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Counselor
12-16-2007, 11:21 PM
Last week I read the "I'm embarassed" thread all about how terrible we played on national TV against the Pats . . . and similar threads continue this week.

Well, I'd like to say that I am equally emarrassed by a group I am a part of . . . the Steeler fans. It was apparent and extensively commented on by the TV announcers that the Steeler fans were leaving in droves shortly into the third quarter.

I have no problem with critcizing the team---even if I don't all agree. But---we all claim to have the greatest fan base in the country---didn't look like it today.--I think it gave us a pretty big black eye.

Our offense didn't quit today---and even though they didn't win---they deserved our support.

Also, I know that I (and thousands of people on the season ticket waiting list) would give a right arm for season tickets---so when you decide to leave (when the game is clearly not decided) remember how lucky you are to have tix.

I was embarassed today not by the Steelers but by our fans.

rbryan
12-16-2007, 11:51 PM
How about the fact that half the seats were empty at the start of the 2nd half thru the end of a 20 play drive that ended with a Jacksonville touchdown. Looked like a Pitt game.

I think we're seeing the result of the popularity of the Steelers coming back to bite them. Too many casual fans buying tickets. Hell, most die hard Steeler fans can't afford the tickets. End result is you have a bunch of yuppie, wanna be, fans that are too cold to sit in thier seats. Some home field advantage.

The Duke
12-16-2007, 11:56 PM
definitely. this is not lions fans we're talking about, is steelers fans, one of the most dedicated fan bases in professional sports. I'm totally embarassed by that

Steel Pit
12-16-2007, 11:58 PM
The fans paid for their tickets so as far as I'm concerned they can leave when they want to leave. I can't blame some of them for refusing to sit out there in the cold and snow and watch, what was to that point in the game, a pitiful performance by the Steelers.

Those fans in the stands only represent about 2% of the Steelers Nation so I wouldn't consider early-exiting fans as a black eye to the entire fan base.

Many of those fans who left early were probably in their 60's or 70's. They've paid their dues to the organization. I won't criticize them for getting out of the cold and away from that ugliness displayed on the field.

rbryan
12-17-2007, 12:08 AM
Its America so obviously anyone can come and go as they please, but I believe as a fan you have an obligation to your team to make as much noise as possible when the opposing offense is on the field. Hard to do that from the concession stand or the bathroom or where ever half the fans were hiding at the start of the 2nd half.

I expect to see that at the Meadowlands but not in Pittsburgh.

jjpro11
12-17-2007, 12:49 AM
it happens in every stadium during games like that and in those conditions.. so it shouldnt come as a surprise.. that doesnt make a fan base any more or less than another. i would stay, but thats my choice.

Galax Steeler
12-17-2007, 04:55 AM
I didn't see it as a problem either but my problem was when they bood ben and ward for not making that catch they are two of the best and nobody is going to make every play.

gobig99
12-18-2007, 01:42 AM
It seems as if a ton of fans are "dead" this year.
There is not much enthusiasm in the parking lots before the games, and the city seems lifeless.
This past weekend the crowd only got into it when it snowed before the kickoff, and in the last 5 min of the game.
It dissapointing compared to what it used to be like, especially at Three Rivers.
People are trying to buy lower level tickets for less than $20 and are walking away if you want anymore.
I used to pay over $150 in the late 90's for some games easily.
The "crazyness" just isn't what it used to be in the burgh.
One guy asked me if it was "club level", I said no its lower level, and he walked away.
It has been football weather and it all these whimpy fans want to just relax back in their seats then they should just stay home and watch it on the couch in the heat.

anyone notice any of this?

jjpro11
12-18-2007, 01:44 AM
why are you selling your tickets? lol

gobig99
12-18-2007, 01:50 AM
haha...i had 3 and only two people...I sure as hell went to the game don't worry about that
its just sad. people walk away from you for more than $10
even besides that, it just isn't like it used to be

sherlock
12-18-2007, 03:50 AM
I`m a bit confused regarding ticket prices.
gobig99,you say people are trying to buy tickets for less than 20 dollars but I`ve just looked at ticketsolutions.com and the lowest price for tickets at Heinz Field is 255 dollars.
Am I being stooopid?(very probably)..I hope so because I can`t believe all tickets are so expensive.

stillhead
12-18-2007, 08:15 AM
it was pathetic sunday. we had 2 extra tickets and couldn't give them away. weather was not great, just windy, but come on. there were people trying to sell tickets for $10 each and couldn't, scalpers no less, some with 20 tickets. i was embarrassed as well sunday.

Counselor
12-18-2007, 09:28 AM
I`m a bit confused regarding ticket prices.
gobig99,you say people are trying to buy tickets for less than 20 dollars but I`ve just looked at ticketsolutions.com and the lowest price for tickets at Heinz Field is 255 dollars.
Am I being stooopid?(very probably)..I hope so because I can`t believe all tickets are so expensive.

I think he means $20 over face value (I hope---if not I'm getting my tickets in the wrong place too!). Face value is between I think $59 and $75.
When you look online its hard to get tickets for less than $200 range.

But if you look for tix outside the stadium or know someone with season tickets you can get them around face value.

Counselor
12-18-2007, 09:33 AM
it was pathetic sunday. we had 2 extra tickets and couldn't give them away. weather was not great, just windy, but come on. there were people trying to sell tickets for $10 each and couldn't, scalpers no less, some with 20 tickets. i was embarrassed as well sunday.

Wow! That is terrible. I should have gone down to get tickets.

What happened to the "die hard" fans? Are we turning into New England? If its not a perfect season with perfect weather we don't care to go?

HometownGal
12-18-2007, 09:36 AM
It seems as if a ton of fans are "dead" this year.
There is not much enthusiasm in the parking lots before the games, and the city seems lifeless.
This past weekend the crowd only got into it when it snowed before the kickoff, and in the last 5 min of the game.
It dissapointing compared to what it used to be like, especially at Three Rivers.
People are trying to buy lower level tickets for less than $20 and are walking away if you want anymore.
I used to pay over $150 in the late 90's for some games easily.
The "crazyness" just isn't what it used to be in the burgh.
One guy asked me if it was "club level", I said no its lower level, and he walked away.
It has been football weather and it all these whimpy fans want to just relax back in their seats then they should just stay home and watch it on the couch in the heat.

anyone notice any of this?

Yep, I've noticed a lot less enthusiasm from the fans at the games, not only this year, but for the last couple of years. TRS wasn't called the "House of Noise" for nothin'! No matter what the score was, it was so loud in there from pre-game to when the final second ticked off that clock that you couldn't even hear the person talking next to you. Even in the 80's when the team really wasn't that good, the House of Noise was always full, loud and crazy for the entire game. Those were the days. :thumbsup:

sherlock
12-18-2007, 11:14 AM
I think he means $20 over face value (I hope---if not I'm getting my tickets in the wrong place too!). Face value is between I think $59 and $75.
When you look online its hard to get tickets for less than $200 range.

But if you look for tix outside the stadium or know someone with season tickets you can get them around face value.

Thanks for clearing that up Counselor...I`m glad you don`t have to be rich to watch the Steelers!

gobig99
12-18-2007, 01:04 PM
I think he means $20 over face value (I hope---if not I'm getting my tickets in the wrong place too!). Face value is between I think $59 and $75.
When you look online its hard to get tickets for less than $200 range.

But if you look for tix outside the stadium or know someone with season tickets you can get them around face value.

No way. I couldn't sell my lower level ticket outisde the stadium for more than $20. Not $20 over face value. It is rediculous!

I didn't sell the ticket and ended up eating it after I originally paid $100 for it months ago.