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The Pittsburgh Steelers have increased their season ticket prices in some parts of Heinz Field in their first year without Ben Roethlisberger below center.
Some Pittsburgh Steelers fans have to pay more for their season passes to see someone other than Ben Roethlisberger play quarterback for the AFC North franchise.
This is not the least bit shocking, but rather sad, to some degree. The Steelers have an undisputed top-three fan base in the NFL. No franchise sees its fans travel better than the Pittsburghs. While they could draw a franchise quarterback, trade for one, or hope that one exists out there in the wonderful world of NFL-free agency, fans hold the bag for what may be their worst team in decades.
This may be a means of offsetting lost revenue from the 2020 NFL season, but the Steelers organization does not need to turn their rabid fan base into lumps.
The Pittsburgh Steelers raise some season ticket prices after Big Ben retires
From a business standpoint, it makes sense. The demand for season tickets in Pittsburgh is plentiful. While not to the extent the Green Bay Packers have at Lambeau Field, Steelers fans will pack Heinz Field to the brink, win, lose or draw. Still, it’s rich to ask the most passionate Steelers fans to give up more coin to see a team that does not have a quarterback.
The Steelers will definitely get someone not named Mason Rudolph as the quarterback on this team. Pittsburgh does not have to give up the yard to overtake one or swap for one this offseason, but the Steelers need to have a guy out there who gives fans hope. Filling Big Ben’s massive shoes will be nearly impossible, but The Rooneys can not trot out a tomato can, and that’s okay.
Steelers fans are loyal and rabid, but they are not stupid, so do not confuse them with suckers.