visit is to take a stadium tour - see the website included for best times to get into the 10 am tours offered during the regular season. For $6.50, you can join the Steeler faithful as they venture into every nook and cranny of the stadium, from the Steeler Hall of Fame - the Great Hall - to luxury boxes to the press boxes to the locker rooms. On the tour I took, I noted that the chance to have a picture taken in front of Big Ben’s locker - Ben Roethlisberger is the star quarterback for the Steelers - made the tour admission a pittance for out group, most of whom were clad in black and gold, almost as if they were at a real game. Even if you are not a Steeler fan - and here my allegiances remain West Coast with the Red and Gold of San Francisco. Long live Montana, Rice, Brodie, the Catch, the Drive, the Stand, Ken Willard, John David Crow, and Kermit Alexander!! - a tour of Heinz Field is an interesting chance to see how deeply sports is ingrained into the psyche of Pittsburgh and American culture.
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If you're in town for a Sunday during football season, go to a game! It's a fun time even if you're not a Steelers fan (I see people in jerseys for other teams (that aren't playing there that day) all the time). If you're a fan of the opposing team, it can be tricky. It's not localized like Lincoln Financial Field (Philly), the yahoos that act up are spread all over the place, but most people are respectful and keep their taunting lighthearted. It is definitely worse at a night game than afternoon games, because people still start their drinking at the same time, no matter the game-time.
My favorite place to sit is in the upper end zone - bonus is that they are cheaper seats. The first five rows are separated by a walkway from the rest of the section, so A & E are the best rows. They are benches, so it can get a little tricky in the late summer/early fall when sitting with a bunch of people that Southwest would require to buy two seats, but it's not so bad in the winter. The benches are COLD, so always bring something (extra Terrible Towel) to sit on.
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