Diehard Pittsburgh Steelers ticket buyers wept when their iconic stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, closed its doors at the turn of the 21st century. The place that had been home to the iconic Steel Curtain—arguably the greatest dynasty in the history of the sport—was being replaced by a brand new stadium named after a ketchup company. Well, little did they know that Heinz Field would quickly establish its own fabled legacy in such a short span of time.
Heinz Field is less than a decade old, but it already has witnessed two Super Bowl championship teams, three NFC championship teams, seven division titles, and nine postseason berths. The Steelers of the new millennium, first under head coach Bill Cowher and then under his successor Mike Tomlin, are one of the most consistent and distinguished franchises in the league. Longtime starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown portend big things for Pittsburgh in 2015 as well.
When considering Heinz Field as a live destination, the fan experience is the number one selling point. This crowd loves the Steelers, and produce one of the loudest and most exhilarating home crowd vibes imaginable. You’ve no doubt seen footage on television of 60,000 yellow ‘terrible towels’ being waved in unison, and a crowd covered in black and gold. Like its predecessor, Heinz Field is right on the rivers, allowing fans to walk around the whole stadium and take in Pittsburgh’s understated but unquestionably beautiful cityscape. If you’re worried about drinking and driving to and from the game, don’t. There’s plenty of public transportation available, including the ferry (how many stadiums offer that?). And its food and beverage offerings are both immense in variety and extremely affordable. Their rare mix of low price and high quality earned them a rare five out of five stars from Stadium Journey in 2014.