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flippy
11-20-2012, 04:17 PM
I think I know the answer for many of you, but I'm curious which everyone prefers, why, and has it changed?

1. Heinz Field Game Experience

or

2. Watching the Steelers at Home


I'm 500+ miles from Pittsburgh, so I choose home out of necessity. But I even enjoy watching with family/friends when I'm in Pittsburgh and think I'd choose the home experience over the stadium even if I lived in Pittsburgh again.

I heard only 29% of fans prefer the stadium experience. And the preference is shifting rapidly to the home from 54% in the 90s.

I was listening to OTL on ESPN and they were talking about adding WiFi and the home experience in new stadiums. But I'm not sure that's enough for me really.

Pros of Home:
Twitter, Radio, No Weather, Better Food, Can Pause, Bathrooms, No Travel (to and from), No Parking, Less Expensive, No Drunks, More Comfy, Can Follow FF, Access to a Laptop, iPad, iPhone, More Time to Do Other Stuff on Gameday

Pros of Heinz Field:
Playing Dress Up, Getting to Experience the City, the Stadium, the people, the energy, seeing the flow of the game, the strategy, the athleticism, and everything that tv can't capture

I still love going to games. But as I get older, I realize I would choose the home experience because of the general convenience. Not that I have the luxury of choice.

Although, I volunteered for the Big Brother/Big Sisters program and they had an infinite supply of tickets to every event that companies would give away for these kids. And I've been to tons of non Steelers sporting activities and I realize that I enjoy the experience better when I'm at a game where I'm not 100% focused on the team/game.

I've noticed, I like the Steelers/Pens so much I can't fully enjoy the experience because I'm focused on their games. And when I look at the pros of the stadium experience, the pros are all about the experience and not the game. And I think that's why I like watching at home. I get to focus on the game.

And the game trumps the experience. I think that's how I feel currently. But I change my mind constantly about these things. I think I just get caught up in the moment and enjoy anything I'm doing more than anything else I could be doing in the world.

pfelix73
11-20-2012, 04:22 PM
As I get older, I am attending fewer games in person. However, this may change next year WHEN I get my season tickets...:)

pittpete
11-20-2012, 04:33 PM
Honestly, there is nothing like a home playoff game feeling.
As I've grown older though(42 now), I prefer to watch games at home by myself with just my son.
I'm in NY and in the same boat Flippy.
Too long of a drive and the expense to go to a game can cost me and my boys over $6-700 for the trip.
I pay for DIRECTTV just to watch them on TV and I won't go top the bars.
I took my 7 year old to his 1st Steelers game ever against the Giants and look forward to taking him to Hienz field next year.
After that he can go with his crazy uncle Pittsfan201 who goes to about 5 or 6 Hienz field games a year from New York:)

flippy
11-20-2012, 04:33 PM
As I get older, I am attending fewer games in person. However, this may change next year WHEN I get my season tickets...:)

Good for you! That's one of life's major milestones.

flippy
11-20-2012, 04:36 PM
Honestly, there is nothing like a home playoff game feeling.
As I've grown older though(42 now), I prefer to watch games at home by myself with just my son.
I'm in NY and in the same boat Flippy.
Too long of a drive and the expense to go to a game can cost me and my boys over $6-700 for the trip.
I pay for DIRECTTV just to watch them on TV and I won't go top the bars.
I took my 7 year old to his 1st Steelers game ever against the Giants and look forward to taking him to Hienz field next year.
After that he can go with his crazy uncle Pittsfan201 who goes to about 5 or 6 Hienz field games a year from New York:)

I would love to experience a playoff game or a SuperBowl some day.

pittpete
11-20-2012, 04:44 PM
Ive been to 5 AFC Championship games and 2 regular playoff games and it's undescribable when you look at the sea of terrible towels and then RENEGADE plays.
I almost friggin fainted at the Cleveland playoff game with Maddox when FU ran it in.
I also cried when SD beat us

RuthlessBurgher
11-20-2012, 04:55 PM
I would love to experience a playoff game or a SuperBowl some day.

There is nothing like being up in my bleacher seats in the 4th quarter of a tight playoff game after Renegade plays, with everyone on their feet, screaming, banging on seats, and feeling the actual stadium bouncing up and down beneath your feet.

I was a bit concerned that attending a Super Bowl would be somewhat of a letdown (more corporate bigwigs who sit on their hands as opposed to insane folks like myself whose voice changes completely from one quarter to the next because of all the damage that I am doing to my vocal cords when the Steelers are on defense). I was pleasantly surprised, though, with how Steeler fans were able to TAKE OVER in Detroit and Tampa with seemingly over 90% of the stands proudly waving Terrible Towels, and less than 10% in small pockets for the Seahawks or Cardinals (I didn't make it to Dallas for the Super Bowl against Green Bay).

