Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers fans wave terrible towels before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Steeler Nation Really Is Everywhere


It always amuses me when watching a telecast of a Steelers away game and the commentators mention something about the Steelers fans traveling well. As if when the Steelers go out on the road the entire region of Western Pennsylvania just empties out onto the Turnpikes and runways to follow them. The reason why you see so many Steelers fans filling up the stadiums in  places like Jacksonville and Arizona is because they’re already there.

Former Steelers punter Josh Miller realized that when he and his buddy Shawn Allen went on a journey to visit 100 Steelers bars across the country. They have collected their stories from their adventures and complied them into a book which is to be released next month titled, “Always a Home Game: Our Journey Through Steelers Country in 140 Days.”

The pair actually got approval from the Rooney family before embarking on their journey. As a result, they were able to hand out 100 certificates to those establishments directly from the Rooney family, officially verifying them as a ‘Steelers bar’.

Steeler Nation is everywhere because people of this area remain loyal and prideful of where they came from. In the 70s and 80s the city of Pittsburgh’s population declined by nearly 20% as a result of the closing of the steel mills across the area. People left town to find better work elsewhere but they didn’t leave the city of Pittsburgh behind them at all. You come across anyone in any city in America who is wearing a Steelers t-shirt and you’re guaranteed to hear a story about which of their family members originally came from Pittsburgh. Sure there are bandwagon fans sprinkled in across the country just like any other team. There are fans that live in cities across the country with no familial or geographical ties to the area at all but for one reason or another root for the Black and Gold as passionate as the next fan.

The majority of the Steelers bars outside of Pittsburgh I’ve been to were in Florida and there were some great places. Nothing better than being with a group of Steelers fans to take in a game and feel at home no matter how far away from Pittsburgh you might be. It’s a great test of fandom to always be rooting for the “visiting” team even though Miller and Allen hit the nail right on the head by using the term “Always a home game” in the book.  Miller and Allen had a standard checklist of information to take when they went on their search for Steelers bars including finding out what the connection back to Pittsburgh was and if they serve Pittsburgh-style food and drink. Be sure to check out their book when it comes out next month and maybe you could retrace some of their steps and go visit those “Official Steelers Bars” all across the country.

If you’re not in the area of Pittsburgh tell us about your Steelers bar or any Steelers bar you’ve been to around the country!

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  • SteelCityIrish

    Born N’ Bred Yinzer here, now living in the PDX…
    Folks told me about the A&L on 60th and Glisan, but the real deal is The Hedge House on 34th & Division. Pirmanti’s sando look alikes and pierogies (although mine are better…) Out on the coast of Oregon there is “Bubba’s” in Warrenton, I can attest… Yinzer approved. After reading this article I believe this may be one of the places those guys visited. I recall seeing some kind of “plaque of verification” on the wall last season. Might have been the “Imp N’ Arns” though….

    GO STEELERS!

  • Craig

    There’s an official Steelers Fans of Minnesota coalition here in the Twin Cities. They meet at Patrick McGovern’s Pub in St. Paul every single game day during the season. They practically take over the whole place. They do giveaways, etc. Great time. Truly awesome stuff to have that kind of atmosphere up here in the upper midwest!

  • Pridenpoise

    “Steeler Nation” sounds like a ripoff of Raider Nation and we all know that the Raiders are and always will be the NATION.

    • Kimmy

      Fill another team’s stadium and then you may call yourself a Nation. You guys fill up that toilet bowl of a stadium out in Oakland, I’ll give you that. I sure can’t seem to remember the last time I ever saw a Raiders bar anywhere.

      • Pridenpoise

        Give me a break kimmy you obviously don’t know shit about football, if you don’t know that Raiders fans are all over the World, a couple of bars strewn throughout the U.S, big woop, our fan base is second to none. As for Raider fans in visiting stadiums, I can vouch for the fact that there are always a large contingent of the Raider Nation, east coast, west coast it doesn’t matter we travel, so get your facts straight. And it might be a toilet bowl, but the Squeelers cant buy a win their.

        • Kimmy

          *there

          • Pridenpoise

            Oh Grammar Nazi, another sure sign you’ve lost the argument, when you have to resort to correcting my words, by the way it’s auto spelling sometimes I’m just to lazy to change it so get over yourself.

          • Kimmy

            *too

          • Craig

            Lazy = I’m too stooopid to understand how to use a compoooter or phone.

        • Kimmy

          You sure schooled me.

          • Pridenpoise

            You seem be to the one who wants to “School” people, do you have anymore tips on the English language you can help me out with.

          • Kimmy

            You craft arguments about as well as the Raiders finish a season above .500. Have a good night troll.

          • Pridenpoise

            Ha ha good one, and as bad as they have been, they’ve owned the Squeelers asses for the past 5 years, what’s that tell you about them. Stick to writing high school year book entries, because this trash makes all the other blogs I read look like Pulitzer material. If it wasn’t for trolls nobody would read this shit, later bitch.

          • Kimmy

            I’m trying to figure out how long it must have taken you to spell-check “Pulitzer”. You must be exhausted. Have a good one!

          • Pridenpoise

            Probably not as long as it took you to look up what exactly a Pulitzer is, google it sweety I’m sure you use that all the time.

          • Kimmy

            Thanks for the tip darling, you’re just full of them tonight! I I’m sure the rest of the trolls under the bridge will be super impressed that you found someone using the term “Nation” to refer to their fan base and you totally set me straight with your mind-blowing facts.

          • Pridenpoise

            *I’m

          • Kimmy

            You win. My god. You don’t look like a total pathetic douchebag at all.

          • Pridenpoise

            Takes one to know one.

          • Kimmy

            And there it is. Well done.

          • Craig

            A) Owning is such a strong word. Let’s check the FACTS, eh there skippy?:
            2013: 21-18 Raiders
            2012: 34-31 Raiders
            2010: 35-3 Steelers
            2009: 27-24 Steelers
            Yup you guys sure owned the Steelers from 2009-2014. Nice try, jagoff.

            B) I’m surprised you even know what Pulitzer means considering your reading material probably mainly consists of Hustler and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

            Careful when you crawl into bed tonight. You don’t want to smack your rock hard sausage off of any furniture after getting off of trolling other NFL team sites. Goodnight, and enjoy your toilet bowl town of Oakland for the rest of your short and miserable life! XOXOXO