Steelers won’t settle for followers in the course of the wildcard sport

The Pittsburgh Steelers were hoping fans could take part in the team’s wildcard game against the Cleveland Browns, but that won’t be the case. The Steelers announced Thursday that they can only take 2,500 people on Sunday evening.

That number includes players, coaches and staff. While this leaves some vacancies, the Steelers plan to fill those spots with friends and family of the team, not fans.

Steeler’s spokesman, Burt Lauten, said the team was “disappointed” with the news.

Steelers hosted fans in October and November

The news comes months after the Steelers picked up 5,500 fans in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in October. Fans were also allowed at Heinz Field when the Steelers faced the Browns on October 18 and the Cincinnati Bengals on November 15.

Things changed in December due to the rising COVID-19 numbers in Pennsylvania. New orders were received from the state’s Minister of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, granted, who advised people not to gather outside of their homes. With these orders, the Steelers were able to take in 2,500 fans at games in December. The team announced that these spots would go to friends and family members of the team.

The club will use the same approach for Sunday’s game.

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