This Day in Ballpark History: Final game at Three Rivers Stadium

December 16, 2000

A sellout crowd of 58,183 watched the Pittsburgh Steelers close out Three Rivers Stadium with a 24-3 win over Washington. Jerome Bettis compiles 104 yards while Richard Huntley scores two touchdowns.

Delays pushed the stadium's first event from baseball's Opening Day to July 16, 1970, after the

Pirates returned from a 14-game road trip plus the All-Star Break.

While Cincinnati won that first baseball game, Three Rivers' first decade aligned with sports dominance in the Steel City. The Pirates made six postseason appearances, winning it all in 1971 and 1979. They hosted the first night game in World Series history on October 13, 1971. The Steelers made eight straight postseasons, winning four Super Bowls.

The Steelers compiled a 182-72 mark over 31 seasons at Three Rivers, including 13-5 in the playoffs. The Pirates finished with 1384 wins, 1082 losses.

Three Rivers was the site of Roberto Clemente's 3000th hit, two MLB All-Star Games (1974 and 1994) and the Immaculate Reception.

Heinz Field and PNC Park replaced Three Rivers Stadium, which was demolished in February 2001. We'll take in two games at PNC on Trip #3. It's hard to believe 2020 will be season 20 for PNC!


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