I wish that the fans that have no desire to go would go to the steeler message boards and offer them for sale before going public with them
There are socioeconomic changes occurring in the Burgh that are changing the constitution of fans that go to the game.
Since the mills closed in the 70's and 80's the city had been fairly depressed. For many people the only thing that kept our city positive through this depression was our blue collar heritage and championship history. Even during the 80's when the Steelers were playing poorly and the weather was atrocious many Pittsburghers preferred watching sub-par Steelers teams than facing the realities on the homefront.
I would say beginning in the mid 2000s Pittsburgh became competitive in attracting high paying tech jobs to the region and many of those people who took those jobs were boomerang Pittsburghers moving back home. On average, these workers have higher incomes than Pittsburghers who stayed and therefore drive the pricing for sporting events. Also, on average these people are not as connected to the blue collar heritage that Pittsburgh is synonomys for. They have no problem skipping a Steelers game if it really doesn't mean anything and the weather is not great.
The game has been yupified. The play on the field is softer and so are the fans. It's a reality that I have mixed feelings about because I grew up in the burgh and would like to return someday with a high paying job. First thing I would do is get some season tickets. Personally, I would give the tickets to my family if I could not make it to a game. No way would I sell tickets blindly. That's something that B-more fans do..lol! We have to realize that we on this board represent the top 1% of Steelers fans. Good, Bad, we will always be here posting away on these boards. It's just our thing.
I would go to every game if I lived in Pittsburgh and had season tickets.
However, its hard to warrant taking time off of work & paying over $1,000/person to fly to Pittsburgh, Buy Tickets, Hotel Rooms, Food/Drinks, etc for a team that is underperforming and continues to choke in games.
i think its funny how some fans criticize others for not going. unless they attend every game, they have no room to talk. as far as the season ticket holders not going. they already contributed their money to help their team stay competitive when they bought those tickets in the spring. what have the complainers done?