The impact of the Steelers free agent wheeling and dealing won’t be known until September and the full measure of the Steelers 2014 draft can only be taken in 2016 or so. But there is one move Steelers management made this spring that is unequivocally the right one:
- Agreeing to expand Heinz Field without leaving the Allegheny County taxpayers on the hook.
- Steelers Nation tends to think of Heinz Field as “new” but it is this will be its 14th year in operation, or as old as Three Rivers Stadium was in 1984.
Why the Steelers Should Pay (Again)
But if the business case is plain to see for expanding Heinz Field, it is equally obvious that the people of Allegheny County shouldn’t pick up the bill.
- The Rooneys are not like the Daniel Snyders or Jerry Joneses of the NFL.
- For a while there, it seemed like the Steelers didn’t see it that way.
- Is this Dan Rooney’s influence at work?
Technically speaking, the Steelers aren’t financing the expansion themselves, they’re passing the cost on to ticket buyers in the form of a 1 dollar surcharge. While that might not be the most fan friendly thing to do, the Steelers are hardly the first business to pass capital expansion costs off to the customer.
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