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Pittsburgh Steelers speaking with Department of Health this week to talk about fans at home games

PITTSBURGH — Officials with the Pittsburgh Steelers will be speaking with the Pennsylvania Department of Health this week about allowing fans back in Heinz Field.

A team spokesman confirmed the call but did not say exactly when it will take place.

Last week, the team said they were “optimistic” that a limited amount of fans could return for home games in October.

A source close to the situation tells 11 Investigates that Pitt officials will also be speaking with the state this week about fans returning in some capacity.

Fans Channel 11 spoke to said they would feel comfortable being back in Heinz Field.

“It really gets the team pumped up and I would certainly like to see Terrible Towels being waved at Heinz Field once again," said Steelers fan Nick Santilli Jr.

Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled the state’s gathering limits of 250 or less was unconstitutional.

Attorney Phil DiLucente believes that ruling allows teams to make their own decisions on fan attendance.

“If the Steelers wanted to bring back fans without the governor’s blessing, Judge Stickman’s opinion is clear that they can do it," DiLucente said.

11 Investigates reached out to teams throughout the state:

University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics statement:

“We remain in communication with all pertinent parties as it relates to possible attendance beyond September. We have already had three home games and managed our protocols strictly and successfully. We are hopeful and prepared to host limited fans moving forward.”

Penn State statement:

“Penn State does not have a call scheduled with the Wolf Administration this week on this issue. However, any plans that the University wishes to pursue regarding fans would be done only after conversations with the administration.”

So far, the governor’s office has not replied to a request for comment.

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