The Steelers will invite 5,500 fans to Heinz Field for their game against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday, the team announced on Tuesday, after playing its first two home games without spectators.
The announcement came on the heels of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to increase capacity limits for sporting venues in his COVID-19 mitigation policy. Heinz Field will have a maximum capacity of 7,500, but Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement that the lower figure will be necessary to accommodate players, coaches and stadium staff.
“Priority will be given to our season ticket holders who did not opt out this season,” Rooney ’s statement said. “Seat selection opportunities will be based on a computer generated random selection of season-ticket holder accounts. Unfortunately, we may not have tickets available for all season ticket holders for this game. …
“We look forward to hopefully having more fans soon while still maintaining a safe and healthy environment at Heinz Field.”
Rooney went on to say that the wearing of masks and social distancing will be required inside the stadium and that tailgating will not be permitted in stadium parking lots.
Pitt, which shares Heinz Field with the Steelers, has not made an announcement regarding its plans for fans. Pitt does not play at home again until Oct. 24.