If you just read this piece on Facebook, I know what you’re going to say: “Stupid click-bait article!”
I can’t say that I blame you for that harsh social media remark. After all, it is March and, let’s face it, if we were heading into Week 7 of a match-up against, say, the Ravens, I wouldn’t be thinking about topics to touch on (stories about hating John Harbaugh write themselves).
However, I can honestly say that this notion of wanting Heinz Field, the Steelers home since 2001, to have a roof on its head and perhaps be called “Heinz Dome” is totally organic and not contrived in the least.
You see, I was watching the Penguins take on the Flyers at Heinz Field in the now sort of watered-down outdoor game on February 26, and I thought to myself: “I would totally be at this game...but only if it was inside.”
I realize this totally defeats the purpose of recreating the feeling of playing hockey on a frozen pond, like you did when you were a kid and a fictional character in a made-for-TV movie produced by the Disney Channel. But that’s when I started fantasizing about attending a Penguins game at PPG Arena, which really shocked me, beings that I’m not really much of a hockey fan (sorry, person who is only a hockey fan and will be totally offended by this).
The reason I was fantasizing about attending a Penguins game in the warmth of PPG Arena is because, well, I hate doing things in the cold—and that includes being at Heinz Field for Steelers games in November, December or January.
What kind of fan am I, if I can’t stand the thought of being out in the elements for, say, a playoff victory over the Ravens at Heinz Field?
But here’s the thing: I couldn’t be a bigger fan. I was in attendance for that victory over the Bengals at Heinz Field in December of 2013 that my old boss gave me tickets for. I enjoyed that as much as the person who has been a season-ticket holder since 1972. Only difference is I enjoyed most of the victory while standing in the warmth of the men’s room for like 75 percent of the game (that’s like three quarters worth of action).
I mean, it was hella cold that night, and I just didn’t want to chance getting frostbite while watching a 5-8 team play football.
Heck, I wouldn’t want to risk getting frostbite while watching a 13-0 team play football.
Again, does this make me less of a fan?
If it does, why? I mean, what does it matter if I’m watching a game while wearing a Steelers tossle cap or a Steelers short-sleeve polo shirt?
When you really think about it, you can still twirl a Terrible Towel in a stadium with a roof on its head, the only difference is the wind could never whip that towel out of your hand and into the Ohio River.
This confession obviously means that I want the Steelers to turn Heinz Field into a domed venue, and if they do, I will attend more games.
Forget fandom, does this make me less of a Pittsburgher?
It’s hard to say for sure, but I do know that placing a roof over Heinz Field is a fantasy of mine.
Heinz Dome.....I like the sound (and warmth) of that.