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Steelers agree to deal to expand Heinz Field

Youngstown State Pittsburgh Football AP

The Steelers have one of the best home-field advantages in the league.

And now they’re going to have more of it.

After a long negotiation between the team and local politicians, they’ve agreed on a deal to finance the construction of 3,000 new seats at Heinz Field, according to Mark Belko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Fans will feel a small pinch, with an extra $1 surcharge on Steelers tickets, and a $2 to $3 bump in parking in nearby lots.

If a deal can be finalized soon, construction could start after the season, allowing the new seats and an added scoreboard to be in place for the start of next season.

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28 Responses to “Steelers agree to deal to expand Heinz Field”
  1. dexterismyhero says: Sep 14, 2012 12:14 PM

    Add 3k seats and a scoreboard and tickets & parking goes up?

  2. rc33 says: Sep 14, 2012 12:15 PM

    Just ask Tebow to install them. If he gets started Saturday morning I’m sure he’ll have ‘em in by kickoff Sunday afternoon.

  3. lbpackfan says: Sep 14, 2012 12:16 PM

    Awesome! Congrats to the Steelers. I can’t wait for the Pack to play out there again…definitely making the trip.

  4. joemammy says: Sep 14, 2012 12:17 PM

    Maybe the Rooneys should ask Jerry Jones to help with the expanded seating design and installation…

  5. codysteeler says: Sep 14, 2012 12:21 PM

    Where will the seats be added?

  6. mazblast says: Sep 14, 2012 12:26 PM

    In the days of my childhood, you could walk up to the ticket booth at Pitt Stadium on game day and buy a ticket on the 20-yard-line, sometimes better. The idea of needing more capacity was absurd.

    Considering how awful the Steelers were back then, thank goodness one has to wait on a waiting list and pay dearly for a ticket now.

  7. ravenator says: Sep 14, 2012 12:30 PM

    It does not matter how many seats they add they will still be bottom dwellers in the AFC North

  8. smacklayer says: Sep 14, 2012 12:39 PM

    Just another reason to stay at home and watch it on TV. That $4 more dollars will get me another 6 pack of Coors Light that I can drink while laying in my bed with my wife watching football. Honestly does it get any better than that?

  9. rockthered1286 says: Sep 14, 2012 12:41 PM

    @ravenator- just shut up.

    Also why is the focus on seats when their field should be the biggest concern? One of the worst in the NFL.

  10. gunpowderjones says: Sep 14, 2012 12:43 PM

    The Steelers would need a map to find the bottom of the AFC North.

  11. mazblast says: Sep 14, 2012 12:59 PM

    While the Ravens are clearly the favorite to win the division, until it actually happens I don’t think you should put the Steelers any lower than second. Third, if you’re a typically delusional Bengal fan. Fourth, uh, no, not until the Browns improve drastically.

  12. schmitty2 says: Sep 14, 2012 12:59 PM

    How about spending that money on a field that holds up for the entire season?

  13. onbucky96 says: Sep 14, 2012 1:04 PM

    They could start with not having high school and college games there, that would help the field of play. They should also fix that large hole in the field…

  14. steelmeats says: Sep 14, 2012 1:16 PM

    Are people seriously complaining about a $1 surcharge and 2-3 dollars additional to park? If $4 is a deal breaker than you have no business attending a game in the first place. Regardless of the team or sporting event

  15. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 14, 2012 1:17 PM

    smacklayer says: Just another reason to stay at home and watch it on TV. That $4 more dollars will get me another 6 pack of Coors Light that I can drink while laying in my bed with my wife watching football. Honestly does it get any better than that?

    You do realize that you have just opened yourself up for a HUGE amount of “Coors Light” and “Your Wife” abuse from the jokers on this board, don’t you?

    Duck and cover, man

  16. mazblast says: Sep 14, 2012 1:17 PM

    schmitty2, that is an excellent point. I don’t know what efforts have been were made in that area this past off-season, but the turf has been an embarrassment and a potential disaster for several years.

  17. rjg427 says: Sep 14, 2012 1:27 PM

    I love how the current ticketholders have to pay more..for what? so the steelers can eventually earn more revenue with the extra 3000 seats, or for the current ticketholders to now have to deal with 3000 extra fans..

    why is this expansion at all the ticketholders’ responsibility?

  18. chief67 says: Sep 14, 2012 1:34 PM

    They didn`t figure that out when they built the place about 10 years ago ?

  19. mazblast says: Sep 14, 2012 1:35 PM

    I don’t know about the HS games, but they have a very tight contract with Pitt.

  20. mazblast says: Sep 14, 2012 1:38 PM

    rjg,

    Someone has to pay for it (we’re not talking about the federal government here), and for once it’s not the taxpayers. I don’t think current ticket holders will mind a small increase, and if they do and choose to not renew their season tickets, there are plenty of people on the waiting list who will pay the extra amount.

  21. schmitty2 says: Sep 14, 2012 1:43 PM

    smacklayer says:Sep 14, 2012 12:39 PM

    Just another reason to stay at home and watch it on TV. That $4 more dollars will get me another 6 pack of Coors Light that I can drink while laying in my bed with my wife watching football. Honestly does it get any better than that?

    You might want to actually go to the games after that comment and try and earn back your man card

  22. dirtyvu says: Sep 14, 2012 2:28 PM

    how does this make sense??? the fans are expected to pay more so that more people can sit in the stands and have even more money fill the coffers of the owners???

    hey owners, if you want to be richer, you fit the bill…

  23. varnbo says: Sep 14, 2012 2:54 PM

    Someone tell me again why the Rooney’s aren’t paying for this. Whose pockets will the money from the extra seats end up in?

    They got a great deal on Heinz Field, all of the developmental rights to the property around Heinz Field, 13mil from Fast Eddy for their little concert venue, and now the public has to cough up more cash to Ambassador Rooney and his family.

    If they want more seats let them pay for it!

  24. vincentbojackson says: Sep 14, 2012 6:24 PM

    Probably long overdue when you consider the Steelers have sold out every home game since 1972.

  25. vincentbojackson says: Sep 14, 2012 6:29 PM

    dirtyvu says:
    how does this make sense??

    hey owners, if you want to be richer, you fit the bill…

    —————————

    Don’t want to pay for it? Don’t buy a ticket. There are thousands currently on the Steelers season ticket waiting list. Nobody is putting a gun to anyone’s head here.

    Google the term “supply and demand” if you’re still having trouble grasping the concept.

  26. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 15, 2012 10:07 AM

    Even before the football venue was even built, the Rooneys had said that an upgraded facility was needed in order to keep the team competitive.
    The Rooneys have lived up to their end of the bargain.
    Because of luxury boxes and a larger home audience, the Rooneys have been able to keep a pretty good defense intact, resulting in three AFC championships and two Super Bowl wins.

  27. paintball122423 says: Sep 17, 2012 12:55 AM

    Why not just go all out and re do the whole stadium it might make it a lot better make more advanced

  28. footballfan says: Sep 17, 2012 11:37 AM

    With the way the Steelers continue to draw in the rabid fans, I doubt that the extra $40 a year the season ticket holder will have to pay is going to make a difference. Something tells me they wont be dipping too deep into their waiting list. Selling out every home game since 1972 and helping several other teams every season sell out games is pretty damn impressive to me.

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