The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional football team that compete in the North Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League. The team was founded in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates and was renamed in 1940 as the Steelers. The underwent two mergers during World War II due to player shortages, but emerged stronger after the war to make the playoffs for the first time in 1947. The team had little success after this time and it wasn’t until the AFL-NFL merger occurred in 1970 that the Steelers became a powerhouse team. Since this time they have won 6 Super Bowl Championships, which makes them the most successful team in NFL history! Let’s find out where the Steelers play their home games.
Where do the Pittsburgh Steelers play?
The Steelers play their home games at Heinz Field, which is located in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Construction for the stadium began in 1999 and it was opened in 2001 at a cost of $281 million. The stadium houses just over 65,000 spectators, which is about 500 more than the original capacity. The stadium has a natural grass surface and has been rated one of the best places to play football. Since it opened the naming rights have been owned by the Heinz Company, which is also located in Pittsburgh. Although the stadium is mostly used for Steelers games it is sometimes used for other events such as: NHL Winter Classic, college football and local concerts.
Before moving into Heinz Field the Steelers played for 30 years at the Three Rivers Stadium, which had a capacity of 59,000 for football games. This stadium was demolished in 2001. The Steelers have also played home games at Pitt Stadium (1942, 1958-69), Comiskey Park (1944), Shibe Park (1943) and Forbes Field (1933-1963).
Did you know?
The first event held at Heinz Field was an NSync concert in 2001.