A few things come to mind when thinking of Pittsburgh. It’s a city that was built on the success of its steel mills, cares deeply about their football team and believes there is only one ketchup brand in the world. With NFL season already in action, we know that many are excited to visit the stadium of their favorite team. For some, that is Heinz Field.
Heinz Field: Early Years
Prior to Heinz Field, the Steelers shared the historic Three Rivers Stadium with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the cities’ Major League Baseball team. Both the Steelers and Pirates outgrew the Three Rivers Stadium and decisions needed to be made.
The Heinz Field project was approved in 1997 and construction began in 1999. The Steelers played their first home game at Heinz Field on October 7, 2001, against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team has been incredibly successful in their new home, already having won two Super Bowls. The first came in 2005, while the second came in 2008. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls, which is more than any other team. Yes, even the New England Patriots who have won five world championships.
Architecture and Views
One of the best parts about Heinz Field is the stunning view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline. The stadium is located right on Pittsburgh’s’ North Shore, sitting just off of the Allegheny River. It’s a traditional horseshoe-shaped stadium featuring roughly 70,000 seats, including 7,000 club seats and 120 luxury suites. There is also a massive video board in the end zone used for instant replay and in-game entertainment.
Steelers History All in One Place
Steelers fans also have the opportunity to explore The Great Hall. It’s an area showcasing an abundance of memorabilia from some of the most historic moments in Steelers’ history. It’s a must-see exhibit for any Steelers fan or football fan. The display includes timelines, computer stations that are equipped with video games, and 20-foot-high metallic structures in the shape of Super Bowl trophies.
Food at Heinz Field
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Heinz Field was recently named the sixth best stadium for food in the NFL. Heinz Field offers roughly 20 different concession stands throughout the stadium. Top suggestions include the Primanti Brothers sandwich or some Potato Patch fries.
Many remember Franco Harris’s role in the immaculate reception that led the Steelers to a stunning victory over the Oakland Raiders on New Year’s Eve in 1972. Harris has a restaurant in the stadium called Franco’s Pizzeria and you can get The Immaculate Pie. It’s a delicious pizza featuring pepperoni, hot sopressata, capicola, and fresh basil.
Experience the North Shore and All of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s North Shore is home to Heinz Field and PNC Park, and offers much more. While in town for a game you can grab a drink at Southern Tier Brewery, press your luck at the Rivers Casino, grab a bite to eat at Burgatory, or take a stroll on the Three Rivers Trail.
There are plenty of exciting neighborhoods like the Stript District, Shadyside, Lawrenceville, and Mount Washington just to name a few. Whether you like football, theater, or exploring all that nature has to offer, Pittsburgh is the place for you.