|View from Mount Washington to Heinz Field (2005)|
|place||100 Art Rooney Avenue Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 15212
|owner||Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County|
University of Pittsburgh
|start of building||June 18, 1999|
|opening||August 18, 2001|
Natural grass ( Kentucky Bluegrass , 2001–2002, since 2009)
Hybrid grass (Desso GrassMaster, 2003–2008)
|costs||281 million US dollars (2001)|
|capacity||68,400 seats (football, since 2015)
65,500 seats (football, 2012–2014)
65,050 seats (football, 2006–2011)
64,450 seats (football, 2001–2005)
The Heinz Field (also known as Steelers Stadium ) is a football stadium in the American US city Pittsburgh in the state of Pennsylvania . It is located in the district of North Shore and the homestead is primarily Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL) and the NCAA - college football team the Pittsburgh Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh used (Pitt).
After the controlled demolition of the Three Rivers Stadium on February 11, 2001, the Heinz Field was built on the same site and opened on August 25, 2001. It was named after the local HJ Heinz Company , which acquired the naming rights in 2001. So far, among other sporting events, the NHL Winter Classic 2011 between the ice hockey teams of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals took place on January 1, 2011 at Heinz Field.
In conjunction with the PNC Park , home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the multi-purpose center David L. Lawrence Convention Center , Heinz Field was for 281 million dollars (now 404.9 million US dollars) financed. Located on the Ohio River on the north side of the city, the stadium was designed with Pittsburgh's past as a major steel producer in mind, with 12,000 tons of steel used in its construction. The foundation stone was laid in June 1999 and the first football game took place in September 2001. The first NFL game followed on October 7 with the conference derby Pittsburgh Steelers against Cincinnati Bengals . The natural turf surface of the field has been heavily criticized in the past, but these calls faded away after the consent of coaches and players.
So far, all 68,400 seats at every Steelers home game have been sold out, a streak that can be traced back to 1972 (a year before local broadcasts of home games in the NFL were allowed). A collection of historical memorabilia from Steelers and Panthers is located in the entrance area of the stadium. The Heinz Field served as the home field of the Gotham Rogues in the film The Dark Knight Rises . An estimated 15,000 unpaid extras filled the stadium during filming on August 6, 2011.
The Heinz Field at the NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2011