(AP) PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Steelers can move forward with plans to build an amphitheater near Heinz Field.
The city-county Sports-and-Exhibition Authority has approved up to $10million in tax credits that the team plans to use for infrastructure for the project.
The team is working with Continental Real Estate as its development partner on the project.
The team plans to build a glass-covered amphitheater that would seat about 1,200 people, and to surround the venue with bars and restaurants.
The Steelers will receive $1 million in tax credits over the next ten years.
The project has to meet certain sales tax revenue goals to remain eligible to receive all the credits.
and the point of a 1,200 seat amphitheater is.......? You can fit that many people in a good sized bar to see a cover band on Friday nights. For an out of towner I am always happy to find something else to do when in town for games but what kind of entertainment caters to the 1,200 seat crowd? If it is meant to simply be an open air seating area for festivals and have family oriented activities it may make sense but if it is an admission charging arena it is a waste.