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Count Ben Roethlisberger among those who may not be fans of the new name at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Stadium.
The Steelers announced Monday that the stadium, known as Heinz Field since it opened in 2001, has been renamed Acrisure Stadium.
Roethlisberger, who played his entire 18-year career as the Steelers’ starting quarterback before retiring last January, took to Twitter to comment on the name change, saying “it doesn’t seem right or right!”
I can not believe it, it does not work right or right! Home will always be Heinz Field! I will never forget the last game and all the amazing fans at FOREVER HEINZ! — Well.#ForeverHeinz
– BigBen7.com (@ _BigBen7) July 11, 2022
Roethlisberger, 40, ended his likely Hall of Fame career with two Super Bowl wins, Rookie of the Year awards and the fifth-most-passing yards (64,088) in NFL history. The six-time Pro Bowler played 124 career games in the regular season at Heinz Field, leading the Steelers to a 93-21 record in those competitions.
Several other members of the Steeler Nation commented on the name change on social media, including guard Kevin Dotson and former offensive lineman Trai Essex.
Acrisure Stadium? !!! It’s going to take a long time to get used to it. If ever ..
– Trai Essex (@ TraiDay79) July 11, 2022
Steelers president Art Rooney II said earlier this year that he was “optimistic” that the stadium would keep its name, but Kraft Heinz did not extend his naming rights. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Heinz initially signed a $ 57 million name rights agreement with Heinz Field in 2001 and extended it through the 2021 season.
The terms of Acrisure’s 15-year agreement on naming rights were not announced on Monday. Acrisure, which operates as a top-10 global insurance broker, has grown its revenue to more than $ 3.8 billion in just over eight years.
ESPN’s Brooke Pryor contributed to this report.