Will Home Team advantage be a dependable X-Factor for the Steelers this season?
The Pittsburgh Steelers need more than luck to win have success against a tough schedule. Can Ben Roethlisberger and company rely on their city for support?
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of America’s most-followed football franchises. Since 1993, many players and coaches have had a place to call home. The city of Pittsburgh has served as a wonderful host. In return, the organization has made it its mission to exude excellence.
This agreement between the Steeler Nation and its team has resulted in 6 championship seasons. If the city of Pittsburgh would like to celebrate a championship in 2021, they must do a little more than expected.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a history of being a tough team to beat at home. The fans of Pittsburgh have been terrorizing opponents since the early 1970s. Their home-field advantage has been a nightmare for teams since the 1970s. In 1975 the “Terrible Towel” was created to distract the visiting Baltimore Colts in a playoff game.
The fans in the stands unified with their team and joined them in the fight to victory.
At the end of the game, the Steelers beat the Colts and advanced to Super Bowl XI. At the end of the 1975 NFL season, Pittsburgh and the Steelers celebrated their first NFL championship.
“What have the fans done for me lately?”
There has been a shortage of terrible towels in the stands in the last 10 years. When ranked by average attendance by percentage since 2011, Pittsburgh finishes near the bottom. According to a new study by Picksiwse, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ average stadium attendance has been 92.81% over the last ten years. The Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers all have stadium attendance percentages above 99% or better.
The percentage of fans in attendance will make a difference in a season such as this one. Every game will be a tough one, so the ones played in front of the home fans matter.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have spent their offseason looking for ways to improve from last season. Their disastrous 1-4 ending to the 2020 regular season can only act as a motivation. In addition to the disappointing ending, the Steelers now have new challenges. Pittsburgh has the most difficult regular-season schedule in 2021. For the first time in NFL history, the regular season will be 17 games in length. With all of these challenges to overcome, the Steelers will need support.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will need all hands on deck to win games in 2021. The importance of winning home games will be amplified due to the strength of the schedule. The Steelers will host talented teams such as the Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos. The city of Pittsburgh must show up for their team if they want to celebrate another championship title.