Ten years ago, Pittsburgh opened up a new football stadium which would allow them to generate enough revenue to compete in the NFL. The Steelers kept their promise, spending millions on their own players as well as others, and their strategy paid off.
Heinz Field, the Steelers home since 2001, has been a great success for the team.
The Steelers have never had a losing record at Heinz Field, going 58-21 as well as one memorable tie. While it may not have the mystique that Three Rivers Stadium had, the Steelers have also been very successful in the postseason at home with a 7-3 record.
Pittsburgh exercised some playoff demons winning their first AFC Championship game at home since defeating the Indianapolis Colts at Three Rivers in 1996.
In fact, Pittsburgh has hosted four AFC Championship games in the Heinz Field era and has won the past two.
Many fans still have nostalgic feelings about Three Rivers Stadium. The 1970’s era with the “Steel Curtain” defense and Hall of Fame players. The “Blitzburgh” defense of the mid-1990’s. The crowd noise.
Heinz Field may not have the history, yet, but it has had its fair share of great players, outstanding plays, memorable games, and yes, it can get pretty loud too.
Who can forget the beginning at Heinz Field being postponed due to the events of September 11th?
Heinz Field was suppose to be the stadium that Kordell Stewart built. Instead it was the one that saw his Steelers career end.
Myron Cope called his final game here and was honored with the famous Terrible Towel waves.
Ben Roethlisberger began his illustrious career at Heinz Field while no one could stop Jerome Bettis on his farewell tour, not even Brian Urlacher.
Heinz Field may be the only stadium where the field surface is talked about as much as the games. Understandable, a ball did get lodged into the swamp on one particularly rainy evening.
A place that made the song “Renegade” famous and one where their star receiver, Hines Ward, hits just as hard as their famed linebackers, with a smile on his face of course.
Football games have been played here at the pro, college and high school level. So has a professional hockey game in a “classic” match.
Millions of fans have filled the sea of gold seats with black and gold jerseys. Sometimes they have left angry. Other times sad and depressed.
It was the stadium that made you never want to listen Soak Up the Sun again and one where everyone sang in unison, “Here we go Steelers, here we go. Pittsburgh’s going to the Super Bowl!”
But there have been more great memories than bad ones. Memories that have brought joy and happiness to players, coaches and fans. Memories that left you slapping fives and giving hugs to complete strangers.
Heinz Field is a special place that has only begun to provide memories for a generation of Steelers fans and there are many more to come.
In honor of a decade at Heinz Field, here is a list of the top 25 most memorable games played at the stadium.