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Date Opened Jul. 16, 1970
Venue Capacity 59,000
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Venue Address 300 Stadium Circle
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212

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Three Rivers Stadium was a multi-purpose sports stadium and event facility located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1970 through 2000.

The stadium's name was derived from the junction of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, where they formed the Ohio River, the "Golden Triangle". The stadium was located on the north side of the confluence.

A site was chosen on the North Side in 1958, but it took until April 25, 1968 to finally break ground. Three Rivers Stadium opened on July 16, 1970, and was home to Pittsburgh's Pirates, Steelers, and the USFL Maulers, as well as to concerts, monster truck rallies, professional wrestling shows, Billy Graham-type revivals, high school football playoffs, and other events. In all, Three Rivers Stadium hosted over 5,000 events in its 30 years of existence, but it was seen as an outdated facility in the "luxury box" and "signature stadium" era of the 21st century.

For the 2000 football season, Three Rivers Stadium was the interim home for the University of Pittsburgh football team. Penn State and their storied coach Joe Paterno visited Three Rivers during this season, with Pitt winning 12-0 in the last game to date between these old rivals. The stadium officially shut down for good following the Steelers' 24-3 win over the Washington Redskins on Saturday, December 16, 2000. The Steelers honored all of their greatest players prior to the start of the game to ever play at Three Rivers Stadium. The last game ever was shown on FOX. Eight weeks later on February 11, 2001 Three Rivers Stadium was imploded. The Pirates moved into a baseball-specific facility, PNC Park, situated to the east of the old stadium site, along the north bank of the Allegheny River. Later that year, the Steelers, along with the University of Pittsburgh football team, moved into football-specific Heinz Field, built right next to the old stadium site to the west, along the north bank of the Ohio River. The "Gate D" sign to the stadium, near Heinz Field, is what is left of Three Rivers Stadium. Fans were allowed to take home memorable stadium seats of Three Rivers, among others after the implosion in 2001. The UPMC Sportsworks Center contains seats from Three Rivers Stadium. On November 5, 2007, an historical plaque was dedicated by the "Gate D" area in honor of Three Rivers Stadium.

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