Originally Posted by steelerchad
It says toughest venues, not loudest venues. I agree, Heinz isn't loud at all. In fact, it's unfortunately one of the quietest I've been to. However, the Steelers always put a tough team on the field and especially a physical D that the fans feed off of. That + the Steelers tradition would indeed make Heinz a tough place to play. The crowd gets pumped up when they play renegade and it can rattle an offense. Also, there is the awful turf. With the Steelers getting to play 10 games a year on it and the opponent only 1 game a year at best that is also an advantage that Heinz Field gives the Steelers. In addition to those reason, other teams rarely show up in great numbers at Heinz Field. Tickets are pretty tough to come by and visiting fans are scarce.
Everything you say is true. And "toughest" is not the same as "loudest"
but noise volume is a huge part of making a stadium tough to play in.
As we see some of the former toughest places to play field better teams,
this list will change. Now that KC is getting better, they will even higher
on this list. They made steps the last few seasons - have added real
talent and quality coaching.
As far as us having so few opposing fans, definitely. And it especially
sticks out when compared to how many Steeler fans show up at
away games - just amazing. No other team is any where close.
I've been to games where it was almost 50-50 for equal amount
of Steeler fans while on the road. It's crazy.