The Pittsburgh Steelers flag at their home stadium might be at half-mast as the iconic features of what was formerly known as Heinz Field are being taken down.
That’s why some of the team’s diehard fans cannot contain their sorrow as the edifice shifts its name to Acrisure Stadium.
Who would’ve thought a giant bottle of ketchup being removed by a crane could be so sad😢
The Heinz Field era is officially over in Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/wVPPFoMv26
— OwnersBox (@OwnersBox) July 18, 2022
Heinz, a locally-based company that produces the world-famous tomato ketchup, decided to end its naming rights deal.
That’s where Acrisure, a Michigan-based financial technology company, seized the opportunity.
Some football fans accept the harsh reality of such deals because they don’t last forever.
Likewise, having their logo positioned throughout the venue goes to the highest bidder.
TV stations are actually scrolling this news at the moment: “Crews are taking town Heinz Field signs at Acrisure Stadium. That’s news? Please, stop this nonsense. That is not a story. Stop the whining and crying about a stadium’s name. Sports are not the same. It’s all about 💰
— John Sacco (@sacco_john) July 18, 2022
Still, Steelers fans couldn’t help but feel dejected about the transition.
It’s like a part of them died, so much so that some of them have started a position to re-establish the Heinz Field name.
They can call it what they want. It will always be Heinz Field. Definitely not calling it by that ridiculous name they gave it.
— 🍁Sandra Biego🍁 (@STLDisneyMom2) July 17, 2022
Meanwhile, some followers showed their disdain by using extreme stunts like this one.
— Stuart Feiner (@StuartFeiner) July 12, 2022
There are others who convey their emotions through shirts like this one.
— Aaron Smith (@Aaron_Smith_26) July 18, 2022
Heinz Field Ends With Big Ben’s NFL Career
However, some Steelers fans find consolation in the fact that Heinz Field retires with their beloved quarterback.
Kind of feels right that Heinz Field gets retired with Ben Roethlisberger.
— Mike Nicastro (@MikedUpSports1) July 11, 2022
The stadium with that former name has been a witness to two Super Bowl-winning teams led by Roethlisberger.
It was also there that he nurtured his six Pro Bowl selections.
Therefore, it’s also fitting that this is the last great memory they will remember of Heinz Field.
— Barstool Yinzers (@BarstoolBurgh) July 11, 2022
Roethlisberger delivered one more victory in front of the people that embraced him as their own for 18 seasons.
It’s a bittersweet moment because he meant so much to the city but everyone knew that he is not the same player he once was.
However, the Steelers will keep on going, especially with head coach Mike Tomlin going into his 16th season with the squad.
— Blitzburgh✨ (@Blitz_Burgh) July 17, 2022
Before the 2022 season starts, his predecessor had an intelligent take on the name change.