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Pittsburgh Steelers build 2-story structure to block view of practice field


PITTSBURGH — It’s not exactly the Steel Curtain, but it’s close enough.

The Pittsburgh Steelers upped their spy-prevention game for this year’s practices by building a giant wall structure to cover one of their three fields.

Four black pillars about two stories high face an adjacent office building on Pittsburgh’s south side, and for practice sessions the team can raise an attached giant black tarp.

Coach Mike Tomlin playfully addressed the sudden quest for privacy during his news conference Thursday.

“I’ll leave that somewhat mystical for you guys to hypothesize about the origins of that and its use, and at some point we’ll address it the right way,” said a smiling Tomlin, whose Steelers play the Tennessee Titans on Saturday in Heinz Field. “I know how it is, man. This is interesting times, drones and so forth. We do what we’ve got to do to prepare and get ready to play to have a level and fair competitive playing field.”

Asked if he ever wonders who’s watching from the office buildings in plain sight (which includes an FBI branch), Tomlin said, “I wonder about a lot of things. Some of the questions I get in here, I wonder about.”

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