About Heinz Field
Pittsburgh is a city steeped in history and a welcoming metropolis that offers a wide range of activities and unique points of interest such as Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Mount Washington, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Andy Warhol Museum. To all sports enthusiasts, Pittsburgh offers Heinz Field, home to NFL’s Steelers and Panthers.
The History of Heinz Field
The Heinz Field opened its doors on August 18, 2001, in the North Shore area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The venue became the Steelers' new home after the demolition of Three Rivers Stadium. The field was named after the H. J. Heinz Company, the company that created Heinz 57.
The first official game ever played at the Heinz Field was a matchup between the Pittsburgh Panthers and East Tennessee State on September 1, 2001. However, the Steelers got their cleats dirty first, during a pre-season game against the Detroit Lions on August 25. The game was, of course, won by the Steelers who christened the stadium and boosted fan and players morale for the season.
Ever since 2001, Heinz Field has hosted many sporting events such as the NHL Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals in January 2011 and the soccer game between Manchester City and A.C. Milan in July 2014.
What’s So Special About Heinz Field?
On September 8, 2013, Heinz Field earned the record title for the quickest score in NFL history, after the Steelers scored a safety one second into the Steelers-Titans game. Records aside, Heinz Field is an impressive stadium that can accommodate 68,400 fans and 400 eateries. It was also home to the largest JumboTron scoreboard in all the NFL.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Heinz Field located?
Heinz Field is located along the Ohio River, in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
What kind of events does Heinz Field host?
Heinz Field events include soccer, football, concerts, hockey, and more.
Which team is playing at Heinz Field?
It primarily serves as the home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.
Where can I park for free at Heinz Field?
With a vast number of parking lots available, fans can pick and choose their perfect lot for Heinz Field events. You can opt for pre-paid parking or even cash payment lots, depending on your preferences. The lots vary in price, but generally speaking, the further away you park, the cheaper your spot will cost.
What is the seating capacity of Heinz Field?
The seating capacity of Heinz Field is 68,400.
Who owns Heinz Field?
The stadium is owned by the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
How do I get to Heinz Field using public transport?
Fans wishing to avoid the hassle of finding parking downtown don’t have to worry, as there are a number of public transport options for them to use. The city’s light rail, Port Authority, serves the station through the Allegheny station. The Port Authority’s regular bus services can take you to Heinz Field events. Even more, fans can take advantage of the free Light Rail Transit (or “T”) service. Just park by any T station, and get free service to and from the stadium!