The team is still hopeful for fans to return to the stadium later in the season.
By Matthew Benusa
In the middle of a tumultuous time, there’s one thing Pittsburghers can count on: Steelers football.
The Steelers brought the fan experience home for one local father and son in Pittsburgh, who were featured in a recent mini-documentary from the team and Pepsi. The men have been season ticket holders for 32 years and 16 years, respectively, and receive stadium seats from recent retiree Ryan Shazier.
While the Steelers home opener was played in an empty stadium, and the Sept. 27 game against the Houston Texans did not happen with a crowd, the team is reportedly still hopeful for fans to return for their third home game on Oct. 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Once fans return to the stadium, there will only be a limited number allowed into the seats. Everyone will have to wear masks, and the Steelers have communicated to season ticket holders that tickets will be exclusively digital.
The exact ticketing plan for the first game in October is still not clear, and individual tickets for future Steelers games are not available on Ticketmaster at this time.
Season ticket holders have a few options for their tickets. They are able to receive a full refund of their money without losing access to their seats for the 2021 season. They are also able to retain the value of their season tickets in their account with the Steelers, but their seats for games this season are not confirmed. They may use the ticket value in their account to ‘purchase’ a seat for any of the games that fans can attend this season. Any remaining value will be applied to the 2021 season, or a refund will be issued.
In spite of the pandemic, some fans are trying to make the season feel more normal. At the Steelers home opener, a few fans reportedly descended on the North Shore in their boats to tailgate, even though the parking lots were empty.
For others at home, the Steelers games are available on local TV stations and streaming through their respective apps. Thursday night games are available via Amazon Prime and the NFL Network. Every Steelers game is available to in-market fans on Steelers.com or the Steelers mobile app. For out-of-market fans, the games are available via NFL Game Pass.
Even though it’s unlikely that many fans will make it to a Steelers game in person this year, there are still ample ways to support them from home.