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jwmann2
05-20-2011, 11:40 PM
Gone are the days of the cookie cutter stadium like Riverfront in Cincinnati, 3 River and the old Phillies venue. What are the fondest memories some of you have from the old stadium? I know many of you more than likely saw your first Steelers game there. One thing is for sure, the stadium may have changed, but the Steeler swag has not. No sports franchise reflects the attitude of an entire city like Pittsburgh does.

steeltheone
05-21-2011, 10:32 AM
1997 AFC Championship against Denver.....Crazy!!

StainlessStill
05-21-2011, 11:10 AM
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My first Steelers game. I was 7 years old and went with my dad. I remember we got our ASS handed to us by Steve Young, Jerry Rice and the vaunted 9'ers at the time. I do remember Kordell making an AWESOME one handed catch with a defender on his shoulder pulling him down and bringing it in with one hand. Amazing catch.

We were getting beat pretty good and we were in peanut heaven STILL cheering my ass off til the very end. That day, a diehard was born, haha.:tt04:

55BaileyFan
05-21-2011, 12:12 PM
Never got to go to Three Rivers. My first game was at Heinz Field....my mom asked me to put up hers instead...

November 1983 Steelers lose to the Vikings. She loved Gary and thought Noll should have let him to tie it at the end of the game.

thumper
05-21-2011, 02:50 PM
1997 AFC Championship against Denver.....Crazy!!

I was there too, but it's not a favorite memory - we lost another AFCC game
at home. Thanks Cowher. You suck in the post season.

thumper
05-21-2011, 03:10 PM
I had lots of them. But the absolute best was the 1995 AFCC game
vs. Indy. After the disappointing loss to San Diego the year before,
and the way that game went down (Indy player standing up in the end zone
acting like he caught the TD to win the game) the place was bedlam. Everyone
was hugging each other - total strangers embracing each other, some in tears.
To finally make it back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1979 - wow. Of
course. O'Donnell ruined that game, but at least that group of marvelous players
finally won the AFC. Mills, Thigpen, Lloyd, Kirkland, Greene, Chad Brown, Woodson,
Lake, Dirt Dawson, Hastings, Kevin Henry, Steed, Lester, Seals, John Jackson,
Justin Strzelczyk, Searcy, John L Williams, Pee Wee....how did that team only make
one Super Bowl? Oh wait, our head coach sucked in the post season.

DanRooney
05-21-2011, 03:17 PM
jumping down floors from the un-railed stairs :thumbsup:

stb_steeler
05-22-2011, 05:12 PM
I miss 3 rivers, but it was a hard place to play both football and baseball. I bought some momento pieces from there before they tore it down. I have a Steelers football card with a piece of the turf on it, its rare but might not be worth a whole lot but to me its priceless....

thumper
05-23-2011, 03:55 PM
I miss 3 rivers, but it was a hard place to play both football and baseball. I bought some momento pieces from there before they tore it down. I have a Steelers football card with a piece of the turf on it, its rare but might not be worth a whole lot but to me its priceless....

The one thing I loved about 3RS vs. Heinze is the crowd noise. Heinze is
all new and nice, but the open end of the stadium ruins how loud the
crowd can be. 3RS really allowed for serious noise. No matter how much
the crowd wants to blast at Heinze, they will never be able to duplicate
the noise at 3RS. Fans cannot impose their will like we did at 3RS. It's
pretty disappointing. I would exchange that view of the city for a stadium
with no opened end so the fans could jack up the opposition like we used
to do at 3RS. I know the turf at 3R was brutal and nasty for the players, so
I am glad they don't have that turf any more, however, the natural surface
at Heinze ends up sucking as well, but in different ways. I really think they
should go to a sports turf, that is partial real grass with fake stuff added in
as well. Or, just have it all artificial like in other stadiums have, like Detroit.

SoCalFan
05-23-2011, 03:58 PM
Never being able to go... :(

thumper
05-23-2011, 04:05 PM
Never being able to go... :(


SoCal, trust me. You have to find a way. It will infuse your Steeler
fandom to a whole new level that you can't even know until you do
it. Plus, after watching them live, you get a whole new perspective
when watching them on TV from that point on; it gives you a whole
new vantage point that will never leave you.

wootawnee
05-25-2011, 10:12 AM
Being at the Monday night game in 1979 when we beat the Broncos 42-7.....We thumped them.........I always remembered that thumping........Poor Broncos......

hicksfan
05-25-2011, 11:19 AM
1997 AFC Championship against Denver.....Crazy!!

the regular season game against denver that year... week 13 or 14... steelers were down 21-0 and came back to win... the entire stadium was shaking from the fans going batshit crazy. i remember watching elway warm up, i'd never seen anyone throw the ball that hard... haunted him in the game, there were 3-4 crucial drops because the ball was thrown so hard... carnell lake missed an interception too because of the heat on it. i've never seen steeler fans so loud and proud...

hicksfan
05-25-2011, 11:22 AM
http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/1484/scan0013firstgame.jpg

My first Steelers game. I was 7 years old and went with my dad. I remember we got our ASS handed to us by Steve Young, Jerry Rice and the vaunted 9'ers at the time. I do remember Kordell making an AWESOME one handed catch with a defender on his shoulder pulling him down and bringing it in with one hand. Amazing catch.

