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Rooney: We will not open in New Orleans

The Steelers will not be part of the NFL’s opening game in New Orleans, according to Steelers president Art Rooney. The Steelers will open at home.

“We won’t be playing in New Orleans,” Rooney declared Thursday to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We have to be home that weekend because of the baseball schedule. Unless they wanted to play us away three weeks in a row, and I don’t think they’ll do that.”
PFT has confirmed there is a professional baseball team in Pittsburgh called the Pirates.

If Rooney is right, then ESPN won’t get their original reported wish of a possible Ravens-Steelers game in Baltimore. The game could conceivably be played in Pittsburgh, but it doesn’t make sense to put Ben Roethlisberger on a showcase game to start the season.

It’s starting to look like Florio needs to get those vocal chords warmed up.