Count Ben Roethlisberger is among those who might not be fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers stadium’s new name.
The Steelers announced Monday that the stadium, known as Heinz Field since it opened in 2001, has been renamed Acrisure Stadium.
Roethlisberger, who played his entire 18-year career as the Steelers’ starting quarterback before retiring last January, took to Twitter to comment on the name change, saying, “It doesn’t seem right or real !“
I can’t believe it doesn’t seem right or real! Home will always be Heinz Field! I will never forget the last game and all the great fans at FOREVER HEINZ! – Ben.#ForeverHeinz
– BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) July 11, 2022
The 40-year-old Roethlisberger ended his likely Hall of Fame career with two Super Bowl wins, Rookie of the Year honors and the fifth-most passing yards (64,088) in NFL history. The six-time Pro Bowler played 124 regular season games during his career at Heinz Field and led the Steelers to a 93-21 record in those competitions.
Several other Steeler Nation members commented on the name change on social media, including guard Kevin Dotson and former offensive lineman Trai Essex.
Acrisure Stadium?!!! It will take forever to get used to. If ever..
— Trai Essex (@TraiDay79) July 11, 2022
Steelers president Art Rooney II said earlier this year he was “optimistic” the stadium would keep his name, but Kraft Heinz did not renew his naming rights. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Heinz initially signed a 20-year deal for the naming rights to Heinz Field in 2001 for $57 million, extending it through the 2021 season.
The terms of Acrisure’s 15-year naming rights deal were not released Monday. Acrisure, which operates as a top 10 global insurance broker, has grown its revenue to more than $3.8 billion in just over eight years.
ESPN’s Brooke Pryor contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34230417/ben-roethlisberger-tweets-pittsburgh-steelers-stadium-name-change-seem-right-real Ben Roethlisberger tweets Pittsburgh Steelers’ stadium name change ‘doesn’t seem right or real’