We were getting beat pretty good and we were in peanut heaven STILL cheering my ass off til the very end. That day, a diehard was born, haha.:tt04:

i was there for that debacle, 49ers scored first and then andre hastings muffed the kickoff return to set them up 14-0 before we knew what was happening. everyone from that point was too little too late.

thumper
06-06-2011, 05:26 PM
i was there for that debacle, 49ers scored first and then andre hastings muffed the kickoff return to set them up 14-0 before we knew what was happening. everyone from that point was too little too late.

I remember that era: Pgh was like the "not ready for prime time players."
They were good, but not quite good enough to hang with the elite teams
of the day. I also recall them playing Dallas, in Switzer's first game as
head coach, opening day in Pgh. We thought we were ready to beat a
team like Dallas but they came out and pretty much owned the game
from the first whistle on. I remember Woodson being beat by Irvin for
a deep catch, and half of the skin of Irvin's arm tore off from hitting that
nasty turf. He never acted like he even felt it, but you know it stung like
hell. It must have been a 5" square that was ripped off his elbow area
in just one hitting of the turf. He stood up and showboated after the catch
with a giant patch of skin ripped off his arm. Pgh was simply not talented
enough to win that game, even with Dallas not really having a true head
coach at the time.

caplovestroyp43
06-12-2011, 08:18 PM
SoCal, trust me. You have to find a way. It will infuse your Steeler
fandom to a whole new level that you can't even know until you do
it. Plus, after watching them live, you get a whole new perspective
when watching them on TV from that point on; it gives you a whole
new vantage point that will never leave you.

I love that! And it is so true. I was at Three Rivers in 1996 for a preseason game against Tampa Bay. I just can't say enough about the city, the skyline at night, the stadium at night, Point Park, all of it. It was a gorgeous night; 67 degrees game time with clouds. We beat TB that night which made it even more special. My favorite moment though was dancing with my Terrible Towel to Gary Glitters "Rock and Roll". Whatta special moment! And a moment in time I will never forget. Now to make new memories at Heinz Field...someday!!

:tt02::tt02::tt02:

thumper
06-13-2011, 01:19 PM
I love that! And it is so true. I was at Three Rivers in 1996 for a preseason game against Tampa Bay. I just can't say enough about the city, the skyline at night, the stadium at night, Point Park, all of it. It was a gorgeous night; 67 degrees game time with clouds. We beat TB that night which made it even more special. My favorite moment though was dancing with my Terrible Towel to Gary Glitters "Rock and Roll". Whatta special moment! And a moment in time I will never forget. Now to make new memories at Heinz Field...someday!!

:tt02::tt02::tt02:

One of the things - of many - that I like is after being there soaking in a game
live, you do get a whole advanced vantage point from then on, forever. Then
you actually enjoy watching it more than ever on TV. And NO ONE has the
intensity Pgh does downtown game day. KC and GB come close, and, in
their owns ways, are special too. But NO ONE outdoes Pgh game day
experience. I live in FL and we have been to several game down here, and
it's not even close to the spirit in Pgh. Matter of fact, there is a heavy does
of spirit down here at games, but its coming from STEELER fans and boy it
annoys many of the home town fans. Most Pgh fans are polite and mostly
well behaved (although some of the out-of-towners who come down just for
a game act boorish and a-hole-ish). But even when all we are doing is being
passionate about our team, some opposing fans get pissed at how fervent
we are, especially while tailgating. I think they get bummed that we represent
better than they do on their own turf.

caplovestroyp43
06-13-2011, 08:30 PM
One of the things - of many - that I like is after being there soaking in a game
live, you do get a whole advanced vantage point from then on, forever. Then
you actually enjoy watching it more than ever on TV. And NO ONE has the
intensity Pgh does downtown game day. KC and GB come close, and, in
their owns ways, are special too. But NO ONE outdoes Pgh game day
experience. I live in FL and we have been to several game down here, and
it's not even close to the spirit in Pgh. Matter of fact, there is a heavy does
of spirit down here at games, but its coming from STEELER fans and boy it
annoys many of the home town fans. Most Pgh fans are polite and mostly
well behaved (although some of the out-of-towners who come down just for
a game act boorish and a-hole-ish). But even when all we are doing is being
passionate about our team, some opposing fans get pissed at how fervent
we are, especially while tailgating. I think they get bummed that we represent
better than they do on their own turf.

ICAM with that either! You are so right about soaking it in and the vantage point. It's just purely amazing to be there live. To call it special just isn't giving it enough credit. Even to call it awesome isn't! But you know well how I feel. And you can ONLY feel that way in Steel Town! :thumbsup:

jwmann2
06-21-2011, 05:45 PM
Looks like some of you had some great memories, but maybe even greater memories at Heinz. Steelers have been a force these last five years.

BerksYinzer
06-25-2011, 05:29 PM
Went to my first Steeler game at 3 Rivers with my Father in Law as a Christmas present for him. It was cold as hell and we got 8 inches of snow on top of us while we were there. The Steelers we're playing a warm weather team too, just can't remember who! Good times.