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Steelers News: Fans wait on the status of both their tickets and refunds

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. Unable to attend most player pro days and participating in the NFL’s first virtual draft, the Steelers keep pushing forward toward a return to football activities. Just because the NFL has cancelled the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and cut the preseason to an undetermined amount of games doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at two sides of the same story—season ticket holders waiting to see if their tickets are deferred, and fans anxious to see if they can attend games.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Even after going through the opt-out process, Steelers season ticket holders are still uncertain about their tickets for the upcoming season

Pittsburgh Steelers Season-Ticket Holders Who Filed For Refunds Wait As Team Evaluates On Case-By-Case Basis

By: Chris Hoffman, KDKA

The Steelers are giving season-ticket holders the chance to have their money refunded for this season or put it toward next season’s tickets.

The Steelers say they’re evaluating each refund application on a case-by-case basis.

“The excitement of the Steelers, I like football,” Arleen Jama said from her North Braddock home.

Jama has had Steelers season tickets for 40 years. While she still plans to cheer on the Steelers this season from home, she is not a fan of the refund application process.

In the application, the Steelers say all refunds will be decided on a case-by-case basis and ask the season-ticket holder to acknowledge the Steelers do not have to grant the application.

“That didn’t sit well with me. I’m retired and I want to live a long life and I don’t want to put myself in that situation,” she said.

Jama is still waiting to hear back about her submission.

“I don’t think they should be questioning. If you do opt-out, as a season-ticket holder, you should be able to do that,” she told KDKA.

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  • Some fans are still hopeful to attend Steelers games in 2020

Pittsburgh sports fans react, wonder if they’ll be in the stands soon

By: Kylie Walker, WTAE

On Friday, the National Football League said it plans to move forward with the 2020 regular season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But it is unclear if the fans can watch from the stands.

“I mean if they have fans inside then it would be good for me, obviously, but it’s all about, you know, the safety of everybody,” said Andrew Stackiewicz, owner of The Foundry on the North Shore. “My hopes of a season with fans is pretty low for any of the sports.”

His restaurant and bar is tucked in between Heinz Field and PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates play. He has questions leading up to the start of fall sports with the possibility of teams allowing fans to watch live.

“Do I want, you know, the fans coming from there and coming into my restaurant and then transferring, you know?” he said.

Jim Caprio has had season tickets for Steelers games since the 1970s. He’s 67 years old with an underlying medical condition.

“We’ll certainly miss it, but at this point, I guess to be honest, to me pro sports is not a priority right now,” said Caprio.

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  • Previewing the Steelers wide receivers heading into training camp

Steelers’ 90-man roster: WRs

By: Jim Wexell, Steelers Digest

ON THE ROSTER NOW: Saeed Blacknall, Deon Cain, Chase Claypool, Amara Darboh, Quadree Henderson, Anthony Johnson, Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ryan Switzer, James Washington.

ON THE ROSTER IN SEPTEMBER: Mike Tomlin has kept six wide receivers the past three years, and that sixth spot this year will depend on, of course, special teams. Darrius Heyward-Bey used to have a stranglehold on that spot, but, with rookie Chase Claypool having proven himself as a wicked punt gunner in college, the second-rounder could already have both a top-5 receiver spot and special-teams spot sewn up. So we’ll predict five this year.

STAT THAT STANDS OUT: The veterans in “the room” last season finished third, fourth and eighth in receptions on the team. Then-rookie Diontae Johnson led the way with 59 receptions, and he did so while struggling with a nagging groin injury. Smith-Schuster was a disappointing fourth, but he also struggled with leg injuries throughout the season.

KEY DEPARTURES: Donte Moncrief. He almost had a finger ripped off going up for a high fastball early in camp, but continued to play and his subsequent drops, and an unusual compensation-pick calculation, caused the team to release him with only four catches for 18 yards. Also gone are deep reserves Tevin Jones and Johnny Holton.

KEY ADDITIONS: As mentioned earlier, Claypool was the second-round draft pick, and in a draft without a first-rounder that makes him the rookie in the spotlight right now. Blacknall is on his fifth NFL team since coming out of Penn State undrafted only two years ago. Teams are no doubt interested in the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder’s 4.39 speed. Anthony Johnson is a 6-2, 220-pounder who caught 133 passes for 2,367 yards and 25 touchdowns in two seasons at the University of Buffalo, but was undrafted coming out in 2018. His size and production make him worth a look.

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