Heinz Field
The Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Heinz Field at night

The Pittsburgh Steelers moved into their new home at Heinz Field in 2001. The stadium was built next to Three Rivers Stadium in 2000, and stood silently as the old stadium crumbled to the ground on February 11, 2001. This state-of-the-art complex gave the Rooney family and the Pittsburgh Steelers the means necessary to remain financially viable in the ever-fickle world of NFL football, not to mention presenting another startling scenic addition to the city landscape.

The inaugural game at Heinz Field - 2001

Heinz Field is loaded with additional attractions to add a little luxury to the experience of going to a football game. The Great Hall on the lower level is a museum dedicated to the history of Pittsburgh Steeler and Pitt Panther football. From inside the stadium, the view of the city skyline is breathtaking, especially at night.

The Great Hall at Heinz Field

The complex is also home to the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, in addition to being the site of the WPIAL High School championship football games. The field is a mixture natural and synthetic turf, and is in many ways a throwback to the golden days of NFL football, with all the amenities of 21st century technology.

Art Rooney Monument at Heinz Field

A statue of Art Rooney, founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a man revered by the City, sits outside Heinz Field. It is the only monument on the complex and one of only two remaining relics from Three Rivers Stadium. The other is the Gate D spire standing in the background.

Heinz Field

Heinz Field is a wonderful addition to the north shore. The Rooney family, the City of Pittsburgh and the Steeler Nation had high hopes that their beloved men in Black and Gold could once again rise to the top of the NFL by bringing home a fifth Super Bowl triumph, the elusive "One for the Thumb."

Heinz Field    Heinz Field

In 2005, after a twenty-six year wait, led by Coach Bill Cowher, Jerome "The Bus" Bettis, Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward and "Big Ben" Roethlisberger, the Steelers added the Roman Numerals XL to their list of championships (IX-X-XIII-XIIII-XL), along with a glimmering new Lombardi Trophy.

Five Lombardi Trophies (P-G photo)        Five Super Bowl Rings

Another Super Bowl triumph followed under Coach Mike Tomlin in February 2009 (Super Bowl XLIII), bringing the Steelers grand total to six, the most of any NFL team up to that point. The championship added an exclamation point to a new era of success at Heinz Field and ushered in a new age of prosperity for professional sports in the city. Along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who captured the 2009 Stanley Cup Trophy four months later, the City of Pittsburgh was once again honored with the title "City of Champions".

Super Bowl XLIII Championship Ring

For More Interesting Facts on Pittsburgh Sports Stadiums (past and present),
visit
Fun Facts About Pittsburgh's Ball Parks.

Wikipedia: Heinz Field.

Other Events at Heinz Field

U2 Stage at Heinz Field

Heinz Field is also home to several other events, like concerts and festivals. In July, 2011, the Irish rock band U2 brought their massive stage and rocked the 'Burgh with their presentation in-the-round. The show was a sellout, and thousands of other fans lined the north shore to get a taste of rock 'n roll history.

The Four Ballparks on the North Shore

Exposition Park
The four stadiums that have occupied the north shore since 1890. Exposition Park stood until 1915.
Three Rivers was there from 1968 to 2001. The current stadiums, PNC Park and Heinz Field,
were both built in 2000. Each of the stadiums has a rich Pittsburgh sports history.
Thanks to Doug Brendel for creating the four-ballpark image.

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