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Heinz Field expansion hits a snag

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07:06 AM ET 06.21 | An Allegheny County judge has blocked a bid by the Steelers for a quick end to the dispute over financing for a proposed 3,000-seat expansion in Pittsburgh. In a ruling Wednesday, Common Pleas Judge Joseph James said the Steelers failed to show that the proposed south end zone expansion met the requirements to be classified as a capital improvement under the team's Heinz Field lease. The decision amounts to a victory for the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority, the stadium's owner. ... [Wednesday's ruling] could be problematic for the Steelers in trying to force the SEA to fund the bulk of the construction because it clearly implies they must first establish the expansion meets the standards for a capital improvement.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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June 21, 2013  07:30 AM ET

Let me see if I understand this, the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority felt they were being raped?

June 21, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Before you do all of that crap, get rid of the erfing grass and put down some turf.

June 21, 2013  08:37 AM ET

This is about who will pay for it, not for any thing else.

June 21, 2013  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Before you do all of that crap, get rid of the erfing grass and put down some turf.

Noooo! Let fields be different, just like in baseball.

June 21, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Noooo! Let fields be different, just like in baseball.

I think what he is saying is don't schedule the State High School Playoffs in the stadium during rainy season a few days before an NFL game.

June 21, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Before you do all of that crap, get rid of the erfing grass and put down some turf.

Real grass for real football.

Keep it real, and put in a bid to host the Superbowl.

June 21, 2013  08:53 AM ET

So can we get an expansion of 10,000 seats? OK

June 21, 2013  09:29 AM ET

I don't have a problem with the grass surface per se, but they seem incapable of keeping it in playable condition. Fire the groundskeepers and fire the schedulers.

I agree the variety of baseball stadiums is enjoyable as a fan. Not sure how the players feel, though. I guess they feel sore after they run into the walls unexpectedly.

June 21, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think what he is saying is don't schedule the State High School Playoffs in the stadium during rainy season a few days before an NFL game.

It's not just High School, Pitt plays ther home games there too.

I think that's one of the things that makes Heinz Filed so unique (and the Steelers), It's NOT just for the Pros, it's for everybody in the city/state!

June 21, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's not just High School, Pitt plays ther home games there too. I think that's one of the things that makes Heinz Filed so unique (and the Steelers), It's NOT just for the Pros, it's for everybody in the city/state!

Bingo! there are a lot of games played on that field, not just the Steelers, grass doesn't grow well in late November in this area....

June 21, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's not just High School, Pitt plays ther home games there too. I think that's one of the things that makes Heinz Filed so unique (and the Steelers), It's NOT just for the Pros, it's for everybody in the city/state!

Yup.

June 21, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Bingo! there are a lot of games played on that field, not just the Steelers, grass doesn't grow well in late November in this area....

Grass doesn't grow well in my yard anytime, unless we get one of those years where it rains like every other day, and every weekend for 48 hours straight.

June 21, 2013  10:51 AM ET

3,000 seats? Not much of an expansion.

June 21, 2013  02:47 PM ET

should have put the seats in when they built the place

June 21, 2013  03:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Real grass for real football.Keep it real, and put in a bid to host the Superbowl.

Our stadium is about 8000 seats short, and our hotel capacity is about 5000 rooms short.

June 21, 2013  03:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Our stadium is about *5000 seats short, and our hotel capacity is about 5000 rooms short.

fixed

June 21, 2013  04:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is about who will pay for it, not for any thing else.

Mostly it seems like when. Adding seats with taxpayer money is something that a lot of teams do, and that's one of the requirements. (I'm not quite sure that half of them have done it though.) All the newer stadiums have been built with larger capacities, and that's another one of the requirements. And increasing revenue is something that the Steelers need to remain competitive, which is the final requirement.

The SEA doesn't really carry a balance like it's supposed to, though. The city and the county can both tap into those funds pretty much at will. By delaying the expansion, it gives SEA time to get their ducks in a row and put the money together.

I'm not sure I like it, though, because they're gonna be partially close the south end to do it.

 
June 22, 2013  12:56 AM ET

Sounds like a common property management dispute where the resident is trying to show that the landlord needs to install new fixtures. Easy peasy.

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