Steelers Have AEG Dreams

The NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers are reviving their efforts to have an entertainment complex next to Heinz Field – this time with the help of AEG.

Steelers officials originally tried to build a complex near the stadium called North Shore Live! that would include a 5,600-seat amphitheatre with a glass roof, surrounded by various buildings. That dream was dashed last year after Gov. Ed Rendell appropriated funds elsewhere, resulting in the Cordish Co. withdrawing from the project.

Now, Steelers spokesman David Lockett and director of business Mark Hart have told the city’s Tribune-Review and Post-Gazette respectively that the team is in the discussion stage with AEG to build a venue on the parking lot adjacent to Heinz Field.

The $10 million facility would be a "theatre-nightclub complex" that would seat up to 3,000, with outdoor concerts also in the mix.

"We’re in the final strokes, figuring out the economics and the business terms," Hart told the Post-Gazette.

An AEG representative was not available at press time.