The SEA was incorporated on February 3, 1954 as the Public Auditorium Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The name was changed in November 1999 to the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA).
In July of 1998, the SEA began working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County to implement the Regional
Destination Financing Plan (RDFP). The goal of the Plan was to make Pittsburgh a premier destination for people across the country and around the world.
The Plan supported the construction of PNC Park, Heinz Field, and the expansion of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, as well as the infrastructure improvements associated with these projects. The RDFP's combined cost exceeds $1 billion with monies coming from hotel tax and sales tax revenues, Steelers ticket surcharges, parking revenues, State appropriations, federal funds, corporate funds, foundation money, and team contributions. No City or County funds were used to pay for these projects.
SEA owned facilities include:
- Lower Hill Redevelopment Site
- Consol Energy Center
- PNC Park
- Heinz Field
- David L. Lawrence Convention Center
- Convention Center Riverfront Plaza
- North Shore Riverfront Park
- North Shore Garage
The SEA also provides administrative and other staff support to the Stadium Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.
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