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Old 10-08-2007, 12:20 PM   #1
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New to this board, looks great. Been a fan since 68, moved here in 88. Went to the Vikes game in 2005 when the Steelers stopped a 6 game winning streak for MN. All the locals left oncewe scored the safety.

Our bar "Tav on the Ave" was recently mentioned in the Post Gazette:

Steelers 2007

Sean Barrett and Michael Casker are criss-crossing the country in search of Steeler fans and clubs to gather testimonials and photos about Steeler Nation to compile into a coffee table book. Barrett, 24, a writer and recent graduate of Arizona State University, is originally from Cranberry. Michael Casker, 27, a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography who lives in New York City, is from Zelienople. Anyone interested in contributing to the project can e-mail Sean at seanb1104@gmail.com or Michael at michael@michaelcasker.com. All photos are by Michael Casker unless otherwise credited.
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A Tavern on the Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota


ST. PAUL, MINN. -- Black, rather than purple, is the color accompanying gold on Sundays on most at the Tavern on the Avenue in this Twin Cities hot spot. Once again, Steelers fans have established a community and identity outside of the 'Burgh.

Each week, up to 100 members of the Steeler Fans of Minnesota club congregate at the Tavern to share in the Steelers game day experience. Although most fans have some direct ties to the Steel City, a good number have little or no connection to Pittsburgh. There are many reasons for this, from the team's phenomenal success in the '70s to the fact that the Steeler jersey is similar to that of the Iowa Hawkeyes, a popular team in the area.

A loosely organized group began gathering to watch the games in the late '80s in St. Paul. A number of graduates of The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics had relocated to the area to work for Northwest Airlines as mechanics. As more implants from Pittsburgh moved to the area, the group grew and became more and more dedicated.


St. Paul Steelers fans at the Tavern.
Click photo for larger versionThe group originally met a bar near the airport, but when bar management changed, it moved to the Tavern. It welcomes the group with a massive banner on the front of the establishment that reads "Official Headquarters of the Pittsburgh Steelers." An entire section, the majority of the seating area, has been decorated with Steelers regalia. The game day menu includes Roethlis "Burgers" and an anticipated addition featuring Isaly's "chipped ham".

The current group is made up and led by a group of genuinely nice and dedicated fans. Their connection to one another through the team is very real, their relationships true.

One of the group's leaders, Paul "The Mayor" Palmer, 67, a retired 3M sales director, is still connected to Pittsburgh through the arts. An opera singer, he has performed nearly every summer since 1975 at the Benedum with the Civic Light Opera. This past summer he performed in his 49th and 50th shows.

Another one of the group's leaders had no connection to the city until a friend turned her on to the Steelers while in college. Leena Patel was born in London, moved to Canada at a young age and eventually relocated to Raleigh, N.C. to attend college. Her roommate and now best friend was from Pittsburgh and turned her on to the Steelers. She immediately fell in love with the team. She now goes to every season's home opener and is even contemplating moving to the area.

If you're ever in the Twin Cities area during the season, be sure to take in a game at Tavern on the Avenue. You'll be welcomed with open arms (as long as you have your Steelers gear on). More information on the club can be found at
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:24 PM   #2
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Welcome to the board, Steelerguy!

If you have any questions or concerns about the site, please feel free to PM (Private Message) myself or HometownGal. Post often and have fun!
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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Theose guys came to my house in Indy and did a photo shoot for the Indy Steelers as well. Gongrats on making it to the post. It feels good.

Cool, you have an opera singer in your group.
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Welcome! My girlfriend is the GM of Granite City Brew in St. Paul, great town.
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