The Pittsburgh Steelers are helping to develop a new youth football field, training facility and recreation center in Hazelwood.
The Steelers announced on Thursday that the team, thanks to a $10 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, will be constructing a new football field to be operated by Steelers Charities at Hazelwood Green.
The facility, directly across the Monongahela River from the Steelers’ UPMC Rooney Sports Complex practice facility, will allow the club to host youth football events, clinics with current and former players and coaches and more. The Steelers will also hold some of the youth football and girl’s flag football events that have been at the Rooney facility in Hazelwood.
“We are excited to be part of this special project which will provide the young athletes of our region access to a state-of-the-art facility at Hazelwood Green,” Dan Rooney, Steelers Director of Business Development & Strategy, said in a press release. “Not only will the field be utilized for various clinics and games in the community, but the Steelers plan to use the field for community programming and player-led initiatives. It is a very exciting announcement, and we are appreciative of the efforts of so many people in the community to help make this a reality, in particular the Richard King Mellon Foundation and Tishman Speyer.”
In addition to a full-size turf outdoor field, a 10,000 square foot building will be renovated for indoor sports and recreation for year-round use. The site can also be expanded to use the field for high school football games.
Tishman Speyer is the company developing the entirety of Hazelwood Green, the former LTV Steel Pittsburgh Works site. The mill closed in 1998, but redevelopment of the site has been slow to this point.
Construction on the Steelers field will take place in 2024 for a 2025 opening.