The Steelers this morning took the first step toward adding 3,000 seats at Heinz Field.
At the team's request, the city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority board passed a resolution to further explore and plan the possible additions.
SEA executive director Mary Conturo said the authorization was needed so the Steelers could take their proposal to add seats to the NFL for approval next month.
"The first thing to be done is to be sure the NFL is in agreement," she said.
Ms. Conturo said she had no timetable for construction and did not know how much the extra seats would cost. The Steelers could not immediately be reached for comment.
The seats would be added in the south end zone beneath the scoreboard. The team previously had said a mix of general, reserved and club seating was being considered.
Possible funding sources include a surcharge on tickets and personal seat licenses, a fee charged for the right to buy a seat.
Also today, the SEA board approved a development and maintenance agreement for the World War II Memorial on the North Shore. Mark Schneider, a representative for the group building the memorial, said it is close to raising the $4.5 million needed for the tribute. Construction is expected to start in late spring or early summer.
The board also approved $1.1 million in spending to build out space for SEA offices at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Ms. Conturo said a study showed the new construction was more cost effective in the long run than continuing to lease space at the Regional Enterprise Tower Downtown.
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