On Sunday Steelers fans will pack Heinz Field for the home opener against the Seattle Seahawks, but before that they were out in full force as a part of the team’s ‘Fantenial’ Weekend, celebrating the NFL’s 100th season.
The excitement leading into the home opener began with a celebration of high school football. Chris Hoke and Shaun Suisham visited Riverside High School and Western Beaver High School in advance of their high school matchup on Friday night, which was the Steelers Showcase Game of the Week and featured tackle Zach Banner and Steelers legend Santonio Holmes honorary co-captains.
The Steelers Fan Fest got things going on Saturday, with a day full of player appearances, live music and giveaways. Steelers alumni Willie Parker, Jerame Tuman and Aaron Smith joined current players for a meet and greet with fans inside the FedEx Great Hall, where the team’s six Super Bowl trophies were also on display.
A Steelers car show was one of the highlights of the day, with fans from Pittsburgh to Canada showing off their black and gold masterpieces on wheels. The vehicles ranged from a golf cart to an old ambulance to an enclosed trailer, as well as pickup trucks and a Corvette.
There was music throughout the day with Vertigo Red and Angelica Hall performing on Art Rooney Avenue, and the event concluded with a free concert with The Hawkeyes opening and headlined by Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Stage AE Outdoors.
Fans celebrated the return of football during the home opener weekend at the 2019 Steelers Fan Fest, as part of Fantennial Weekend, presented by PNC, UPMC and U.S. Steel