Jimmie Sacco, Heinz Field
Vice president of stadium operations and management
For close to 50 years, Sacco has been an integral part of sports facilities in Pittsburgh, dating to his first job in 1969 as an usher at the old Civic Arena. He spent 20 years at the arena, the Penguins’ former home, before taking over as manager of Three Rivers Stadium, and later, Heinz Field, when it opened in 2001. Four years later, Sacco co-founded the Gridiron Stadium Network, a group of NFL facilities taking financial risk to book concerts at their buildings, effectively changing the business model for how those venues secure those special events.