By Dave Crawley

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – From a scoreboard to a smorgasbord, there’s a lot that’s new at Heinz Field this season.

But, you don’t have to wait for the preseason home-opener on Saturday.

Steelers Spokesman Burt Lauten led a media tour of Heinz Field on Tuesday to show off what’s new at the stadium.

“For anybody in the South endzone, they don’t have to turn around and look at the large scoreboard. It’s now up and running, as you can see, functional,” Lauten said.

There’s also going to be a new addition in the Great Hall.

“We are retiring Joe Greene’s No. 75,” Lauten said.

He’ll join Ernie Stautner as the only Steelers with their numbers retired.

There’s also some new food items this year.

Executive Chef John DiMartini said there are more than 20 new items, including a jumbo meatball.

“It’s a three-quarter pound meatball with pork, veal, and ground beef, and it’s stuffed with fresh mozzarella and spaghetti,” DiMartini said.

Selected items are available in concessions, club level, and suites, such as the burger on a stick.

“This is where my favorite item is. It’s a little arancini. It’s a saffron risotto ball, seasoned ground beef, sweet peas, basil marinara and parmesan cheese,” DiMartini said.

For Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll, there’s the Emperor Burger, with a mouthful of ingredients.

It’s comfort food for fans during those long cold nights of winter.

The Steeler Dog kicks off the AFC North mini sampler.

“We’ve got the Baltimore Dog, which is crab dip on top with sweet ketchup, some scallions. Then we’ve got the Cincinnati Dog. Skyline chili, diced cheese and sliced white onions,” DiMartini said.


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