It’s like the Pittsburgh Steelers lost a family member when their home field changed its name from Heinz Field to Acrisure Stadium.
No offense to the Michigan-based fintech team, but it’s what the team’s loyal supporters have known since 2001.
It will be difficult to shake off the affection they have for the company, especially because their headquarters is within the city.
That’s why they have been selling shirts like this one ever since the announcement was made.
Likewise, even kids know the Heinz brand since they use ketchup on their food.
Sadly, the big ketchup bottles will be taken down and the company’s branding will be removed in favor of Acrisure’s banners.
Everyone invested in the Steelers has to accept it because it’s part of the business.
They can only resort to online posts and tributes to remember what was once called Heinz Field.
Even Steelers legend Ben Roethlisberger shared his thoughts about the change.
I can't believe it, it doesn't seem right or real! Home will always be Heinz Field! I will never forget the last game, and all the amazing fans at FOREVER HEINZ! — Ben.#ForeverHeinz
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) July 11, 2022
Roethlisberger tweeted, “I can’t believe it, it doesn’t seem right or real! Home will always be Heinz Field! I will never forget the last game, and all the amazing fans at FOREVER HEINZ! — Ben. #ForeverHeinz.”
Heinz Is The House That Big Ben Sustained
Roethlisberger has the right to feel that way because his second home has been called such from his rookie year in 2004 until he retired last season.
He has countless memories of this stadium, including playoff games and his final game at home to cap off his 18-season career.
Interestingly, Heinz decided to end their naming rights contract after Roethlisberger retired.
Perhaps the company thought that it was best to end their partnership with the team as soon as one of the best quarterbacks in team history left for good.
That gesture, timed or not, makes Roethlisberger forever linked to what was formerly known as Heinz Field.