WEEK 9: BALTIMORE RAVENS AT PITTSBURGH, 8:30 p.m. ET
• Stadium name: Heinz Field
• Address: 400 Art Rooney Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
• Capacity: 65,050
• Opened: 2001
• Surface: Grass
• Distance from downtown Pittsburgh: Located one mile northwest of the city center.
• Web sites: Stadium | Directions
• Parking: Wow, all you need to know is right here at the Web site.
• Alternative transportation options: The Port Authority of Allegheny County operates bus service to Heinz Field. For more information, click on the Web site. The Gateway Clipper Fleet also has shuttle service from the Station Square dock; service begins three hours prior to kickoff.
• Unique stadium features: The Steelers have done a wonderful job displaying the history of western Pennsylvania football and creating an atmosphere fans relish. The old Three Rivers Stadium now is a parking lot between Heinz Field and PNC Park (the Pirates' home field). The Coca-Cola Great Hall, on the first two floors by the east entrance, is the centerpiece and a great gathering spot at Heinz Field. In addition to pregame and postgame entertainment, with TVs and concessions galore, the Great Hall features five, huge Lombardi Trophy column displays devoted to the team's like-numbered Super Bowl titles, along with replicas of each trophy. There are a dozen graphic murals displaying Steelers, Pitt Panthers and other regional football history, complete with videos and music. Be sure to check out the seven interactive displays that feature trivia and other memorabilia. The stadium also has two, giant faux Heinz bottles atop the Jumbotron scoreboard that tip and pour ketchup on the screen when the Steelers reach the Red Zone. Heinz also has been dubbed The Mustard Palace by locals because of its yellow seats.
• W-L records on Monday night:
Baltimore: 4-4 (Most recent appearance: Lost to Cincinnati 27-20, Sept. 10, 2007) Pittsburgh: 33-22 (Most recently: Lost to Jacksonville 9-0, Sept. 18, 2006)
• Biggest events held at stadium: While Heinz Field has yet to have a single defining moment like the Immaculate Reception, it has hosted the AFC Championship Games in 2002 and 2005 the year before the Steelers went on to win the Super Bowl and a fifth ring, dubbed "one for the thumb."
The Pitt Panthers also play here, and the stadium hosts the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) championships.
• Stadium tour info: Tours are over until next April, but contact the Steelers at 412-697-7150 for more information.
FOOD & DRINK
• Food options inside the stadium: Specialty items (all local favorites) include Primanti Bros. Sandwiches (cheese steak or cappicola, cole slaw, fries, cheese, lettuce and tomato, all piled high on fresh, sliced bread), Papa Duke's Gyros, Quaker Steak & Lube Wings (with choice of five sauces), Benkovitz fish and chips, Tambellini's hot sausage and Italian meatball sandwiches. That's what we call yum! The Steel Pitt in the south end zone offers grilled half-pound burgers, barbecue chicken, boneless BBQ rib sandwiches and foot-long hot dogs.
• Tailgating scene outside the stadium: The Steel City is of the greats in which to tailgate. Steelers fans are some of the friendliest in the league and often will invite you to partake in their festivities and offer you a free cool one. We've seen everything from grown men doing a can-can dance to a full-size hot tub in the parking lot. Plus, you can get an awesome view of the skyline of Pittsburgh and its famous rivers.
• Beer selection/prices: Iron City is the local favorite. A 16-ounce domestic draft is $4.50 and a 21-ounce domestic draft is $6.75. (The selection includes Budweiser, Bud Light, Rolling Rock, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Iron City, IC Light). In-aisle vendors sell all of the above, plus Yuengling, for $6.25 in 16-ounces varieties. The 16-ounce premium draft is $6.25 and features Blue Moon, Yuengling, Bass, Guinness, Harp and Penn Pilsner). In Pub 33, November is AutumnFest and featured beers include Penn Weizen, Late Harvest Autumn Ale, Guinness, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Full Moon Winter Ale and Bass Ale; all beers here are 16-ounce premium draft and cost $6.25.
• Selected Pittsburgh-area restaurants and sports bars:
100 W. Station Square Drive (Station Square)
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The Grand Concourse is basically what the name implies: an elegant restaurant housed in the former waiting area of a train station. The ambiance is amazing, with vaulted ceilings, a huge staircase and a glorious view of the city. You can easily picture an early 20th century train station. Try the shrimp Danielle or lobster ravioli. There also is a raw-seafood bar. Also try the popular Sunday brunch, which seems to stretch forever in this huge eatery. While you will see formal dresses and coats and ties, don't worry about attire; even Browns fans in their jerseys don't get hassled here.
Mineo's Pizza House (Squirrel Hill)
2128 Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
412-521-9864 or 412-521-2053
Nothing fancy about this place that has two locations (the other is in Mount Lebanon), but they dish out the city's best slices of pizza. Dine-in or take-out only.
20 E. General Robinson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
This new Irish brew pub located just a half-block north of PNC Park offers several daily specials.