How, why and who the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fanbase has become
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the NFL’s most storied franchises. And their fanbase has been behind them through it all.
The Three Rivers…Allegheny, Ohio, and the Monongahela. The lifeblood of the Steeler fanbase originated from the neighborhoods that border these rivers, the cradle of Steelervilization!
On the Allegheny riverside; from the base of the North shore supported by the Lower Northside up pass Troy Hill is legions of fans that date back Seventy years. Across the river is the Strip District neighborhood winding all the way up past the Lincoln – Lemington area with the bulk of the city neighborhoods stacked behind. Polish Hill, Lawrenceville, Upper Hill, Garfield, Oakland, East Liberty, Homewood to name a few.
The Ohio river supports Sheraden to Crafton on one side and Manchester to Brighton Heights on the other side of the river with neighborhoods such as Perry South/North, Spring Hill, and Fineview. The Monongahela river neighborhoods have some of the most passionate fans of the city because these areas supported the Steel Mills( smoke was everywhere) and sported the blue-collar mantra of the city.
On one side you have the Southside Flats and Slopes, Arlington, St. Clair all the way out pass Homestead, Braddock and through McKeesport to Clairton. The inner communities are Mt. Washington, Carrick, Brookline, and Beechview.
On the other side of the Monongahela River are a few of the Steel Mill towns such as Hazelwood, Glen Hazel, and South Oakland. The closing of all the Steel Mills cleaned the air quality but didn’t diminish the toughness of the city, not one bit.