Steeler Nation, as we all know the waiting list to become a Pittsburgh Steelers season ticket holder is long and many have been on the list for almost two decades .Those fans just received some great news!
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced today that they have begun plans to build 2,500-3,000 additional seats in the South Plaza of Heinz Field for the 2015 season.
Steelers President Art Rooney II spoke about the plans on Steelers.com , here is some of what he had to say…
Steelers President Art Rooney II: “The South Plaza project is in the final design phase, our architects are making final decisions in terms of locations of seats and numbers of seats, and things like that. There are basically two categories of seats. There are going to be some club seats and then there will be general reserved seats. These will all be full seats. These will not be bleacher seats.”
“We’re going to be raising the South Plaza, so from the standpoint of being able to watch the game from the South Plaza this will actually be a better location. It will be a little higher up,I think this is going to be a very popular part of Heinz Field, this South Plaza area. It’ll be one level up from where it is today. It will be accessible from both sides of the stadium. It also will have a great view out to the river and to the Point, and so I think it’s going to be a great area.
“The club seats will start at the bottom and go up through the middle of the construction project, but the majority of the club seats will be at the field level. They’ll be what we would consider to be a field club kind of area that we’re now seeing in a lot of different stadiums around the league.”
The plan is to offer those who have been on the waiting list first shot at becoming season ticket holders. Steelers President Art Rooney II spoke about those fans…
Steelers President Art Rooney II: “We are in the process of notifying the oldest part of the waiting list that there’s going to be an opportunity, potentially, to buy seat licenses and become season ticket-holders,that process is going to go on over the summer, and so it’s going to be a busy summer.”
“The plan always was to sell these seats to fans on the waiting list, we have some people who have been on the waiting list since 1995, and obviously we’d like to try to give those people an opportunity. They’ve been on the waiting list for a long time and have been very loyal, and so if we can offer them an opportunity to become season ticket-holders we’d like to try and do that.”
The value of many seat licences has quintupled since Heinz Field opened back in the 2001 season. So the price for these licence won’t come cheap.
The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to have the seat project done and in place by the 2015 season,at that time the Heinz Field existing capacity of 65,500 could reach up to as high as 68,500.
Steelers President Art Rooney II: “The goal at this point is to complete the design this summer, and be under construction immediately after the 2014 season, which we hope is in February,” said Rooney. “It’s a tight time frame, and we are looking at whether we need to phase any part of it – we’ll be evaluating that as we go through final design. We hope and expect that all the pieces will fall into place so that the majority, if not all, of the project can be completed by the 2015 season.”
You can read more on this story at Steelers.com
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