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Published November 12, 2013
TOO MUCH ROOM? In Pittsburgh, Alan Robinson asked with the Steelers "possibly staring at their first extended on-field slump since the 1990s, are they misjudging their fans' loyalty by pushing for a 3,000-seat expansion they hope will be completed by as early as 2014?" Steelers' attendance this season -- "not the tickets sold -- has dropped to an average of 61,818 (95.1 percent of capacity), which is down nearly 1,600 per game from 63,485" in '09. However, Steelers tickets despite the team's 10-14 record over the past two seasons "remain in strong demand" (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 11/10).
NEVER FORGETTING: In Green Bay, Scott Cooper reports Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker yesterday marked Veterans Day by "visiting Lambeau Field and presenting the Packers with a plaque recognizing the team’s frequent efforts on behalf of veterans." Walker and other state officials "applauded the Packers for player visits to veterans hospitals, for on-field tributes during home games and for other special events." Walker said, "There is a rich tradition. This Green Bay Packers organization really puts their money where their mouth is when it comes to supporting the veterans" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 11/12).
MILITARY TRIBUTE: The AP reported the Mets next season "will wear camouflage jerseys for five home games" as part of a "Military Monday" event that will "include free tickets for U.S. servicemen and servicewomen." The Mets have "worked with the Wounded Warrior Project in recent years," and team co-Owner Fred Wilpon "helped create the Welcome Back Veterans program that provides treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder" (AP, 11/11).