The Pittsburgh Steelers will create a physical museum at Heinz Field to commemorate the former players, coaches and contributors that have been selected as part of the team’s Hall of Honor, the team announced on Wednesday.
The Hall of Honor Museum is scheduled to open during the 2022 and will tell the history of the team and the members of the Hall of Honor, which was established in 2017.
“We are extremely excited about the opening of the Steelers Hall of Honor Museum this Fall,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a press release. “This will provide our fans the opportunity to not only learn more about the Hall of Honor inductees, but also about the history of the team with many great videos, pictures and displays that highlight great moments and players in Steelers history. We have the best fans in the world, and we know they will enjoy this interactive museum upon its opening later this Fall.”
Until now, the members of the Hall of Honor have been recognized in an announcement during the team’s training camp and then an enshrinement during a ceremony during a game at Heinz Field. But other than a list of names on one end zone wall of Heinz Field and in the indoor facility at the Steelers’ UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, there has been no physical space to represent the Hall of Honor.
Now, fans will be able to see the whole story of the team’s history at the museum, which will be located near Gate B off Art Rooney Avenue, on the second floor above the team store. Once the museum opens, it will be accessible to fans year-round and not just on game days.
In five classes from 2017 to 2021, a total of 45 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Honor, with Tunch Ilkin, Jon Kolb, Carnell Lake and Louis Lipps making up the Class of 2021.