I can’t believe it, but it has been 20 years since the old concrete structure that was Three Rivers Stadium came crumbling down in a heap of rubble. The home of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates, which housed so many memories, was gone in just seconds.
In case you missed it, or forget, here is the implosion below:
Three Rivers Stadium was a lot like other massive concrete structures in the sports world back in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Stadiums like Riverfront Stadium, Veterans Stadium and many others were a sign of the times.
Huge coliseums where the greatest of sports warriors performed for masses of people.
Thinking back on the implosion of Three Rivers Stadium, it made me think about my favorite memories of the old structure.
For me, I never got to see the Steelers play in Three Rivers Stadium as a young boy. Tickets in the mid-90s weren’t easy to come by at a reasonable price for my family, so my visits to Three Rivers Stadium were almost always for the Buccos. This doesn’t mean I don’t have tremendous memories of the old stadium.
I still remember getting to go inside the dugout of Three Rivers Stadium before the Pirates hosted the Philadelphia Phillies, and getting to meet my childhood hero, Andy Van Slyke. I remember my little league team getting to go onto the field during the 7th inning stretch and looking up at how big the stadium was for a kid like me.
Memories of the Pirate Parrot dancing like a goof on the dugouts and the Pirates Rally Train...
I wasn’t alive for the Steelers of the 70s, but I know many of you were. What were your favorite memories of the old building? Were you there for the 1995 AFC Championship game where the Steelers barely beat the Indianapolis Colts? Were you there for the Immaculate Reception?
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