Heinz Field will have room for 3,000 more Terrible Towel twirlers in 2015.
In a statement released Monday on Steelers.com, team president Art Rooney II announced the expansion news, “We are pleased that an agreement with the SEA has been reached that will allow for the expansion of Heinz Field in the South Plaza. With the new general reserved seats, club seats and new high-definition scoreboard, we believe these additions will play an important part in making sure Heinz Field continues to be a state-of-the-art facility for our fans.
“With approximately 3,000 new seats being added, we will be able to provide many of our Waiting List fans the opportunity to become season ticket holders.”
While tax payers will not have to pay for the expansion, there will be a $1 surcharge on tickets starting in 2015.
According to Mark Belko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the SEA will float a bond issue to raise the funds for the project and the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to pay for it via a $2.1 million annual payment over a span of 16 years beginning in 2015.
Construction is expected to begin on the expansion at the conclusion of the 2014 season.