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BlitzburghRockCity
03-20-2008, 06:12 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2008

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers will play a preseason game in August in Toronto against Buffalo, the first of eight home games over the next five seasons the Bills will play in the Canadian city.

It will be the first time the Steelers will play in Ontario since they beat the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in a preseason game, 43-16, Aug. 3, 1960.

It will be their first international game since they played the Indianapolis Colts in Mexico City in 2000.

The game likely will be scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 14-18, when the Toronto Blue Jays, who also play in the Rogers Centre, are on the road.

The Argonauts have a game scheduled at the former SkyDome Aug. 15.

The Bills received permission from the NFL this year to play five regular-season home games and three preseason games in Toronto over the next five seasons.

While some Buffalo fans fear it could mean a move of the franchise to Toronto, owner Ralph Wilson has said these games merely will help showcase the Bills to a wider audience and bring more revenue to one of the NFL's smaller markets.

However, Wilson is 89 and there's speculation that either he or his estate could sell the team to someone and that person could move it to Toronto.

"I think it was done to help regionalize the team on an even broader scale than they have," commissioner Roger Goodell said at his annual news conference two days before the Super Bowl.

"They have regionalized throughout western New York and that's helped the team be more successful from a business standpoint and marketing themselves more effectively. They have a tremendous amount of interest north into Canada and the Hamilton-Toronto area."

The Steelers last played in Canada in 1990, beating the New England Patriots, 30-14, in Montreal, a preseason game that was supposed to be played in Ireland before the financing for it fell through. The Steelers also lost to the New York Giants, 13-12, in a 1969 preseason game in Montreal.

More recently, the Steelers played international preseason games in Barcelona, Spain, in 1993, in Tokyo in '96 and in Dublin, Ireland, in '97.

The Toronto preseason game would be the second of four in 2008 for the Steelers.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08080/866600-86.stm?cmpid=HBEHTML


In a way I don't mind these preseason games out of the country but in a way I do mainly because it ultimately leads to regular season games out of the country. Keep these games in the USA, we're the ones that made this game famous and got it to where it is today by supporting the sport and now you take games away from the fans when we already have problems just trying to get single game tickets as it is anymore! :evilshake:

steelersgal86
03-20-2008, 06:53 AM
:iagree: I think the games should be kept here in the USA!!!

BlitzburghRockCity
03-20-2008, 07:26 AM
With the Rooney's now putting up the Steelers single game tickets on Ticketmaster that just makes this whole scenario even more irritating. I already can't get a freeking single game ticket because every scalper and ticket broker on the planet buys them up right away and I end up paying an arm & a leg and now and they want to continue taking games away from us.

Captcoolhand
03-20-2008, 09:11 AM
Well when they start taking away regular home games does that mean the season ticket holders should get a discount because they can't attend a game that in held in Europe?:evilshake:

yinzer
03-20-2008, 01:05 PM
are you friggin kidding me??!!! :banging: what a bunch of crap! this makes me want to :postal: sombody right now!!

swissvale72
03-20-2008, 01:50 PM
Moreover, what makes absolutely no sense is this season, it's the NEW ORLEANS Saints that give up a home game. It may not much matter to the Saints organization, but I've got to believe that it matters tremendously for those looking at the commerce of this city that's trying to rebuild.

Top Gun mentioned the single-game tickets. I managed to get tickets for last year's opener through their new Ticketmaster method, but I think we all agreed that the switch to Ticketmaster, rather than direct mail, absolutely sucked.

I wouldn't care about pre-season games being played outside the country. One could make the argument even that it would cost the season ticket holder less dough, one less pre-season game that he's required to purchase at full price.

There was a time when most pre-season games were played in neutral settings. But these regular season games.....its impact on a local economy, and on a team's competitive situation when they have to sacrifice a home game...hell with that.

steelcitysfinestXL
03-20-2008, 01:50 PM
Good for other Nations/ Bad for the US... they better bring a Man-U vs. Liverpool game to the U.S, then ill accpet this!!!!!!

Brady Quinn
03-20-2008, 01:52 PM
Pre seasons games is fine, but when they take a regular game away I will be heated. I hate preseason games I would not pay to go to one!

AZ_Steeler
03-20-2008, 06:17 PM
At least it's a preseason game... I would have blown a gasket had been a regular season game!

Stlrs4Life
03-20-2008, 06:30 PM
At least it's a preseason game... I would have blown a gasket had been a regular season game!


Same here, and we will still get our 2 pre season home games. If anybody should be mad, it should be the Bills fans, they are getting jobbed.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-20-2008, 10:14 PM
Same here, and we will still get our 2 pre season home games. If anybody should be mad, it should be the Bills fans, they are getting jobbed.

From what I gather the Bills were the ones asking to play more games in Canada...why I have no idea :dunno:

steelershoss
03-22-2008, 11:25 AM
At least it's a preseason game... I would have blown a gasket had been a regular season game!

I am not quite sure why everyone is getting all worked up about this game. Regular season or pre season, it would affect the Bills, not the Steelers, nor 49ers nor anyone else's home date. The bills lose thier home date, not the Steelers.
And for the matter of NFL being part of the USA, give me a break. It's the year 2008, the NFL is global. You don't hear us Canadians crying that the U.S has so many more NHL teams than us, even though the Canadian teams carry a lot of the crappy teams down south.
Please let's not start getting into a Territorial war. Trust me, the fans who come here to see a NFL game , will hate it. No place to tailgate, stricter rules on open booze, and the Skydome is a horrible place to watch a sporting event.

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From what I gather the Bills were the ones asking to play more games in Canada...why I have no idea :dunno:

The Bills are trying to build their fan base in Southern Ontario. And also, Mr. Wilson is looking for big dollars. Guarantee, Ted Rogers paid a ton of money for all these games.