PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers’ North Shore home is getting a movie makeover for this weekend’s big “Batman” shoot.
Though it didn’t appear to be completely ready for its close-up earlier today, preparations were well underway to transform Heinz Field into the fictional Gotham Stadium.
NewsChopper 2 flew over Heinz Field this morning where the transformation had already begun:
Workers appeared to be creating a field that sits above the turf that the Steelers typically trod upon.
The movie version of the field features the name and logo of our “new” home team, the “Gotham Rogues!”
Crews could also been seen testing out the scoreboard this morning.
Dawn Keezer, the director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, says all systems are go – rain or shine – for the massive shoot involving thousands of extras playing football fans.
“No, there really isn’t any place for you to park, no place to come in. There will be very strong security measures in place,” said Keezer.
Even the day before, as setup continued, the yellow-jacketed security crews normally in place on game days were patrolling the perimeter of Heinz Field.
From Lawrenceville to Oakland, film crews have been busy shooting scenes for the newest “Batman” movie all over town.
The lure of catching a glimpse of the Caped Crusader as well as possible pyrotechnics has prompted hundreds of onlookers to gather around the movie shoots over the last week.
Thousands of extras are expected to descend upon “Gotham Stadium” on Saturday as movie crews shoot a game between the fictional “Gotham Rogues” and the “Rapid City Monuments” for “The Dark Knight Rises.”
One casting call for movie extras posing as fans promised a day filled with “action, excitement, special effects and explosions.”
Filming is scheduled to begin early tomorrow morning.
KDKA’s Jim Lokay reports: