Steelers In Hoboken was founded in 2000
by Pittsburgh natives Benjamin Stern and David Kovscek. Ben and Dave
were roommates in Hoboken, and like many of us that live in towns
outside of Pittsburgh, they were tired of watching Steelers games from
the most remote corners of the local sports bars.
So, what did they do?? They dedicated their time to finding a bar
that would commit to showing the Steelers game every week - on a BIG TV
- with SOUND. When the Liberty Bar expressed interest, all Ben and
Dave had to do was guarantee them 10-15 Steelers fans per week.
Ben and Dave figured there were lots of Steelers fans in the area, but
they had no idea they were creating an avalanche of sorts. I guess
it was like Field of Dreams: "If you build it, they will come", because
word started to get around that the Liberty Bar was a Steelers bar!
The Polka blared every time we scored, you could hear chants of
"Cleveland Sucks!" from the other side of town. Heck, people that
had never met were high-fiving and even hugging with each score.
What started out as a small but loyal weekly gathering grew to a
sweltering crowd of forty plus by the end of the season!
Steelers In Hoboken was for real!
Before the second season, our yinzers, Ben and Dave decided to get smart
and both took off for business school. Two of their faithful recruits,
Matt Logan – who served as club president from 2001-2007 - and "Mean"
Rob Mancini, took over. Plastering the town with flyers and
spreading word of mouth, Stiller fans came from everywhere to join the
crowds at the Liberty Bar! Total membership hit the 200 mark, with
crowds over 100 for the playoffs games! What a season! (Darn those
Now in 2011, our TWELFTH season, we're BIGGER THAN EVER! Having moved to
a larger and more practical location - Texas Arizona in 2004 - we thank
Jimmy (Proprietor) and Mike (GM) of T&A and his staff, who have
graciously hosted every single Steelers game for the last seven seasons.
In fact, we have grown so much that even the spacious T&A is bulging to
capacity by game time. When this occurs, we send our overflow
patrons to one of several satellite bars in the immediate
area. Steelers in Hoboken is also more than just a mob of fans watching
the game every week. S.I.H. has grown into a legitimate fan club.
We proudly hang our banner at Heinz Field when our members make the
pilgrimage several times a year. We have an official
facebook page: www.facebook.com/steelersinhoboken an official myspace
page: www.myspace.com/steelersinhoboken and
even an official Twitter base: www.twitter.com/steelershoboken.
We crash the NFL Draft. We tailgate at the Meadowlands when the
Steelers come to beat up on the Giants or Jets. Transcending
football games altogether, S.I.H. (a 100% non-profit organization)
pledges to raise money for charity every season. As a rule, it's a
‘Burgh-based charity in which a Steeler, past or present, is directly
involved. Don't forget the annual Christmas Party, hosted by
Steelers Santa! He comes every year and bears Black and Gold gifts
for everyone! So come on down and join our local Steelers family!
Anyone and everyone is welcome - unless, of course, you're
Here we go, Steelers, here we go!