STADIUM DUDE’S NFL STADIUM RANK: #11
- Location: Pittsburgh, PA
- Opened 2001
- Capacity: 68,400
- Football Weather Misery Index: 57.3 (20th best of 23 outdoor venues)
- Games Attended: 1
- Last Visited: 2018
Heinz Field is a steel-reinforced building that reflects the city’s blue collar ethos. There’s nothing too flashy here. It lacks artifice as exemplified by the grass field that often gets muddy given Pittsburgh’s lousy weather. While the stadium affords some majestic views of the city, its most known for the 66,000 Yinzers waving those Terrible Towels.
You’ll likely need to get your ticket on the secondary market since the team has sold out every game in the stadium’s history. In fact, it’s sold out every home game since 1972. Sightlines are great, and the crowd is loud and knowledgeable.
Despite being a centrally-located stadium, Steeler fans set up tailgates in the nearby lots and garages pre-game. A few local boat charters even offer an open-bar sailgate that anchor on the Allegheny River to help you lubricate for the game. Post-game, the myriad of bars along the North Shore get busy with fans likely celebrating another Steeler win.
Once inside, enjoy one of the trifecta of Pittsburgh blue-collar delicacies from Primanti Brothers (killer fries-and-slaw-in the-sandwich, among the best concession in sports), Benkovitz Seafoods (fish and chips), or Quaker Steak & Lube (wings). Look for the FedEx Great Hall, a shrine to the success of one of the NFL’s flagship franchises. Amongst the displays are a History of the Terrible Towel; a section devoted to the Immaculate Reception; the actual lockers of several Steeler greats; and salutes to each of the six Super Bowl winning teams.
The Steelers are one of the most respected franchises in American sports. Their facility reflects that.