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Pittsburgh Steelers To Enhance Public Safety And Improve Stadium Access For Fans

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced today an NFL policy that limits the size and type of bags that......

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Steelers Fans Fill Latrobe Stadium For Night Practice

(Photo Credit: KDKA)The Steelers held their annual night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium Friday evening. Crowds lined up early to get spots around the fence that...

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Art Rooney and Roger Goodell Help Minnesota Senate Pass Stadium Bill

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The Minnesota House Government Operations Committee voted against a bill that would have constructed a $ 975 million stadium for the Vikings this past week.

After that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Steelers president and chair of the NFL's stadium committee hopped a plane to St. Paul to meet with legislators.

They're singing a different tune now. fter the failed vote, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said "We have to get a stadium next year or the Vikings will leave. It's just as clear as that." A companion bill was proposed to the senate's Senate's Local Government and Elections Committee, and it passed Friday - barely - with an 8-6 vote.

Reports indicate Goodell and Rooney did not bring with them an ultimatum, but it seems more likely one didn't need to be made any way. Edward Roski, a partial owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings, has everything cleared for an $ 800 million stadium outside Los Angeles. All he is waiting for is a team. The Vikings clearly would have explored fully the possibility of selling at least a 30 percent stake in the team - Roski's request - and moving it to Los Angeles, just like the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA did in 1959.

Instead, life in the proposed project - which includes $ 398 million from a tax on scratch-off lottery tickets and an extension of a current hospitality tax in the city of Minneapolis providing another $ 150 million - has life again.

Rooney's role in the matter was to present the economic benefits of a new stadium and revitalized growth in an area I can say, as a Minneapolis suburban resident, is stagnant. The Metrodome itself isn't the only bland aspect of the area in which it rests. Hennepin County's largest hospital sits nearly adjacent to the tenant-less domed facility, and the aging buildings around it clearly have seen better days. A re-investment into this once proud area would be a boost to the city and the taxpayers who are footing the bill.

The Warehouse District, now home to Target Field and the Minnesota Twins, had an overhaul of development that coincided with the construction of the stadium. Obviously, economic development comes with a cost, and it's a big decision for the legislature. The NFL does not want the Vikings to be the team that will move to Los Angeles, but there is little doubt among Dayton, Goodell, Rooney or many Minnesotans that will be the result should a stadium not be built.



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Goodell offers facts, not threats, on stadium


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ST. PAUL, Minn. National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II met with Minnesota governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders Friday morning, serving a "reality check" on the Minnesota Vikings' struggle to get a new stadium built with help from public funding.

On Monday, a House committee voted, 9-6, against a 975 million stadium bill that seemed to have bi-partisan support less than a month ago. The vote dealt a major blow to the Vikings' decade-long quest to replace the outdated Metrodome.

"I believe they served us a reality check, and it's very appreciated," said Sen. Julie Rosen, an author of the current bill. "It's time now to get this bill done."

There is concern about the recent setback -- not just on the part of Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf but also from the league, which has seen the Vikings place 31st out of 32 teams annually in stadium revenue. With growing viability in Los Angeles for an NFL team, the Vikings and Goodell have reiterated the need to get approval on a bill during the current legislative session. That session is scheduled to end April 30 but could be extended through May 21.

Goodell said his appearance wasn't about threating local legislative leaders but about sharing the concern the league has regarding the Vikings in Minnesota.

"There were no implied threats or any threats at all," Goodell said. "What we talked about is the importance of creating a solution that works for the team and works for the community. This has been discussed here for several years, and I think the legislative leaders and the governor understand that the time is now. Let's get this addressed."

Goodell and Rooney, the chairman of the league's stadium committee, met with Dayton and six legislative leaders for nearly an hour in Dayton's office at the state capitol. Dayton and Goodell had spoken by phone on Thursday, but Friday's meeting demonstrated the increased importance to both Dayton and the NFL.

The Vikings' lease at the Metrodome ran out last year. In hopes of getting a new stadium during this legislative session, the Wilfs agreed to play the 2012 season in the Metrodome, creating a situation that leaves the team on a year-to-year basis. The Wilfs were not present for Friday's meeting, and the Vikings didn't have representation in the meeting.

On Tuesday, Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley told reporters, "there is no next year" for a stadium bill.

"Well, they are frustrated," Goodell said of the Wilfs. "But they are committed to this community. They want to be here. They recognize for them to continue to operate here successfully and field a competitive team, they need a new stadium. And I think there's recognition by everyone in this community that a new stadium is needed."

The Wilfs have maintained that they don't want to move the team and have worked extensively with the legislature to get a deal done in Minnesota. But the presence of Goodell and Rooney should get the point across that the matter is gaining urgency.

