Break Ground for New Football Stadium|
June 18, 1999 -- A new era in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers
began when the Steelers broke ground for construction of what will be one
of the finest football stadiums to be built.
groundbreaking ceremony was a celebration for all of Pittsburgh and adds
to one of the most enterprising periods ever in the City with the construction
of two new sports stadiums, the renovation of the Convention Center, and
several other projects in the city's core area.
official stadium groundbreaking ceremony, hosted jointly by the University
of Pittsburgh, included Gov. Tom Ridge, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue,
Steelers president Dan Rooney and vice president Art Rooney II, University
of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, Mayor Tom Murphy, County
Commissioners Mike Dawida and Bob Cranmer, Steelers Hall of Fame defensive
tackle Joe Greene and other local community leaders who participated in
the festivities. The ceremony was held in the parking lot west of current
Three Rivers Stadium that boarders North Shore Drive.
an extremely exciting period for Pittsburgh, the Steelers, the University
of Pittsburgh and our fans," said Art Rooney II.
Groundbreaking Celebration began at 6 p.m. Fans had the opportunity to
have their picture taken near the construction site while turning a shovel
full of dirt. This event was operated by the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank
and for a nominal donation, fans received a commemorative photograph to
take home with them.
one of the hottest local bands in the Tri-State area, performed a free
concert from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the stadium.
activities included the Steelers Experience in which fans can test their
passing skills in the QB Challenge. Run to Daylight lets fans time
themselves in the 40-yard dash. Fans were able to run the obstacle course
and practice kicking. The Experience also featured static displays of
the team locker room modeled after the lockers in Three Rivers Stadium
and a chance to take your picture in a Steelers uniform. The Pittsburgh
Athletic Department conducted its popular Panther Fan Fest activities
alongside the Steelers Experience and included fan photo opportunities
with the Heisman Trophy won by Tony Dorsett, the Pitt Obstacle Challenge
and other exciting interactive games.
among the entertainment was the first public viewing of the new stadium
through a virtual video, and an appearance by the University of Pittsburgh
The day of
events culminated with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.