Acrisure Stadium (Heinz Field)
|1,500 (in 129 skyboxes) (VIP seats)|
|6,600 (Business seats)|
|Country||United States of America|
|Construction||06.1999 - 07.2001|
|Design||Populous, WTW Architects|
|Contractor||Hunt Construction, Mascaro|
|Address||100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5721|
Acrisure Stadium – stadium description
Construction of the stadium began in mid-1999, when the old Three Rivers Stadium was still standing nearby, before being imploded. Some 12,000 tons of steel were used to build the stands and besides structural role the steel is also a distinctive aesthetic element of the ground, as wished by Pittsburgh Steelers owners. They asked HOK Sport (now Populous) to make the steel industry history visible in the new stadium’s identity.
Construction took almost exactly two years. More controversy was raised by the budget of $281 million, covered from public funds. Despite the stadium formally still being public property, it was transferred to Steelers and Panthers management after opening. And despite two football teams being hosts here, the ground was opened with a live concert by ‘N Sync.
The stadium has stands from three sides, with south end being left open to the Ohio River and downtown panorama. That end was used for temporary expansions for largest events and is the site of potential permanent expansion in the future.
The naming rights were acquired by food processing giant Heinz in 2001. The deal, worth some $57 million, lasts until 2021. Ten years more is the minimum tenancy for NFL-franchsie Steelers.
USA: Three Rivers Stadium’s 30 years of football excellence
Last year marked exactly 20 years since the demolition of the previous home of two major professional sports leagues franchises from Pittsburgh, the Pirates of the MLB and Steelers from the NFL. It is a good occasion to remind ourselves of the history of this remarkable facility.
USA: Paul Brown Stadium to acquire a new sponsor?
Cincinnati Bengals’ home is about to change its name. The NFL team is closing in on a deal to change the venue’s naming rights. It is worth mentioning that it is the first sponsorship deal in the stadium’s history.
USA: 20 years and it’s over for Heinz Field
Since the NFL-playing Pittsburgh Steelers moved into their new facility in 2001, it has always been named Heinz Field. After two decades there has been a change - starting from this season the facility will thus be called Acrisure Stadium.
USA: One-year extension of naming rights at Heinz Field
Pittsburgh based NFL stadium will keep its name through the 2021 season. A 20-year naming rights deal with Kraft Heinz Company has been just extended. But only for one year.
COVID-19 crisis: Growing uncertainty over NFL season
With just 2 months to go, reopening of the economy is being reversed as COVID-19 infections are through the roof in some states. Instead of rumours about full stadia it again seems more likely that NFL will be played behind closed doors.
USA: Players and coaches with microphones?
In an attempt to bring more fans to NFL games, the league authorities are planning to plant microphones onto players and coaches, allowing everyone to hear what they say. According to Sports Business Journal, it’s a matter of a couple upcoming seasons.
USA: What’s better for matchday experience than a camera in the changing rooms?
American Football league NFL continues its efforts to compete with TV broadcasting. In another attempt to get fans off their couches and into the stands, the league has just mandated… changing room cameras.
USA: Bar-type standing terraces growing in the NFL?
An executive of the NFL predicts that future stadiums may be less about watching the game and more about a bar-type atmosphere of special decks with standing room. LA Times and NBC report.