The Pittsburgh Steelers
are considered one of the greatest franchises in NFL history thanks to their league leading six Super Bowl victories and the culture of the franchise, which is owned by the Rooneyfamily.
In addition to their success, the Steelers also have a rich history when it comes to their stadiums, which is why we are taking a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers stadium history
The first stadium the Steelers ever played in was Forbes Field, a stadium they shared with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1933 to 1963. The stadium was originally built for the Pirates in 1909, but the franchisesdecided to share the stadium because the Steelers were still new and hadn’testablished a fan base at the time.
After their 30-year stay at Forbes Field, the Steelers moved to Pitt Stadium, which was the home of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football team. This stadium was also shared with the Pirates. Their time inPitt Stadium didn’t last too long as the team started the construction of a newstadium in 1968, and moved into their brand new stadium in 1970.
Three Rivers Stadium
The new stadium was named Three Rivers Stadium because it was built where the Allegheny River and Monongahela River joined to form the Ohio. The Stadium, which cost $55 million to build, was once again shared by the Piratesand Steelers. The stadium would quickly become one of the most iconic stadiumsin sports due to the levels of success the franchises enjoyed.
The Pirates, who had won a World Series in 1960, won two more championships in 1971 and 1979. The Steelers, who had never won an NFL championship, won four Super Bowls in the 1970s, quickly becoming the premierfranchise in the NFL.
Three Rivers Stadium was also unique because it was a multi-purpose stadium with convertible movable seats that were changed during the football and baseball season. The stadium was also known for being acolorful stadium, and it could fit 59,000 people during the football season.
The Allegheny Club was a restaurant in the Stadium that could fit up to 300 people, who had a great view of the action taking place onthe field, which is why it was one of the most popular features in the stadium.
The Steelers shared Three Rivers Stadium with the Pirates until the end of the 2000 season. The stadium was demolished in 2001.
The Steelers opened up the 2001 season in their brand new stadium, Heinz Field
. This time around, they didn’t share the Stadium with the Pirates, who would go on to build their own stadium, PNC Park.
can sit up to 65,000 people, and includes 120 luxury suites and 7,000 club seats. At the time it opened, Heinz Field
was one of the most advanced stadiums in the NFL. Even though there are plenty of newerstadiums in the league, it is still considered one of the best in the league.
The Steelers haven’t has as much success at Heinz Field
as they did at Three Rivers Stadium, but they have won two Super Bowls, and coulda dd another one or two soon because they have one of the best teams in the NFL.