"It seems like it was a productive meeting," Rooney said. "When I got a call from the commissioner asking if I could come up here, I said, Sure we can do it after the draft.' He said it was urgent and, You need to come right away.' We came to express our concern about where the situation is and do everything we can to encourage that action needs to be taken now."

The viability of the team moving to Los Angeles was certainly a subject in the meeting, first broached by Minnesota legislators. Approval of league owners is required for both the sale and relocation of a franchise, along with other necessary requirements. But Dayton said that he was informed most of those commitments have been met. A move can't be made now, but there could be approval before the 2013 season, if needed.

"There is no ultimatum, but we did clearly talk about L.A.," Rosen said. "We did thoroughly talk that, that is an open market. There is a feeling amongst some legislators and some in the state that they would never leave. I think it was good to hear from the NFL and from a very prominent team owner that they do have the right to move or to be sold. For us it was good to have everyone at the same table."

Dayton has been in support of a stadium deal for months, and surprisingly the House committee vote Monday was largely struck down by Democratic leaders, going against the wishes of the democratic governor.

The bill calls for the state to cover 398 million of the costs, with 150 million going to the City of Minneapolis and 427 million covered by the Vikings, with the new stadium being built largely on the current Metrodome site. The bill was set for action later Friday in a Senate committee. If the bill gets through the Senate, it could be revived in some way for a House vote.

"The fact that they came here today, very short notice and cleared their schedules is something that indicates the importance that they attach to this decision, and the gravity of the situation and immediacy of the situation that faces the decision-makers here at the legislature in the next few days," Dayton said.

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Tribe proposes that casino should fund Vikings stadium

Northwestern Minnesota's White Earth Tribe wants to open a Twin Cities-area casino to help raise money for a new stadium.

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The elephant in the stadium: Spygate’s cloud of innuendo still dogs Patriots

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Power Company, Stadium Officials Blaming Each Other For Steelers/49ers Blackout MNF Game

As of Wednesday morning, NO ONE KNOWS CLEARLY why San Francisco's Candlestick Park experienced two power outrages during the Monday Night Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers v. San Francisco 49ers game.According to the AP, BOTH SIDES ARE BLAMING EACH OTHER, as the power company isn't for sure what happen to cause the two blackouts which caused fans, players, and TV announcers to WAIT IT OUT, Monday night, for a total of 30 minutes.The power company, PG&E, spokesman Jason King FIRST said that it was the city's own piece of equipment which caused the first of the two blackouts.It's also being reported that the city ISN'T TAKING THE BLAME for the stadium blackouts, as they're saying that the stadium COULDN'T HANDLE the electrical drain the media and ESPN was taking from the stadium.THAT ALONE CAUSED BOTH BLACKOUTS.

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Lights Go Out In the Stadium and On the Steelers in 20-3 Loss to Niners

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a deep pass on the run against the San Francisco 49ers

With a chance to basically cement home field advantage in the postseason, the Steelers wasted a golden opportunity in San Francisco Monday night, falling to the 49ers 20-3 to fall to 10-4 on the season.

The black and gold with a win would have put a strangle hold on the conference, as they would have controlled their own destiny to home field with wins in the final two games against the Rams and at Cleveland on January 1st.

Instead, they now are back to being the fifth seed in the conference, and need either Cleveland or Cincinnati to beat Baltimore in the final two weeks, and they also need to win out in order to retake the division crown.

It was a gutsy effort for QB Ben Roethlisberger, who played the entire game, which was late in getting started and then delayed due to power outages at Candlestick Park.

Roethlisberger, playing with a grade one ankle sprain, went 25-for-44 for 330 yards with three of picks, two of which led to 49ers field goals as they led 6-0 at the half.

Field position was against the Steelers all night, and the 49ers defense was as good as advertised, not allowing much all night to a Steelers offense that has had its own issues over the last two weeks. The average start for the Steelers on the night was their own 15-yard line.

Alex Smith and the San Fran offense wasn’t spectacular either, but they were effective and mistake free, as Smith came through with some solid throws when needed.

He ended the night going 18-for-31 for 187 yards with a TD throw of one-yard to Vernon Davis with 3:44 left in the third that extended the San Fran lead to 13-3.

The game was put out of reach early in the fourth when Justin Smith stripped Roethlisberger of the ball on a sack at the Steelers 17 with 11 and a half minutes left.

They got a “leaping” call on Lawrence Timmons to give them a first and goal at the five, and two plays later Frank Gore went in to make it a 20-3 game.

San Fran scored 13 of their 20 points on the three Steelers turnovers.

The injuries kept mounting for the Steelers during the game, as already without James Harrison who was suspended, they also lost LB LaMarr Woodley with another hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.

The Steelers are at home on Christmas Eve Saturday to take on the 2-12 St.Louis Rams at 1pm.

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