Judge to rule next week on Heinz Field seats issue

Judge says he'll rule next week on who pays for 3,000 new seats at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A judge says he'll rule sometime next week on whether the Pittsburgh Steelers or the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority must pay to add 3,000 seats to the team's 11-year-old stadium, Heinz Field.

The Steelers argue in a lawsuit that the new seats qualify as a "capital improvement" under language of the team's lease. If true, the authority must pay two-thirds of the $30 million cost. But authority officials say the new seats qualify only as a "modification" of the stadium which, under the language of the lease, would mean the Steelers pay the entire bill.

Allegheny County Judge Joseph James — who has season tickets for the Steelers — heard those arguments Thursday and says he'll rule on the issue within a week.

The stadium has about 65,000 seats, making it 25th in NFL seating capacity.

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