The Pittsburgh Steelers enter 2012 coming off of a disappointing playoff loss to the Denver Broncos. New offensive coordinator Todd Haley will have several weapons at his disposal; Ben Roethlisberger is an elite quarterback. His targets include Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Heath Miller. The offensive line is young and poised to develop into a force to be reckoned with; Maurkice Pouncey anchors a unit that will feature Marcus Gilbert and David DeCastro among others. The running back situation is unclear with injuries to Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman (stay tuned). On the other side of the ball, the Steelers feature a combination of youth and experience. Click here for the current depth chart.
Opposing teams typically dislike their experience at Heinz Field, but fans are almost certain to enjoy the game and their overall experience. Below is the Heinz Field Stadium Guide:
Stadium name: Heinz Field
Location: North Shore of Pittsburgh, PA
Maximum capacity: 65,050; click here for a seating chart.
Year built: Ground was broken June 18th, 1999, opening was August 25th, 2001
Parking: A new bonus for 2012 is the "park in the Golden Triangle ($5) and ride the T for free" feature. The Golden Triangle is located in downtown Pittsburgh and is located minutes form Heinz Field. Additionally, there is plenty of parking at Heinz Field and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Expect to pay anywhere from $10-$30. Click here for an extensive guide on Heinz Field Parking.
Food: Fans may bring their own food provided that it is sealed in a small plastic baggie. Additionally, fans may also bring their own non-alcoholic beverages as long as the beverage is in a plastic bottle that is 24 ounces or smaller. Below are the dining options inside of the stadium:
Club 33 Pub
First Down Fries
Goal Line Stand
Grid Iron Grill / Grid Iron Grill Express:
Quaker Steak and Lube
Red Zone Express
Beer: Iron City and conventional domestic offerings. Craft and specialty beers are offered at some of the restaurants.
Prohibited Items: Laser pointers, strollers, and coolers are among the prohibited items. Click here for a comprehensive list.
- · Heinz Field offers a designated driving program; registration is available at Gates A, B, and C.
- · Heinz Field is completely smoke free.
- · Heinz Field offers a Kids Connection registration process for the purpose of reuniting parents and children in the event that they become separated. Children are identified by wrist bands.
- · Heinz Field offers food selections for vegetarians, children and those on gluten free diets.
John Ciganik is a lifelong Steelers fan that grew up in the City of Pittsburgh rooting for his favorite team.