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Pittsburgh Planning Commission approves plans for second video scoreboard at Heinz Field

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Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 5:12 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved plans for a second video scoreboard in Heinz Field, though it remains unknown who will pay for it.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority, the team's landlord, are involved in a lawsuit over how much the entities will pay for Heinz Field upgrades including a 3,000-seat expansion, the scoreboard and improvements to a stadium control room. The work is expected to cost about $40 million.

“The parties are still talking,” said Walter P. DeForest, a Downtown attorney representing the SEA.

An Allegheny County Common Pleas trial scheduled to start this month was pushed back until next year. The Steelers said in a statement they hope to finalize an agreement with the SEA and move forward with the project in 2014.

The commission is required to approve any exterior alternations in the stadium zoning district exceeding $50,000.



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