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.
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 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
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
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."
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.
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".
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Pittsburgh Sports Stadiums (past and present),
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Wikipedia: Heinz Field.
Other Events 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
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
Thanks to Doug Brendel for creating the four-ballpark image.