Have you ever met a Pittsburgh Steelers fan? I’m sure you have. Simply put, we are everywhere. My father once joked that people could go deep into the Amazonian rainforest and they would still somehow manage to find a Pittsburgh Steelers fan somewhere along the way. There is some truth to that, though.
If you take a look at this map, you’ll find that Pittsburgh Steelers fans roll deep. While that might not impress a fan from a rival city, it’s certainly a prideful anecdote for us. In addition to countless locations throughout the United States, there are Pittsburgh Steelers fanbase bars in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, China, Japan, the Philippines, Peru, Brazil, Italy, Venezuela, Portugal, Germany, France, Austria, Ireland and England, to name a few. There are even two spots in New Zealand! During my six years in Chicago, I frequented the Dark Horse Tap (one of the six Steelers bars in the city) on game days. I formed a bond with other fans over the years – we laughed, we screamed, we shared stories; we shared pieces of ourselves all because of our love of the team.
You see, I’ve never known any other type of life. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA – a city known for its hometown pride and fanatical fans. My elementary school played the Pittsburgh Polka and Pittsburgh Steelers fight song in between classes during the Super Bowl playoffs each year. People across town were always dressed in black and yellow or wearing a jersey from one of our respective teams no matter the season.
One of the staples of Pittsburgh’s football culture is our rally towel, nicknamed The Terrible Towel. It was introduced to the fanbase by sports announcer Myron Cope in 1975 and has since remained an essential accessory for fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers across the world.
I left my hometown nearly 10 years ago, but I’ve carried this pride with me across the globe. While I have yet to make a pit stop at any Pittsburgh Steelers establishments outside the US, I’ve supported the Steeler Nation in another way. In honor of this year’s 2016-2017 NFL season, I want to show my global support for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here we go!
Sa Pa, Vietnam
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Koh Tao, Thailand