Pittsburgh Steelers’ home venue to become Acrisure Stadium, ending two decades as Heinz Field

PITTSBURGH — Major alterations are coming to the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ home venue.

Recognised as Heinz Field since it opened in 2001, the stadium will be known as Acrisure Stadium beginning this season, the team announced Monday.

Phrases of the new 15-12 months offer were being not launched. But Acrisure, which operates as a major-10 world-wide insurance plan broker, has grown its earnings to more than $3.8 billion in just around eight years. It also has the naming legal rights to an indoor arena remaining built near Palm Springs, California.

“We are energized to lover with Acrisure for the naming rights to our stadium,” Steelers president Artwork Rooney II mentioned. “Acrisure supplied us with an option to ensure our stadium carries on to be a worthwhile asset for our followers as perfectly as preserving up with the marketplace benefit of NFL stadiums.”

Heinz, headquartered in Pittsburgh, originally signed a 20-year deal for naming legal rights to Heinz Industry for $57 million in 2001 and prolonged it by way of the 2021 time.

“While we worked diligently with the Steelers for a number of months around a new naming rights offer, they discovered a new spouse ready to pay noticeably additional than we could justify. When our name will no lengthier be on the stadium, Heinz will continue to be a major, extended-time period sponsor of the Steelers and we’re thrilled to announce the details of our new partnership in the times forward,” the Kraft Heinz Company reported in a statement.

Rooney had been “optimistic” the stadium would retain its title earlier this yr, but ultimately, Kraft Heinz did not extend its naming legal rights all over again. Even now, on Monday, Heinz posted a social media concept — with a highlight reel — assuring Pittsburgh supporters the partnership would keep on, which raises the issue of the long term of the ketchup bottles.

Two iconic ketchup bottles now flank the stadium’s online video board. When the Steelers access the red zone, an illuminated pink recent of ketchup seems to move from the bottles and into the video clip board.

Kraft and Heinz merged to sort the Kraft Heinz Firm in 2015, and the two are co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Acrisure, in the meantime, is a Michigan-centered insurance brokerage. And though the firm won’t show up to have the exact neighborhood ties to Pittsburgh as Heinz, Acrisure recently acquired section of Tulco, a tech organization dependent in Pittsburgh and launched by Thomas Tull, a minority proprietor of the Steelers. Right after the 2020 acquisition, Tull turned chairman of the Acrisure Know-how Team.

“This is good partnership and will have a remarkable effects on equally companies as very well as the higher Pittsburgh community. The Steelers and Acrisure share the same core values of successful and excellence and I could not be prouder to be partnered with both,” Tull claimed in a assertion.