|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|
Description: Heinz Field
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: 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.