I enjoy getting to see half the games live in person (the home games) and half the games from the comfort of my living room (the away games). Many people here at work think I'm nuts that I came in for work this Monday and last Tuesday when they know that I left Pittsburgh after midnight and drove 5+ hours until the sun came up, but that's the kind of thing that makes memories...you remember sitting out there in on a cold, windy, rainy night when the Steelers set up massive stadium-wide placards displaying "Thank You Military" on Veteran's Day, or sitting out there on a cold night (but not rainy or windy this time) while the team brought back guys like Bill Priatko, Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Dwayne Woodruff, Craig Wolfley, Tunch Ilkin, Louis Lipps, Dermontti Dawson, Rod Woodson, Josh Miller, Jerome Bettis, Willie Parker, Chris Hoke, James Farrior, and Hines Ward for the teams 80th birthday celebration at halftime.

flippy
11-20-2012, 04:57 PM
Ive been to 5 AFC Championship games and 2 regular playoff games and it's undescribable when you look at the sea of terrible towels and then RENEGADE plays.
I almost friggin fainted at the Cleveland playoff game with Maddox when FU ran it in.
I also cried when SD beat us

Just like Plaxico, you're one lucky son of a gun.

Wonder who's been to the most playoff games on the board? I've been to 0.

flippy
11-20-2012, 05:01 PM
I didn't make it to Dallas for the Super Bowl against Green Bay

I think I was so bummed by that game I didn't realize you didn't get there. You may have jinxed us by not attending.

pittpete
11-20-2012, 05:01 PM
Think my brother (pittsfan201) has been to 11 or 12

flippy
11-20-2012, 05:04 PM
Think my brother (pittsfan201) has been to 11 or 12

That's some dedication going all the way from NY. I love hearing the stories of guys that can make the trip to so many games from so far like your bro, RB, and others.

If I was a player, I'd play harder for folks traveling so far to see me play.

RuthlessBurgher
11-20-2012, 05:11 PM
Just like Plaxico, you're one lucky son of a gun.

Wonder who's been to the most playoff games on the board? I've been to 0.

I've been to every home playoff game since I've had season tickets (got 'em when Heinz opened in 2001), so I've seen them play Baltimore and New England in 2001, Cleveland in 2002, New York and New England in 2004, Jacksonville in 2007, San Diego and Baltimore in 2008, and Baltimore and New York in 2010. That's 10 playoff games at Heinz (7 wins, 3 losses).

I've been to two playoff games at Three Rivers before that, and unfortunately, they were both losses (to Buffalo in 1992 and to San Diego in 1994). However, that gets balanced out quite well by attending two Super Bowl victories (against Seattle in 2005 in Detroit and against Arizona in 2008 in Tampa).

That makes 14 playoff games total for me, with an overall record of 9-5 (and, yes, I am one lucky bastage).

RuthlessBurgher
11-20-2012, 05:13 PM
I think I was so bummed by that game I didn't realize you didn't get there. You may have jinxed us by not attending.

Well then organize a collection to pay my way next time! :p (kidding...kidding)...

Pittsfan201
11-20-2012, 06:17 PM
Hey guys, been to 9 playoff games at Heinz field ... 3 of those being AFC championship games.. Been to both super bowl wins ,Arizona super bowl was on my 30th birthday and about 8 months after my mother passed away so I had to go, and was simply the best time of my life.... There is nothing like watching a steelers home playoff game at Heinz field, the excitement and views from any seat in the stadium is great... Got back yesterday and that ravens game was close to it

lloydroid
11-20-2012, 07:22 PM
Been to both 3 Rivers and Heinz many times, but more so when I lived in PA. (Now down here in FL, today's conditions 69 and sunny;-). Been to 3 AFC Championship games, including the 1995 Colts game, which was 100% insane, since we kept coming so close each year only to fall, like vs. SD the year before, where, by some ESP trait, I just knew I didn't want to go to that game and was so glad I did not, as that one was a kick in the stones, bad.)

They just did a story on this on ESPN today, where they were analyzing on why people were starting to not go to games, citing comfort, improved TV quality, following fantasy football (harder to do when at a game but a smart phone can easily do the trick, so that can't be too much of the reason why.)

I do think going to some live games actually makes you enjoy watching games on TV MORE. Why? Because you have a better sense of what is really happening there, since you can reference your live experience. That being said, I do not desire to attend as many live games as I once did. There are many factors. But for one, I have no earthly desire to do a 3-4 hour tailgate session. I only enjoy that for about 1 hour these days. No marathon beer drinking required - I just don't desire that or feel it is enjoyable. Also, rocking a 60" HD 1080 with NFL Ticket sure is fun. I am kind of bummed that I don't need to even have the NFL Ticket to see Steeler games much this season (only 6 1:00 games all year). But I still do enjoy being able to watch any game that's being played at my finger tips. But if I lived in Pgh, I would probably go to a few live games a year, but living in FL, that isn't the case. If they had any home play off games, I might come up for that. Bottom line, going to some live games makes the fandom all that much more fun. The memories of some of those games are great. We were sitting in endzone seats at that Colts AFCC game and we thought he the Colt caught that ball when the clock read 00:00. We went from wanting to throw up, to complete joy - hugging strangers, high fiving everyone you walked by; it was like a world war was over and we won. That was just insane.

skyhawk
11-20-2012, 09:04 PM
Ive been to 5 AFC Championship games and 2 regular playoff games and it's undescribable when you look at the sea of terrible towels and then RENEGADE plays.
I almost friggin fainted at the Cleveland playoff game with Maddox when FU ran it in.
I also cried when SD beat us

Cool story. I also cried when I was there to see the Steelers beat the Colts in the 1995 AFC Championship game.