A testament to the history and grit of the original smash-mouth football franchise, the Pittsburgh Steelers call Heinz Field their home.
Breaking ground in 1999, the stadium opened in 2001 at a cost of $281 million. Designed by Bortles Sport Architecture (later incorporated into the Kansas City-based Populous firm), Heinz Field seats 68,400 fans with 129 executive seats.
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|Address:||100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212|
|Stadium Owner:||Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County|
|Operator:||Pittsburgh Steelers & University of Pittsburgh|
|Construction Cost:||$281 million|
|Structural Engineer:||Bliss & Nyitray, Inc|
|Playing Surface:||Kentucky bluegrass|
Seating is divided by the field directions. Concourse and video boards are above the North and South end zones, while two seating decks run along both sidelines. The upper deck’s protective roofing for some of the highest seating looks similar to the interlocking tines of a venus fly trap, making many passersby believe that the roof is retractable from a distance, but in actuality, there is no roof.
In the late 1990s city and state officials decided to give the Steelers and Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates their own stadiums. The two teams shared the legendary Three Rivers Stadium but it was more cost-efficient to give each team their own stadium than try to renovate. The Pirates got PNC Park and the Steelers took Heinz Field.
Heinz Field uses a large amount of glass on the side to fit in with the Pittsburgh skyline, but artificial stone to highlight traditional design. Steel is prominent, both through the exposed structural beams and as aestetic accents.
To maintain some of the history of the franchise from the old Three Rivers Stadium, Heinz Field incorporated The Great Hall, arguably the most history-driven concourses in the NFL. Ranging over 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2), the concourse floor is painted like the former stadium, with replicas of the franchise’s six Lombardi Trophies, lockers of Hall of Fame players for the franchise and murals celebrating the history of the sport. It was recognized by ESPN.com as the best concourse in an NFL stadium in 2007.
Heinz Field is one of the most recognized stadium interiors in the NFL thanks to the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. The third film in the Christian Bale Batman trilogy showed Heinz Field as the home of the fictional Gotham Rogues in a major scene from the movie. Other cultural moments include filming of television’s American Idol and The Bachelorette, home of the Pittsburgh Wine Festival and providing the finish line for the Pittsburgh Marathon.
In addition to hosting the Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, Heinz Field hosted two of the National Hockey League’s Winter Classics in 2011 and 2017. An average of 67,715 fans in the two games. Soccer has also been played at Heinz Field, but like Detroit and Tampa Bay, the NFL host cities have not translated to good crowds for the international game.
It does have better luck with concerts. Heinz Field is the largest outdoor venue in the area and uses a modified horseshoe approach by bringing the stage towards the end zones. It changes the seating from 29,333 fans to over 75,000. That amount was on May 18, 2019, by Garth Brooks and was the largest ticketed event in city history.
Pittsburgh Steelers Info
|Rivals:||Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns|
|Team Colours:||Black, Gold|
|Club Mascot:||Steely McBeam|
|Team Owner:||Rooney family|
|President:||Art Rooney II|
|Top Passing Leader:||Ben Roethlisberger|
|Top Rushing Leader:||Franco Harris|
|Top Points Scorer:||Gary Anderson|
|AV Leader:||Ben Roethlisberger|
|Winningest Coach:||Chuck Noll|
|Famous Players:||Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Polamalu, Jerome Bettis|
|Famous Coaches:||Mike Tomlin, Bill Cowher, Chuck Noll|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Heinz Field?
Pittsburgh Steelers play their home matches at Heinz Field.
What is the capacity of Heinz Field?
As of 2021 Heinz Field has an official seating capacity of 68,400 for Football matches.
When was Heinz Field opened?
Heinz Field officially opened in 2001 and is home to Pittsburgh Steelers
What is the ZIP code for Heinz Field?
The ZIP code for Heinz Field is 15212.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Heinz Field in 2021. Please visit the official website of Pittsburgh Steelers for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.