A couple of Pure Reception anniversary events were canceled due to the death of Franco Harris | Jobs Reply

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum has canceled Thursday to honor Pittsburgh Steelers great Franco Harris following his death Wednesday.

The program called “Franco Harris and the Immaculate Reception: 50 years later” was to be held at 6:30 p.m.

The sports museum said ticket holders will receive more information via email.

“As we know many ticket holders have traveled from out of town to attend this event, the Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will be open on Thursday, December 22nd from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, free to all visitors. Thanks to event sponsor Jones Day and other anonymous donors” , a spokesman for the museum said in a statement.

The ceremony was attended by Harris, Hall of Fame defensive lineman Joe Greene, shortstop “Frenchy” Fuqua, offensive lineman Jon Kolb and fellow Raiders Phil Villapiano and Mike Siani.

Another event that is being canceled is a private event that was scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. on the North AE stage. It was scheduled to air the NFL Network documentary “A Football Life: Franco Harris.”

Plans are still in place for Friday’s public event at the Immaculate Conception monument on West General Robinson Street, the site of Acrisure Stadium and Three Rivers Stadium. This event will start at 15:30. There will be a radio show of the play at 15:41, the exact moment of the Immaculate Conception 50 years earlier.

The Steelers will also continue their plans to retire Harris’ No. 32 jersey at halftime of Saturday night’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe by email at jrutter@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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