I see your point, but is the NFL regular season schedule already done for 2009-2010? Seems like it should be pretty easy for the NFL and NHL to work something out for Heinz that day? After all the NFL is getting some exposure too. They could do some type of Steeler tie-in or whatever.
I can believe that, but anything is better than an arrangement where all along the infield lines, the people in the lower seats can't view even 50% of the ice surface, and the people in the outfield are so far away that they can't see numbers of players, the puck, etc. Granted nosebleeds in a football stadium would probably suck but in a modern field like Heinz they should be as good as a nosebleed is going to get (in any stadium).
Solution? Make the ice the entire size of the field and let the entire bench play all at once!!!