Crews Dig Out Heinz Field After Snowstorm

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If you think you had trouble digging out of your driveway this morning, imagine if you had to dig out a 65,000 seat stadium.

However, that’s exactly what’s going on at Heinz Field today as crews prepare for Sunday’s AFC Championship.

An army of guys armed with snow shovels cleared out Heinz Field the old-fashioned way Friday afternoon.

Four plus inches of snow has to be cleared from each and every seat, each and every step, even Mr. Rooney’s statue has to be cleared off. It’s late January, we’re playing football and we like it, snow, cold or whatever.

As for the field condition, the Steelers declined to be interviewed, but officials say it is nearly pristine.

It’s newly laid sod was covered with a tarp and is being heated. So, playing conditions on the ground should be excellent.

The air game is a different story.

A chilled wind is whipping through Heinz Field, a field known as one of the most difficult for kickers in the NFL. It just so happens that the New York Jets kicker, Nick Folk, has botched more field goals this season than any kicker in the NFL. Just sayin’…

But the snowfall at in Pittsburgh is nothing compared to what they faced at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Piles of snow by the truck load were hauled out of there earlier this month after a blizzard hit the Boston area. Crews there said 16 million cubic feet of snow filled the stadium.

“If you put that on top of the playing surface of the stadium, it would be 280 feet tall,” said a Gillette Stadium official. “That would be 110 feet higher than the highest seat in the building.”

The Steelers aren’t talking about how much snow they’ve hauled out of Heinz Field. But needless to say, it’s a lot. They expect it will be all gone by game day.

There’s a chance for more snow Sunday morning. Also, the game time temperature will be in the teens. So, while the snow may be all cleared away, it will be one cold game.

  • NoProofing

    > It’s newly laid sod was covered with a tarp

    No need for an apostrophe, at least that’s what even the public schools teach in 4th grade. “Its” is possessive, “it’s” is a contraction for “it is” which wouldn’t make sense in this sentence.

    • NoProofing

      > But the snowfall at in Pittsburgh

      Seriously, can you write a single article that would pass a 7th grade assignment?

      • steelers fan in Central Pa

        I bet you`re a real day at the beach to live with… Seriously does that apostrophe actually bother you that much?
        Take your meds!

    • You mom

      Feel better?

      • Your mom

        Not yet.

  • Lj

    How do you expect them to be literate when their main focus on TV news is looking pretty?

  • To the grammar all stars

    You’re grammar knowledge impresses no one. Really happy you keep your 4th grade education polished. Get a hobby. No one cares that you caught a grammar mistake with in an online article. Would be admirable if you showed some other kind of knowledge other than your expertice in english and grammar within a sports article covering the field condition of a professional sporting event.

  • KDKAArticles

    I think the point being made here, which is made on many articles isn’t that KDKA made a mistake, but rather they rarely EVER deliver an article that doesn’t have mistakes. It’s not about impressing people, it’s about pointing out how poorly their articles are proofread. It’s quite embarrassing for Pittsburgh.

    And yes, we can simply go somewhere else if we wish, but we also are free to comment just the same.

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