Dad was a Los Angeles Rams fan so I was too. He was very "disappointed in me" when in 1973 I started following the Pittsburgh Steelers instead. But it stuck and I've been black and yellow for decades.
Bill started out as a Cowboys fan with his dad, and being a better kid, he still is. I love him anyway.
Our love of football is one of the many things we've "incorporated" into this lifestyle, seeing as many NFL stadiums as we can along our route.
For me, none can be more important than Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
So how do I manage to nearly miss the tour?!
I'm very surprised when I read on the website that tours are only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Since I had planned to go on Tuesday, I'm relieved I checked.
So how did I miss that there are only two tours each day?!
Monday morning at 11:22 I read that the tours are at 10:00 and 12:00. OMG, we're still at home!
We hop in Piper and I tell Bill that if we miss it, we miss it. Nobody's fault but my own. Lots of calming self-talk. I still drive "quickly" for the 37 miles to the stadium. I don't look at the time, I just drive.
The football gods are smiling: we park on the street in front of the stadium, and we "slide" into the last tour group that is already moving as we walk in.
At $2 to park, and $7/each to tour, this is the least expensive tour so far. It is also the longest and most thorough.
When I see the field for the first time I have to admit I would have been horribly disappointed to have missed this. I even get a little teary-eyed. Just a little of course, this is football!
|I'll always remember my first time|
|The gray seats are climate controlled, so cost a lot more.|
|This one is just fine for me!|
|Heinz paid $50M for their name on the field for eight years.|
|You can take a boat shuttle to the game - I would love that!|
|Paintings and photos line the walls of each floor|
|The press box|
|When the team gets in the red zone the ketchup bottles turn upside down, and when we score they "pour" red flashing lights onto the screen. I'm a bit embarrassed.|
|This is the first stadium where we've gotten closer than this.|
|In a few feet we're inside!! No one is allowed to step on the logo.|
|OMG - the home locker room!!|
|Decades of player hands have touched this on their way to the field. We all touch it on our way.....|
|So much Wow.|
|This wide receiver, and his quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, made me fall in love with this team. He is now the athletic director for USC.|
|There's room for more in the hall.|
Yet I am still giddy from being here :-)
Bill finds a wonderful little spot for lunch away from downtown. One of the differences we see here in the east is the wonderful old architecture of row houses and small business districts. I love just driving up and down small streets, looking at these wonderful structures.
We have no sewer hook-up at our next stop so I get all the laundry done on Tuesday, and we enjoy our pretty mountain top home.
Trying local cuisine is something we try to do in each location. We hear about Primanti sandwiches on the tour and figure we'll have one for lunch before moving on.
We're glad we tried one, but we don't need to have another one. Adding the coleslaw and fries on the sandwich is tasty with the cheese and tomatoes. The dry white bread is weird, and not very good.
Tomorrow we move on to New York where Bill will catch a flight to see the new grand-baby!