A trip around Heinz Field reveals the following:
- For the diehard football fan who appreciates the main course of a game with an ample side helping of history, Heinz Field is a small slice of Valhalla. A “Great Hall” on one side of the stadium salutes the often-glorious legacies of the Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh, both of whom have championship trophies on display. A museum-like display commemorates the Immaculate Reception, displays Steelers jerseys and uniforms from throughout their history — including a 1994 throwback featuring a civic crest that was worn as the league celebrated its 75th anniversary.
- But in the minds of some, the best part of this whole area is the Primanti Brothers concession located within a short toss of displays commemorating the Steelers’ Super Bowl wins. A half-hour later, my sandwich — garnished with the local favorite’s accessories of french fries and cole slaw — is now an increasingly distant, but nevertheless delicious, memory.
- On the banners that abut each end zone, the number “33″ is displayed — in quotes –in both corners. We’ve asked a few people around the press box about its meaning and haven’t found the answer. I’ve guessed that it somehow is tied to the year of the Steelers’ founding — 1933, when Art Rooney founded the franchise, then known as the Pittsburgh Pirates. (The team changed its nickname seven years later.) If you know the answer to this, please comment below and enlighten us all.
- There might not be a more scenic location in the NFL for a stadium, with downtown Pittsburgh sitting on the other side of the water and PNC Park located just a couple of blocks away. Everything in this town is black and gold — its teams, the bridges, even the logos and writing on the doors of police cruisers.
- The Broncos just left the field after concluding their warmups. Kickoff is less than 30 minutes away.