Ben Roethlisberger: Home will always be Heinz Field

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Heinz Field is no more and one player who spent his entire career playing home games there isn’t ready to embrace the name change to Acrisure Stadium.

Former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played his final home game last season in what turned out to be Heinz Field’s swan song as well. On Monday, Roethlisberger joined a chorus of others on social media who said that they don’t plan to start using the new name for the building.

“I can’t believe it, it doesn’t seem right or real!” Roethlisberger wrote. “Home will always be Heinz Field! I will never forget the last game, and all the amazing fans at FOREVER HEINZ!”

The Steelers aren’t changing stadiums and one imagines that they won’t be making severe changes to the look of the building, which likely means plenty of people will continue to call it Heinz Field for years to come. That might not be what Acrisure is looking for as they spend $10 million a year for the naming rights, but it wouldn’t be the first time that such a change failed to capture the imagination of the home crowd.

12 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: Home will always be Heinz Field

  1. People are very sentimental about the Heinz name and what it means to the city of Pittsburgh. But in all honesty, that’s from a bygone era and all it is, is a brand at this point. They’re not going to rename the stadium Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital Stadium after who actually owns Heinz now. The Heinz Red Zone gimmick was pretty sweet though.

  2. “On one hand, tradition and a local connection. On the other hand, money. Money money money!” — Acrisure Steelers Co., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands

  3. For us Steeler fans, I’m sure it will always be Heinz Field. For everyone else, I’m sure it won’t even be thought about. Most of these stadiums have some corporate name and unless it is your favorite team, nobody really remembers the corporate stadium names usually. In the grand scheme of things it isn’t an issue.

  4. Years from now someone will ask the question, who was the last QB to play on Heinz Field.

  5. Changing the sponsorship does nothing to change the name. The TD Garden is still called The Boston Garden by locals decades after the original building has been torn down.

  6. I have to wonder if anyone has ever had their spending influenced vy the name of a stadium. I mean seriously I’ve never been inspired to buy a Ford instead of a Toyota because I saw a Lions game at Ford field

  7. Big Ben was seen pouring out a bottle of ketchup on the sidewalk as a sign of respect.

  8. Ben should have made up the difference, hell he could have had a fund drive and made a profit.

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