The first two home games for the Pittsburgh Steelers will not have fan attendance, leaving locals worried, and frustrated.
This year has not been kind to the world of sports this year, and for local Steeler fans, they just can’t seem to catch a break. Last Thursday, Heinz Feild released an official statement, telling fans that they will, unfortunately, not be having fans attend the first two games, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“Our plan for games without fans has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and we appreciate and respect the guidance of our public health officials concerning the ongoing public health emergency,” Steeler President, Art Rooney, told WTAE Channel 4, Thursday.
The Steelers decision will also affect The University of Pittsburgh’s decision to also not have fans attend their football games.
Both teams have regularly shared Heinz Feild since it’s construction.
Ticket Holders Not Happy
The Game Haus reported back in July that Heinz would allow fan attendance, but that decision seems to be reversed.
Fans online voiced their reactions. While some tried to make light of the situation, most were not happy with the decision. One fan wrote that “fans won’t be allowed until a miracle vaccine is released in November, after the election.”
“Over the last several months we have been communicating with public health officials and the NFL on plans for fans to safely attend games this season.” The Steelers told ticket holders in an email.
“We obviously know and greatly appreciate the dedication of our fans and your strong desire to attend games this season. Unfortunately, given the current conditions and state orders, we will not be able to welcome fans to Heinz Field at this time.” the email continued.
There has been no update from the Steelers for refunds for ticket holders. Fans will be able to attend the game on October 14 against the Eagles.
The Steeler’s first game with fan attendance will be on the road against the Tenessee Titans on October 4.
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