Steelers Nation Has Gathering Spots Worldwide

By: David Highfield

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Steelers fans aren’t just confined to Western Pennsylvania. In fact, there are Steelers bars across the United States and across the world.

The Iron City Pittsburgh Fan Club meets each week to watch the games some 1,200 miles away in Miami, Fla. There are normally about 300 people, many of whom are originally from Western Pennsylvania.

“Pretty much transplants,” said Steelers fan Terri Ging. “We’re from Plum Borough, Pa.”

In Raleigh, N.C., members of the Steel Triangle Fan Club meet at a place where they can watch games on 50 different televisions.

At the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s website, there’s a list of Steelers bars across the country, as well as a list of fan clubs.

In Philadelphia, they expect the second floor of O’Neals Pub to be packed for the big game. They call that space “Steelers Alley.”

The Steel City Mafia Fan Club meets in Alexandria, Va.; and in Washington D.C., fans get together at The Mighty Pint.

In San Diego, Calif., fans get together at Bub’s Dive, which has a Steelers Country sign on its website.

In Ocean City, Md., the gathering spot is Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon, where they have a heated tent sent up for the game, and will have a pierogie eating contest.

“There’s a connection. There’s a definitely a Pittsburgh connection,” said owner Buxy Buxbaum. “We call it the original hometown tavern, from Pittsburgh to the beach!”

Buxbaum is originally from Johnstown, and his bar is filled with Steelers memorabilia and t-shirts.

There are 3,000 people who have made reservations at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral outside Phoenix, Ariz.

While some of the fans are former Pittsburghers who left over the years in search of jobs, many others have never been to Pittsburgh. Some of them aren’t even Americans.

In North Belfast, Ireland, there’s the Pittsburgh bar and Restaurant. Word is, Steelers fans also meet at the Camel Sports Bar in Shanghai, China.

In Kuwait, we know of a group of fans spearheaded by a Pittsburgh contractor doing work there, and the Post Gazette’s Blog ‘n’ Gold has a picture of a Steelers bar in Italy.

In Monterrey, Mexico, about 140 Steelers fans gather to watch games in one bar.

Omar Santos says, “The Steelers are big in Mexico.”

Santos says only one member of the group used to live in Pittsburgh. He says he became a Steelers fan watching television as a child, “I’ve been a Steelers fan all my life. The thing you need to understand is in the ‘70s… they showed Steelers games.”

He says the Dallas Cowboys are much closer to him geographically, but the Steelers are in Santos’ heart.

“It’s the closest NFL franchise that we have, closer than Houston I believe,” he says, “but why would I want to be a Cowboys fan? Ha!”


One Comment

  1. Laurene Harrison says:

    PLease dont forget McGradys Irish Pub in Charlottesville ,Va.,home of University of Va, where James Farrior and awesome Heath Miller went to college, the steeler faithful have been meeting there for 4 years and we have outgrown the place..

  2. Big J says:

    Hey steeler fans don’t forget to visit the website and become a certified citizen of steeler nation while aslo possibly winning tickets to game and dinner. go steelers

  3. AM says:

    The Mighty Pint may advertise themselves as a Steelers bar, but the Penn Ave. Pourhouse is the home of DC Steeler Nation and has long been established as THE DC Steeler bar.. Five minutes on Google would have gotten you this.

  4. Kurt Emmert says: from the state that brought the Steelers Rod Woodson, Indiana. Nickel Plat Bar and Grill, Fishers, IN.

  5. David Broderick says:

    Buffalo Wild Wings on AL-150 is the gathering place around Birmingham, AL, also known as “little Pittsburgh” or “Pittsburgh of the South”

  6. Queef Massengill says:

    Will be watching at Terrance & Phillips in South Park, CO!!!!!

  7. Woody Blue says:

    Every Sunday cheering on the Steelers down here at Capital City in Milledgeville, GA! Go #7!!

  8. kendude says:

    don’t forget Rooney’s public house in Jupiter Florida which is owned by the rooney family

  9. Dana Jarvis says:

    It doesn’t matter what part of the world you are in, you will always be home with the Steeler Nation.

  10. Anvil says:

    Where are all the Packer bars around the country or world?
    Steeler Nation is well represented.


  11. JANET says:

    hey lib! way to go! saw you there



  12. Michael says:

    Steeler Nation is also in Nassau Bahamas. I will be watching this one on my 53 inch big screen this week though. I was in the Burgh for the Divisional playoff game against Baltimore.

  13. Barbara Elek says:

    love it.. we have Gordy’s sports bar here in Westerville Ohio,, Home of the Cental Ohio Pittsburgh Steeler fan club!!

  14. terri seaman ging says:

    Great story on behalf of KDKA that contacted the Iron City Pittsburgh Club of South Florida…We want to thank our club members at Buffalo Wings & Rings in Coconut Creek for showing up for our Pep Rally. Great Story on Steeler Nation. Terri Seaman Ging, Club President originally from Plum Borough, PA…We have the story posted on our Facebook Page and it is spreading like wild fire across the nation. GO STEELERS!!!! High Five to David H…Great job..

  15. Angela says:

    The bar to be at in Montgomery County Maryland is the Outta the Way Cafe – best Pierogi’s outside of Allegheny county!!

  16. Pat says:

    We’ve been to the Mighty Pint in Washington, DC. Owned by a Pittsburgher & is the official Steeler’s bar there (also the official Penguins bar). Great place to watch the games, affordable drinks & good food, too!

Comments are closed.

More From CBS Pittsburgh

Play It
Get The All New CBS Local App

Watch & Listen LIVE