PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When the Steelers take on the Raiders at Acrisure Stadium on Saturday night, it’s expected to be one of the coldest games in franchise history.
This Christmas Eve, it’s going to be a special night at Acrisure Stadium as the Steelers celebrate 50 years of a perfect reception — but it’s going to be a special kind cold On the North Shore of Pittsburgh.
Historically, this may have been one of the coldest games the Steelers have ever played.
Temperatures on Saturday night are expected to dip into the single digits ahead of kickoff, with wind chill well below the 0° mark and possibly as low as
KDKA Meteorologist Falicia Woody said: “If you’re going to a race, wear extra layers and do what you can to stay as warm as possible!”
Steelers Digest editor Bob Labriola said the coldest game in franchise history occurred when the Steelers visited Cincinnati to face the Tigers in 1977, when the record temperature was -2°.
Speaking of home games, the Steelers just hosted an opponent in temperatures below 10°.
Dec. 17, 1989, 28-10 win over the Patriots at Three Rivers Stadium, game score 5°.
During games against the Browns in 2017 and the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots in 2004, the temperature at Acrisure Stadium (then known as Heinz Field) was 11°.
If the currently projected temperatures hold, it will be the second coldest game the Steelers have played in Pittsburgh.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the potential for severe cold as he addressed the media during his weekly news conference Tuesday.
“I’m just acknowledging that it’s an integral part of the December ball,” Tomlin said. “We have to be a 24/7 team. I think everyone who lives here and plays here understands and accepts that and that’s one of the reasons why we keep taking the approach we take when we have the opportunity to work in less Ideal weather conditions. Our attitude has always been to work in less than ideal weather conditions in an effort to gain exposure and experience. Those who have been here know and understand it, those who are new, like Mr. George Pickens , we took every opportunity to acclimatize them.”