3,000 Seats To Be Added To Heinz Field For 2015 Season

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.

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  • WilliamSekinger

    Well well well. Guess the SEA was wrong about it’s legal obligations for future expansions. They were dead set against providing any new money for expansion 2 years ago. The Rooneys threatened to sue and lo and behold there is a new agreement.

  • Matt Manzo

    Is anyone concerned after last years attendance? There were too many empty seats. There’s not gonna be 3000 more empties, are there?!

  • tiredofallthis

    So why do the season ticket holders get stuck with a $1/ticket surcharge to help pay for the new seats? That’s on top of a $5/ticket increase for this season, after two medicore seasons. When the 3000 seats are available for the 2015 season, they will generate an additional $2.7 million in extra revenue per season for the Steelers (assuming $90 per ticket X 10 games X 3000 seats). Are the Steelers going to share that with the existing season ticket holders? Of course not, so why should the season ticket holders pay a surcharge to finance the new seats? Just pure greed on the part of the Rooneys.

    By the way, that doesn’t take into account the seat license fees the Steelers will surely charge. At $2000 per seat license (which is a low estimate) the Steelers get another $6 million. Which makes the $1/ticket surcharge just that much more egregious.

  • Iron Cadet

    The steelers have sold out every home game since 1972. No I’m not worried about attendance

  • WilliamSekinger

    Wow. A $5 / ticket increase last year and a $1 increase this year and you are complaining? Your stated stated reason you are upset is these increases come after 2 mediocre seasons. But, if ticket prices were tied to the performance of the team you should of had hefty increases after 2005, 2008, and 2010. Instead season ticket holders enjoyed no increase at all.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s right! It wasn’t sales though it was people actually showing up for the game or not selling their tickets if they weren’t, right?

  • tiredofallthis

    You’re obviously not a season ticket holder, or you would know that the Steelers have been raising their ticket prices all along. I estimate that my season tickets have gone up by 33% or more over the past 7 or 8 years. My point is that the Steelers are the only ones who are going to benefit from the revenue (seat licenses and ticket sales) from the 3,000 new seats, so why do season ticket holders have to help pay for those new seats?

  • ScottBB

    Great! Another 300 people who will either no show or sit there on their hands all game. Heinz field might be the quietest crowd in the NFL