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What was Three Rivers Stadium?

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Three Rivers Stadium was a stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that opened on July 16, 1970 and was demolished on December 16, 2000. The stadium derived its name from its location at the confluence of the Allegheny River and Monongahela River, which forms the Ohio River.

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The stadium hosted both the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team and the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team (National Football League) from 1970 to 2000, as well as the Pittsburgh Maulers professional (Unites States Football League) football team in 1984 and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football team in 2000. The stadium also hosted many concerts, such as Led Zeppelin, Jackson 5, U2, The Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead.

Three Rivers Stadium was designed by Deeter Ritchy Sipple and Michael Baker, Jr. for a cost of $55 million. The stadium replaced the Pirate's former home of Forbes Field, but the Steelers' former home at Pitt Stadium remained intact until 1999. The stadium used Tartan Turf between 1970 and 1982, and it used AstroTurf between 1983 and 2000. The maximum capacity at football games was 59,000, and for baseball games, it was 47,971.

The Pirates played their final game at Three Rivers Stadium on October 1, 2000, and the Steelers played their final game on December 16, 2000. The Stadium was imploded on February 11, 2001 with over 20,000 people watching from atop a hill in Point State Park.

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