Are you still in shock that Heinz Field is no more? Well you’re not alone, as former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still attempting to get over the Monday news that Heinz Field will now officially be known as Acrisure Stadium moving forward. Roethlisberger posted his thoughts about the name change on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
“I can’t believe it, it doesn’t seem right or real! Home will always be Heinz Field! I will never forget the last game, and all the amazing fans at FOREVER HEINZ!” — Ben. #ForeverHeinz
Roethlisberger’s last game at the place formerly known as Heinz Field took place in Week 17 last season. It was a Monday night game on January 3, 2022, against the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers won that game 26-14, with Roethlisberger completing 24 of his 46 total pass attempts for 123 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His last touchdown pass at Heinz Field went to wide receiver Diontae Johnson with 10:39 left in the second quarter.
Fortunately, Roethlisberger got to end his last game at Heinz Field with one final kneel down with 10 seconds left. That came on the heels of Steelers safety Tre Norwood intercepting a pass from Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield one play earlier. Roethlisberger’s kneel-down was followed by an epic and long send-off from the 63,624 in attendance.
For his career in the 124 regular season games played in at Heinz Field, Roethlisberger was 2,719 of 4,184 passing for 32,619 yards with 236 touchdowns and 94 interceptions. He was sacked 249 times in those 124 games. His record was 93-31 at Heinz Field in regular season action.
In his 11 playoff games at Heinz Field for his career, Roethlisberger was 250 of 395 passing for 3,040 yards with 21 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He was 6-5 in those 11 games.
Roethlisberger’s first game played in at Heinz Field took place on October 3, 2004, against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers won that game 28-17. He went 7-0 in the games he started at Heinz Field during his rookie season. His first loss at Heinz Field came in the 2004 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots after beating the New York Jets a week earlier in the Divisional Round at the venue.
Known as Heinz Field since it opened in 2001, the Steelers’ home stadium will now be known as Acrisure Stadium beginning this season and for 15 in total. Acrisure operates as a top-10 global insurance broker and has reportedly grown its revenue to more than $3.8 billion in just over eight years.