Get to Know the Venue: Heinz Field

When the puck drops tonight at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, the Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers will officially be the first venue to host a Winter Classic and a Stadium Series game. Not much has changed at this modern football stadium on the confluence of the Allegheny and Mohongahela Rivers to form the mighty Ohio River since opening in 2001, however there have been additions at Heinz Field since the 2011 Winter Classic. The temporary seating that was built on the South End Zone specifically for the Winter Classic was replaced in 2015 with a mixture of permanent seats and luxury seats that are close to the field. The PNC Champions Club was built in the same vein as the Optum Field Club at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to give Steeler fans an exclusive seating area that is close to the field. There is still an openess on the South End as a new deck behind the scoreboard was constructed so that fans who have seats in that area still get to take a look at the Golden Triangle and Point State Park, a view that originally had to be seen from the entrance ramps on the southwest and southeast ends of the stadium. A new jumbotron was installed on the northwest end of the stadium in 2014 to enhance fan experience. With the seating expansion between club/south end seating, Heinz Field’s capacity for tonight’s Stadium Series game will actually be more than the Winter Classic that was held here six years ago. The architecture that surround the rink is based on the three arch bridges that surround the confluence of the Three Rivers: the West End Bridge to the southwest, the Fort Duquesne Bridge to the northeast, and the Fort Pitt Bridge to the southeast.

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