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Steelers President Art Rooney II Claims Beloved Ketchup Bottles May Stay, As Sponsorship Still Continue With Heinz For 2022

Steelers President Art Rooney II Claims Beloved Ketchup Bottles May Stay, As Sponsorship Still Continue With Heinz For 2022

The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially changed their stadium’s naming rights to Acrisure Stadium, and it’s here to stay. President Art Rooney II and Acrisure CEO and co-founder Greg Williams met with the media to officially announce the new stadium name. The name officially is no longer Heinz Field, beginning Tuesday.

Williams has been a lifelong Steelers fan, alongside his wife. Now, he is partners with the Steelers in addition to his role within the Acrisure company. While Acrisure takes over the naming rights, Rooney discussed the team’s longtime relationship with Heinz.

“We appreciate the 20-plus year partnership that we have had with Heinz,” Rooney said in the press conference. “We are optimistic and hopeful to continue a sponsorship relationship with them. We are having discussions [on that].Who knows, the ketchup bottle[s] could be apart of that.”

Yes, you read that right. There’s hope for the ketchup bottles to stay. Beyond the iconic name in itself, the two Heinz ketchup bottles have become symbolic for Steelers football and the city of Pittsburgh over the last 20+ years. This would help make up for the name change, at least a little bit. Many fans have complained on the historic name being tweaked, but keeping the ketchup bottles may quiet that noise to some extent.

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PITTSBURGH – AUGUST 26: Giant Heinz ketchup bottle sits atop the Heinz Field scoreboard inside Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers football teams in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 26, 2016. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Rooney continuously mentioned that the plan is for this all to be done relatively quickly, including the sign itself in front of the stadium. Most of it is expected to be done by the beginning of the season, as he admitted there’s a lot of work to do in this transition process. While he wouldn’t disclose the financial specifics of the agreement, he did acknowledge that it’s a 15-year contract with Acrisure. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac reported on Tuesday that it’s worth over $150 million.

Rooney referred to the importance of being competitive with the peers around the league in terms of the stadiums. This deal moves the Steelers closer into that category. As is the case every season, there are additional plans to improve the overall atmosphere at Acrisure Stadium.

Steelers president Art Rooney II

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As for the stadium and field itself, Rooney did re-assure that the plan is to stay in Pittsburgh for 15 years and “hopefully more.” Of course, things can change, as we’ve seen with this recent situation. What do you guys think about the ketchup bottles potentially staying? Does it take some of the hurt away from the name change? Let us know your thoughts on all of this in the comment section below!

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Knight

    July 12, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Yes taking the bottles away has always been the thing my grandsons love about the scoreboard …. Find another way of keeping them on there … it will always be Heinz Field to me !!!! 🖤💛🖤💛 Love my Steelers

  2. Larac

    July 13, 2022 at 7:16 am

    I understand about the naming rights,if they bought it for 15 yes, their name goes up,but like many of you it will always be “Heinz Field” to me!

  3. Alex

    July 13, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    I am totally against the idea of the name change. I love the Pittsburgh Steelers and changing the name of the Stadium and field to me is discouragement and almost like changing the name of the team or even moving The Steelers out of Pittsburgh.i do not agree with it and I am honestly discouraged with the idea of it and think it’s very down graded to change the name. Just my opinion, and the money seems more relevant than the Stadium name.

  4. Nanda Boyd

    July 13, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I can respect the fact, that they spent their money on a big investment! And want their company name on it! It could have still been called Heinz field! Owned under Acuisure The people of the city of Pittsburgh could have been asked their opinion. Since we are the ticket buyers and support our team Heart and Soul! Then the next 15 years. Someone else can by the naming rights! It’s just crazy If it’s like (BOASTING). “He put his money into it, So therefore, he’s going to rename it what he wants!” However, 95% of Steelers fans have mentioned all over Social Media as well as myself! It’s going to called “HEINZ FIELD” to me and “That’s a Pittsburgh Thing!”

  5. Timothy Law

    July 14, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Heinz field…shame on a Steelers fan renaming the field and leaving Heinz out of it. Not sure what that company does but I’ll not buy insurance or use them!

  6. Sedrick Brown

    July 14, 2022 at 7:45 am

    When it stop being Three Rivers i quit caring about the name. Will always be Three Rivers for me.

  7. Sedrick Brown

    July 14, 2022 at 7:50 am

    And yes i know Three Rivers was demolished but the new stadium should have also been named Three Rivers.

  8. Louise

    July 14, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Why do they have to keep naming these stadiums after corporations? I don’t care who sponsors it, the corporations are just soulless entities. They should be naming the stadiums after beloved players & coaches who gave their best for the team & the city. I suggest taking a poll of the fans to nominate & vote on who the stadiums are named after.

  9. Don J Walker

    July 14, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Ketchup bottles stay in the stadium

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