When you think of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of three images probably pops up in your head: cheesesteak sandwiches, steel, or football. And if you’re a fan of any of these things, then you’ll want to make your way over the Heinz Field on a game day. When the Pittsburgh Steelers take to the field, you’ll feel the excitement in the chilly air. Here’s everything you need to know before taking in a game at the iconic Heinz Field.
At A Glance:
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Who: Heinz Field is home to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Where: Heinz Field is located in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Construction on Heinz Field began in 1999, and the stadium was officially opened in 2001 to replace Three Rivers Stadium, the previous home of the Steelers, which had been intentionally imploded. Naming rights immediately went to the local H.J. Heinz Company. Though Heinz merged with Kraft in 2015, they chose to keep the original Heinz name for the field. The stadium has a total seating capacity of 68,400. But its large size doesn’t seem to be a problem for ticket sales; the Steelers have sold out every home game since 1972.
Heinz Field was built with Pittsburgh’s history of steel production firmly in mind; over 12,000 tons of steel were incorporated into its design. However, the design firm (HOK Sport) also wanted to maintain a modern feeling throughout the space, which is why there is so much rock and glass throughout the concourse. The glass panels allow for sweeping views of Pittsburgh while making an intentional nod to progress and forward motion, away from the steel production of the past.
The field isn’t only used for NFL games. It’s also been the host to American Idol auditions (2011), the Pittsburgh marathon runners (2002), the National Hockey League Winter Classic (2010), and numerous concerts, including Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, N’Sync, and LeAnn Rimes.
- Heinz Field is also home to the Pittsburgh Panthers of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
- Heinz Field uses a natural grass turf. Players and managers have continuously petitioned to keep the grass despite some backlash from fans who want artificial turf.
- The 2005 Pittsburgh Wine Festival was held at Heinz Field. Over 2,000 people attended.
- Heinz Field has 3 Club Lounges. The East and West Club are each 45,000 square feet, and the North Club offers 20,000 square feet of space for fans.
- The video board in the South End Zone represent the pinnacle of technology. The 27’ high 96’ wide screen can be divided into 24 individual screens to show team stats, stadium info, etc.
- Front row seats in the end zone are only 25 feet from the playing field. Seats on the sidelines are only 60 feet away.
- Throughout Heinz Field, there are 60 murals of local high school football teams who have won WPIAL or City League Football Championship games.
1,544 of the 68,400 seats at Heinz Field are inside of the 129 luxury suites. There are 300-level, 400-level, and Champion’s Club suites. Suites come with 12 tickets with the ability to purchase 6 more. Suites include private restrooms, VIP parking, and in-suite attendants. They’re decked out in leather seats and steel appliances with gorgeous views of Pittsburgh and the playing field.
Food & Drinks:
Food services at Heinz Field are managed by Aramark. With 47 concessions stands, you’re bound to find something you love. Fan favorites at Heinz Field include Hebrew National hot dogs, hot smoked sausage, bratwurst, hamburgers, chicken breast sandwiches, french fries, peanuts, and Cajun nuts. If you’re in the mood for something less traditional, you can head over to Benkovitz Seafood for fish and chips or fish sandwiches.
What To Do When You Visit:
Go shopping: Heinz Field has 7 novelty stores, including the Steelers’ merchandise store.
Take a tour: Heinz Field tours are available from April to October.
Visit the Great Hall: Take some time before or after the game to explore Pittsburgh’s history in this 40,000 square foot Museum/Hall of Fame exhibit. Some of the highlights include lockers and bleachers from Three Rivers Stadium (the Steelers’ original stadium), and replicas of the Steelers’ Super Bowl trophies. Just make sure you plan for the visit; the FedEx Great Hall is only open from April through October because of its open-air layout.
- For full parking details, you can visit Heinz Field’s extensive parking guide, which covers everything from water limos to how early you should arrive for the games.
- Parking is available at Heinz Field in the Golden Triangle and North Shore lots.
- If you prefer mass transit, you can take the T to Heinz Field.
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