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Three Rivers Stadium

Three Rivers Stadium
Image by Al Bello/Allsport

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Address 600 Stadium Circle
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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  The Facility  
Date Opened July 16, 1970
Date Closed December 16, 2000
Date Demolished February 11, 2001
Ownership
(Management)
City of Pittsburgh
(City of Pittsburgh)
Surface Tartan Turf
(1970-1982)
AstroTurf
(1983-2000)
Cost of Construction $55 Million
Stadium Architect Deeter Ritchy Sipple,
Michael Baker, Jr.
and Osborn Engineering
General
Contractors /
Construction Managers
Huber, Hunt & Nichols
Joint Venture with Mascaro
Capacity 59,594
Baseball 47,971
Luxury Suites 110 loge boxes
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Pittsburgh Steelers
(NFL) (1970-2000)
Pitt Panthers
(NCAA) (2000)
Pittsburgh Pirates
(MLB) (1970-2000)
Pittsburgh Maulers
(USFL) (1984)
Population Base 2,200,000
On Site Parking 5,086
Nearest Airport Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Championships 1st

IX
1974
2nd

X
1975
3rd

XIII
1978
4th

XIV
1979

Pitt Championships 1st
1915
2nd
1916
3rd
1918
4th
1929
5th
1931
6th
1934
7th
1936
8th
1937
9th
1976

Sources: Mediaventures

Three Rivers Stadium

"Cozy is not a word most folks would use to describe Three Rivers Stadium, which has the uninspiring concrete-and-steel ambience of those circa 1970 stadiums. But this is Pittsburgh, a town concrete and steel helped build, and somehow the hardnosed Steeler fans and their no-nonsense team match up well with this arena.

Set at the confluence of the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela Rivers, Three Rivers Stadium holds fond memories for Steeler fans. The Steelers had been a perennially mediocre squad since their founding as the Pirates in 1933, but the move to Three Rivers in 1970 seemed to signal a turn around. In 1972, anchored by the feared Steel Curtain, the team captured its first division title, and before the decade was over the names Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris and Jack Lambert became synonymous with greatness.

The atmosphere remains highly charged, much as it was during the Steelers' heyday. Banners saluting individual players and the team's black-and-gold jerseys with numbers commemorating star players from the glory years, like No. 32 for Franco Harris and No. 58 for Jack Lambert. The crowd is pure Pittsburgh, a shot-and-beer kind of town that's not for the faint of heart."

As written by The Sports Staff of USA TODAY in "The Complete Four Sport Stadium Guide" for Fodor's Sports

Beer at Three Rivers Stadium

Three Rivers Stadium has a somewhat better selection of beer than many other stadiums and ball parks I've visited (where the choice is often limited to watered-down Bud Lite). Behind the plate at Three Rives (the Gate A area), is a stand called "Beers of the World/PA Brews." The Beers of the World are the usual imports: Heiniken, Becks, and the like.

The PA Brews selection includes a reasonable number of Pennsylvania beers:

* Penn Pilsner
* Penn Dark
* Stoudt's Fest
* Dock Street Pilsner
* Neuweiler Black and Tan
* JJ Wainwright's Reserve
* JJ Wainwright's Evil Eye Ale
* Straub
* Rolling Rock
* Iron City
* IC Lite

There are a few other "PA Brews" stands around the stadium, but their selection is more limited. (For example, you can only get Stoudt's Fest in the main PA Brews stand.)

December 6, 1998 (Wire Services) - A section of security fence located on the first level concourse of Three Rivers Stadium collapsed onto the field in the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 23-9 loss to New England Patriots. No serious injuries were reported.

The section of steel-mesh fence is six or seven feet long and is located in the north end zone, and fans routinely stand behind it on a concrete walkway during Steelers' games.

Pittsburgh Pirates / Pittsburgh Steelers

Forbes
Field

Forbes Field

1933-1963
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Stadium

Pitt Stadium

1964-1969
Three Rivers
Stadium

Three Rivers Stadium

1970-2000
Heinz
Field

Heinz Field

2001-Present

Pitt Panthers

Exposition
Park

Exposition Park

1904-1908
Forbes
Field

Forbes Field

1909-1924
Pitt
Stadium

Pitt Stadium

1925-1999
Three Rivers
Stadium

Three Rivers Stadium

2000
Heinz Field
Heinz Field

2001-Present

Pittsburgh Pirates

Recreation
Park

Recreation Park
1887-1890
Exposition
Park

Exposition Park
1890-1909
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Field

Forbes Field
1909-1970
Three Rivers
Stadium

Three Rivers Stadium
1970-2000
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PNC Park
2001-Present


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