Pregame Blog: Steelers vs. Bengals

Wave that towel: Hall of Famer Mel Blount will start the Terrible Towel Twirl along with Play 60 Halftime participants. The group of youth football players will take part in a halftime demonstration of Play 60 skills.

A look at player arrivals before the Steelers' Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field

Hear from a legend: Steelers Hall of Famer Mel Blount is taking part in a Q&A in the FedEx Great Hall beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Pregame treat: The Lincoln University Concert Choir will perform pregame in the Ford Fan Zone. The group will also perform the National Anthem.

Towel unfurled: The large Terrible Towel will be unfurled by season ticket holders prior to the game.

Honoring a hero: The US Steel Salute to Heroes this week is United States Marine Corps Sergeant Major Lavaughn Peterson. Peterson is a Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal recipient who did two tours of duty in Iraq. The Pittsburgh Native is also a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper.

Arrive early and arrive prepared**to the gates at Heinz Field to ensure you are in your seats prior to kickoff. Follow these important tips:

* View and save your ticket(s) to your digital wallet prior to leaving home. Learn more about mobile ticketing here. Also ensure your phone is fully charged. Learn more >>> * Arrive to Heinz Field early; gates open 2 hours prior to kickoff. * Those who arrive 1-2 hours prior to kickoff can typically expect to experience minimal delays at entry; those who arrive 30 minutes prior to game time can expect heavy delays. * Ticket Office:Fans with questions or needing further help with their mobile tickets should contact us at 412-323-1200. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 9 am-5 pm and on gameday three hours prior to kickoff. You can also visit the Ticket Office windows located at the corner of Art Rooney Avenue and West General Robinson on gameday starting three hours prior to kickoff. * Clear Bag Policy:No bags will be permitted into Heinz Field unless they follow the clear bag policy. Learn more >>> * Heinz Field concessions are now cashless:Credit and debit cards are still accepted, as well as Apple and Google Pay. Please note: 50/50 will still operate as cash-only. * Masks:Regardless of vaccination status, all guests, staff and vendors at Heinz Field will be required to wear a mask while visiting any of the indoor areas of the stadium.Guests who refuse to wear a mask will first receive a warning, and second time offenders will be removed from the stadium.* Vaccinations:Fans will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter Heinz Field; however, in accordance with CDC guidelines, unvaccinated fans should wear a mask at all times. * To report issues while inside Heinz Field, text PITT33 to 69050 with your issue and location. One-touch issue reporting is also available through the Pittsburgh Steelers Official Mobile App under the 'Heinz Field' section.