For some Pittsburgh Steelers fans, their home stadium’s name change from Heinz Field to Acrisure Stadium is a subtle issue.
After all, the team’s name stays the same and they are still playing at the same location.
It would have been tougher to handle and difficult to imagine the Steelers leaving Pittsburgh because it has been their home since 1933 when they were still known as the Pirates.
However, some diehard supporters are taking it as a big deal and for understandable reasons.
First, it’s the only stadium name they have known because some of them might be too young to have watched games at Three Rivers Stadium.
Second, Heinz is locally based, making it a true representative of the town
Finally, Heinz just sounds better than Acrisure, the Michigan-based company that purchased the stadium’s naming rights.
It’s a done deal and Steelers followers cannot reverse the change.
Whether they like it or not, Acrisure’s branding will take over the field and the big Heinz ketchup bottles will go down.
Yet even then, some fans would like to preserve Heinz Field’s memories with this shirt.
Sorry Acrisure, but nobody is going to call it that… pic.twitter.com/w4vwZtCDDK
— Pittsburgh Clothing Company (@PGHClothingCo) July 11, 2022
The Pittsburgh Clothing Company tweeted, “Sorry Acrisure, but nobody is going to call it that…”
They’ve included a photo of a shirt that reads “It’s Still Heinz Field To Me.”
What Matters Most Is That The Steelers Compete
Journalists and sportscasters are compelled to call it Acrisure Stadium for accuracy.
But some locals will continue to call it Heinz Field because it’s hard to shake off long-time habits.
Regardless of how they refer to the stadium, what’s important is that the Steelers continue to win and possibly prolong Mike Tomlin’s streak of not having a losing season.
They have what it takes to maintain that record thanks to talented players on offense and an elite defensive unit.
Once the Steelers continue to win, their fans should not care about the stadium’s name.