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Judge Deals Setback To Steelers' Quest To Expand Heinz Field
The Pittsburgh Steelers must show a 3,000-seat expansion of Heinz Field is a capital improvement if the team wants the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority to help pay for it, an Allegheny County judge ruled on Wednesday.
In his ruling denying the team's motion for a partial judgement, Common Pleas Judge Joseph M. James said the Steelers failed to show that an addition or modification has been installed in at least half of all NFL stadiums with at least 25 percent of the cost covered by federal, state or local governments.
At a hearing before James last week, Steelers attorney Arthur H. Stroyd Jr. said the SEA should be forced to pay two-thirds of the cost of the seats, or roughly $20 million, because it was a capital improvement.
Walter DeForest, an attorney representing the SEA, contends the upgrade is a “modification” and does not meet the lease's definition of a capital improvement.
Heinz Field ranks 25th out of 31 NFL stadiums in terms of seating capacity.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review
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