Steelers Fan Fest Weekend was held at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, arguably the largest Steelers Bar in the country. Harold’s — also referred to as “Heinz Field West” — was packed with fans wearing black and gold. An estimated 3,000 fans made an appearance, some traveling all the way from Pittsburgh. Even Arizona natives were there to show their support and wave the Terrible Towel.
The three-day event, Oct. 21-23, was in honor of former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back and Hall of Famer Mel Blount and his charity, the Mel Blount Youth Home. The Mel Blount Youth Home is a treatment program that works with young males who are victims of neglect and child abuse. Steelers legends were on hand to support the cause, including linebackers Andy Russell and Mike Merriweather, wide receiver Louis Lipps and play-by-play broadcaster Bill Hillgrove.
The first day included a charity golf tournament. Andy Russell told me he enjoyed supporting Blount’s program but was relieved that he didn’t get hurt playing golf. Saturday’s event allowed fans to interact with former Steelers players and listen to a concert by Donni Iris. Sunday marked the big matchup between the Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. Blount he hoped the Steelers fans would leave the weekend happy with a win, and he got exactly what he wanted: A Pittsburgh win and a great turnout by loyal fans who were eager to support his Youth Home.