South Plaza project moving along smoothly

With the preseason home opener not too far off, fans will be happy to know that construction in the Heinz Field South Plaza area is moving along smoothly.

The Steelers are adding new seating in the South Plaza, which will give almost 3,000 more Steelers fans the opportunity to be part of game day at Heinz Field, and it's slated to be ready for the Steelers preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on August 23.

The South Plaza seating area will include a combination of general seating, premium seating and suites. And for Steelers fans who love the view of the Pittsburgh skyline from their Heinz Field seats, the new South Plaza seating area won't interfere with that either.

View photos of local tradesmen working to construct the new stadium seating project in the south plaza of Heinz Field.

The scoreboard will not change with the South Plaza construction project," said Lauten, the Steelers communications coordinator. "You will still have the sight line of downtown that was originally part of the plan when the stadium was built in 2001. The South Plaza that fans typically stand on behind the goal post will just be elevated one level. They will still have that access but it will be elevated above that club level."

The most important aspect is the South Plaza seating will extend the game day experience to more fans than ever.

"We're very excited about this project because we are giving the opportunity to almost 3,000 more fans to be a part of our home games," said Lauten. "We think this will add a lot of excitement, and noise, to that end of Heinz Field and will enhance the Heinz Field advantage for our team."

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