PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Patrick Peterson knows what it’s like for the team’s fans to take over a road venue and turn it into one of their own.
But he’s only ever experienced that feeling from the other side of the action.
Peterson vividly remembers the Steelers faithful taking over University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona while he was playing for the Cardinals in 2011.
“I’m really looking forward to my first regular-season away game as a Pittsburgh Steeler,” Peterson said. “I’ll never forget it. It was 2011 … and there wasn’t many Arizona Cardinals fans in there. I can only imagine what it’s going to be like going over to Vegas just because thats another storied franchise. It’s always a battle between who has the better fans, who has the better atmosphere. I’m sure that our fans are going to come up and show out.”
Peterson isn’t the only one expecting a black-and-gold takeover. According to ticket reseller Vivid Seats, 60% of the crowd at Allegiant Stadium for the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Steelers and Las Vegas Raiders will be cheering for the visitors.
Vivid Seats has also found that the ticket is the hardest-to-get in the NFL this week, with get-in prices nearing $600. It could end up being the most expensive get-in price for a Raiders home game since 2010.
The Raiders moved to Vegas in 2020, and this is the Steelers’ first visit to Sin City, so there is both a pent-up demand from Steelers faithful across Nevada and a sizeable chunk of Pittsburghers are also expected to make the trip.
Allegiant has offered special flight plus ticket packages, adding to its regular Pittsburgh to Las Vegas service for the weekend.
The Raiders said that in 2021, the first year with fans in the new venue, the highest percentage of opposing fans was 30%.