Rib lovers may not want to read any further. Heinz Field announced the cancelation of one of its premiere annual events, The Kickoff Ribfest.
The Ribfest, which was scheduled to begin on September 3rd, takes place every year just before the start of the NFL season. Heinz Field released a statement about the tough decision to cancel this year’s event in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statement from Heinz Field regarding the 2020 Rib Fest pic.twitter.com/tDNswvqAaO
— Heinz Field (@heinzfield) August 4, 2020
The statement tweeted out by the official Heinz Field Twitter account Tuesday afternoon includes, “the health and safety of all attendee, employees and vendors was the primary factor into the decision to cancel this year’s event,” making it clear the virus was what led to the canceling of the event.
The Kickoff Rib Festival, which features concerts, national rib vendors, games and more, started in 1990 at Three Rivers Stadium and has been held every year since. After the implosion of Three Rivers Stadium in 2001, Heinz Field continued the tradition.
Cam Heyward and Vince Williams on Sparking Change, Equality
Steelers leaders Cam Heyward and Vince Williams articulate what they can do in their effort to spark change and create equality, especially in the Pittsburgh community.
Heyward and Williams held a joint Zoom session with members of the media, including Mike Asti, the morning after head coach Mike Tomlin gave an impassioned speech to open practice.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers
Devin Bush Surprises Local Basketball Player, Dunks in His Driveway
Steelers linebacker Devin Bush surprised a local basketball player and joined him for some driveway hooping fun.
Carter Mastovich, who plays basketball at Chartiers Valley High School, tweeted that Bush just walked over to him and asked if he could take a few shots.
Hooping getting my shots in like 70 degrees out. Dude walks in my driveway wanting to shoot…
Me: what’s up you wanna hoop?
Guy: yeah names Devin
Me: wait Devin Bush?
Bush: ya what’s up bro
— Carter Mastovich (@CarterMastovich) May 16, 2020
Bush then confirmed the story by responding to Masovich’s tweet.
True story 😁 https://t.co/tonVbybRmx
— Devin Bush ll (@_Dbush11) May 18, 2020
We only got a sneak peak to what happened on the court between the two, but it appears from another Mastovich tweet that Bush made his presence felt by laying down a couple dunks.
— Steel Faithful (@Steel_Faithful) May 18, 2020
TSE Holds Sports Memorabilia Auction Benefitting Food Bank
As the coronavirus pandemic has shut down nearly all live sporting events in the country, most parts of the sports world have been impacted, from the athletes themselves, to trainers, stadium and arena workers and more.
One of those sectors has been the autograph circuit, which like almost all other public events, has been shut down.
Total Sports Enterprises, a Robinson Township company, is one of the largest sources of authentic and and autographed sports memorabilia and often works with current and former players to hold public autograph sessions.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) April 9, 2020
Since the shut down, the company has had live events canceled or postponed, preventing them from adding to their inventory and also preventing the athletes from holding public signings.
“It may have a small impact on the immediate future, but we will eventually be able to reschedule the events at a later date when there is no risk to our customers and athletes,” a TSE spokesperson told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
In the meantime, they still have plenty of items in their inventory, and they’re doing something to give back. They’re holding a sports memorabilia auction that runs through this Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The auction features items signed by Nick Bjugstad, Terry Bradshaw, James Conner, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Joe Haden, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Malik Harrison, Jack Lambert, Dan Marino, Evgeni Malkin, Bill Mazeroski, Heath Miller, Jeff Reed, Andy Russell, Bryan Rust, Ryan Shazier, Donnie Shell and JuJu Smith-Schuster, among with other things.