Here We Go - Ground the Jets!!
On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers host the New York Jets in Heinz Field in
what will be Pittsburgh’s fifth AFC Championship game in 10 years. And, in case
you haven’t heard, a Steelers win would send the team to the Super Bowl in
Dallas, being played on February 6th!
Perhaps you joined the festivities at noon today at the County Courthouse as
Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh hosted its “Ground the Jets Rally”
around the Terrible Tree in the courtyard. Even if you haven’t – today is “Black
& Gold Day” and everyone is encouraged to show their support for the Steelers by
donning black and gold. I know my office staff did. How about you?
Do It for Myron!
Sunday’s game is on Myron Cope’s birthday – so make those Terrible Towels fly
Big Games = Big Bucks
The fans aren’t the only ones who benefit from the Steelers’ season.
According to a recent
Post-Gazette article, the total economic impact from the Steelers-Jets game
could be more than $19.2 million. The figure takes into account spending on
hotels, tickets, parking, food, beverages, souvenirs and other ancillary
spending. A spokeswoman for the Steelers said Sunday’s game will provide another
$600,000 in amusement tax and ticket surcharge revenue.
Don’t Have Tickets?
If you don’t have tickets to the big game, there are still plenty of events
going on in and around the area to take advantage of…
The Heinz Regional
History Center is offering buy-one-get-one-free admission to the History
Center and Sports Museum in honor of the Steelers march to the AFC Championship
Game. Just mention the special phrase “Ground the Jets” now through Monday,
January 24th to take advantage of this deal!
The Miller Gallery at
Carnegie Mellon University looks at Steelers fans and their love for the
team in a show entitled, Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals,
and Obsessions. The show runs through January 30th.
Stage AE has an entire weekend of Steelers-themed events for fans. On Friday,
doors open at 5 p.m. for a live broadcast by
WDVE and DJ Sean
McDowell until 7 p.m. Then live music by
Tres Lads, and The
Clarks finish off the night. Tickets are on sale through
Ticketmaster for $20.
On Saturday, Stage AE is host to a free Championship warm-up party. The doors
open at 5 p.m. with a special playoff broadcast until 7 p.m. by the 96.1
Kiss Morning Freak Show with Mikey and Big Bob. Steelers alumni will also be
on hand to sign autographs and talk Steelers football and Pittsburgh native
DJ J-Spin will play fan favorites and Steelers songs throughout the night.
KDKA-TV is also airing a live special Championship Preview Show from 7-8
p.m., featuring Bob Pompeani, Edmund Nelson, and former Steelers Punter Josh
Miller. Coors Light Steelers Saturday Night on
Pittsburgh’s CW with Bob Pompeani, Edmund Nelson, and Ellis Cannon will also
be live at Stage AE from 9-10 p.m.
Wrapping up Saturday night at 10 p.m. will be live comedy from the WDVE
Morning Show’s Jim Krenn and Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell from the No. 1 new
CBS comedy series
Sunday’s pregame festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with the Official Steelers
Tailgate party at Stage AE featuring
For more information on the happenings throughout Steelers Nation, take a
look at the
VisitPittsburgh site which has a running list of events in the region.
Not in Pittsburgh?
There are over 1,800 Steelers bars and fan clubs across the globe in every
state, every Canadian province and 27 countries around the world. For a list of
sites, visit the
Post-Gazette’s Steeler Nation.
AND Make sure that you stay on top of everything related to the game through
the Steelers’ official
The Future Looks Bright
Tribune-Review reported today that the future looks bright for the Stillers
– if you believe a Pittsburgh psychic, a Chicago nun and the Magic 8 Ball.
I don’t know about you, but I’m putting my faith in the team itself.
Go, Steelers! Here We Go!
Offices of State Senator Wayne D. Fontana