With the AFC North Division title and a home playoff game hanging in the balance, Steelers Nation turned Heinz Field into a playoff-like atmosphere on Sunday night.
While the obvious highlight of the night was the Steelers securing the division and setting up a showdown with the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, fans were also treated to prizes, giveaways and exclusive experiences as part of the team's 'Thank You Fans' game.
All fans entering the stadium were given 'Thank You Fans' scratch-off tickets with a variety of prizes, ranging from food and beverage discounts to Steelers merchandise to on-field experiences.
Following the win, Steelers Nation Unite members who RSVP'd or checked in, as well as a group of season ticket holders, were invited down to the field where they each received an autographed football signed by a Steelers player and a photo opportunity on the Heinz Field grass.
The Steelers showed their appreciation to Steelers Nation with a 'Thank You Fans' game on 12/28/14.
Among the other fans who got an added bonus at the game was Mark Goucher, who was surprised at his seat with a 55' TV during the first quarter. In addition to the TV, Bose headphones, Dick's Sporting Goods gift cards and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort stays were among the prizes fans were surprised with at the game.
Prior to the gates opening, five Steelers Nation Unite members were invited into the stadium to participate in a 'Money Machine' contest. Members were given 30 seconds to collect as much 'Steelers Nation Unite Cash' as they could, with the winner taking home $500 in Steelers gift cards. Jim Nastasi took home the grand prize, while the other participants received between $100 and $400 in Steelers gift cards.
As part of the pregame activities, fans and Steelers Nation Unite members, all sporting #1 Steelers jerseys, lined the sidelines as representatives Steelers Nation and the best fans in the NFL.
Heinz Field wasn't the only place Steelers Nation Unite members were getting rewarded, though. During the game, members received surprise calls notifying them that prizes were heading their way. Also, a group of members will be receiving autographed Steelers footballs this week, as well as AFC North Champions merchandise, for being members and participating in the Weekly Huddle call to action on social media.
To join Steelers Nation Unite and be officially recognized as a member of Steelers Nation, visit http://steelersnationunite.com/ or the 'Steelers Nation Unite' page on the Steelers mobile app. Joining is free, quick and easy and only requires an email address and a password to sign up.