The Pittsburgh Steelers home field advantage is one of the best in the NFL. When the black and gold play at Heinz Field, the place is rocking with Terrible Towels twirling as far as the eye can see.
However, on Saturday night, the stadium will not be used for a Steelers game, or a concert, but an NHL hockey game. Another black and gold team will be deployed on Saturday as the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers as a part of the NHL’s “Outdoor Series”.
For those fans who root for more than just the Steelers, this is must-watch TV with the much maligned Flyers coming to town, but even if you don’t follow hockey it is quite the sight to see the football stadium transformed into an outdoor hockey rink.
The Steelers and Penguins both took some time Wednesday to promote the event with linebacker Arthur Moats being joined by Connor Sheary and Brian Rust of the Penguins to help get fans excited for the game Saturday night.
Believe it or not, there are still tickets available to the event, if you want to experience a hockey game at Heinz Field. This is the second outdoor game at Heinz Field, the first was the NHL’s “Winter Classic” between the Penguins and Washington Capitals, the game where David Steckel’s hit on Sidney Crosby ignited a series of events which led to the league’s best player missing almost an entire calendar year.
Nonetheless, take a look at what Heinz Field looks like with a big slab of ice on the 50-yard line.
I'm likin' the view, @heinzfield! pic.twitter.com/xV1qC3NatK— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) February 22, 2017
#Steelers + #Penguins at @heinzfield. pic.twitter.com/cWtJPMr37c— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) February 22, 2017
This isn't a football field. pic.twitter.com/b9IWsUnz99— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) February 22, 2017
He's not usually a hockey player (tho he has ice skated "one and a half" times in his life)... pic.twitter.com/DUy0eCEueo— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) February 22, 2017