LATROBE, PA – For the 54th consecutive year, Saint Vincent College will welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers players, coaches, staff and thousands of fans from across the globe when the team officially opens its training camp on Friday, July 26.
This year, 15 practices will be open to the public, including 13 on the Saint Vincent athletic fields. The three-week camp will also feature the third annual Steelers Charity Walk, the “Friday Night Lights” practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium and the Steelers Family Fest at Heinz Field.
Steelers fans are welcome to attend a Mass scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Sunday, July 28, in Saint Vincent Basilica celebrated by Saint Vincent College president Fr. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B. The Steelers players and staff have been invited and the general public is welcome to attend. No reservations are required.
Public Practice Schedule
Saint Vincent College will host 13 practices free and open to the public, weather permitting. The on-campus practices will take place at Chuck Noll Field, UPMC Field and the adjacent natural grass practice fields.
The 13 on-campus practices all begin at 2:55 p.m., and are as follows (weather permitting): Friday, July 26; Saturday, July 27; Sunday, July 28; Monday, July 29; Wednesday, July 31; Thursday, Aug. 1; Saturday, Aug. 3; Tuesday, Aug. 6; Wednesday Aug. 7; Sunday, Aug. 11; Monday, Aug. 12; Wednesday, Aug. 14; and Thursday, Aug. 15.
The Steelers will hold their annual “Friday Night Lights” practice at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium, while the team’s Family Fest practice is slated for 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4, at Heinz Field.
This year, fans will have the opportunity to take part in a meet-and-greet with former Steelers Legends prior to each open practice from 2 to 3 p.m. Scheduled guests include Merril Hoge, Donnie Shell, Charlie Batch, Rocky Bleier, Santonio Holmes, Greg Warren, Jason Gildon, Mike Wagner, Chris Hoke, Shaun Suisham, John Banaszak, Matt Spaeth and Randy Grossman.
Charity Walk Extends to Third Year
Building on the continued success of the annual event, the Third Annual Steelers Charity Walk will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 27. The walk will benefit the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research, which funds research that it believes is the most promising in the area of sports-related concussions and related conditions. Hall of Fame defensive back and four-time Super Bowl champion Mel Blount will host fans for the two-mile walk through the quiet, scenic trails of Saint Vincent’s Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. The cost is $30 for basic registration, which includes a T-shirt. Registration and additional options are available online at https://www.steelers.com/schedule/event-calendar/steelers-charity-walk/. Packet pickup will begin at 8:30 a.m. on July 27.
The Steelers Experience and Other Camp Features
Among the fun and family-oriented experiences offered through the Steelers Experience:
- Steelers Legends Meet and Greet – Open to the first 200 fans, attendees can capture memorable photos with some of the greatest players in team history. Steelers Legends will appear daily from 2 to 3 p.m. in the “Me and You and a Photo Booth Too” tent. The daily schedule is available online at https://www.steelers.com/schedule/event-calendar/training-camp/schedule.
- The Play 60 Fun Zone – Open to children grades 1-12, the Play 60 Fun Zone includes fun and exciting football-themed activities from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day practice is open to the public. Children will be able to register for the Play 60 Fun Zone once campus opens and is limited to the first 200 registrants. The Play 60 Fun Zone is located on the baseball field, on the left side of the Chuck Noll Field bleachers.
- The FedEx Air and Ground Zone – Fans of all ages are welcome to test their football skill by going through various football drills. All participants 18 and older will automatically be entered into a contest to win two season tickets to the 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers home games at Heinz Field.
- Fans can visit the Steelers Nation Unite tent and spin the prize wheel from noon to 3 p.m. daily to win great giveaways, including field passes and tickets to Steelers Family Fest at Heinz Field on Aug. 4. Fans can also pick up a roster at the tent and enter to win a football signed by the Steelers Legend appearing on campus that day.
- The official Steelers Pro Shop, featuring authentic apparel and memorabilia, will be located at the training camp’s entrance.
Concessions, Bookstore to Serve Fans
For the fans who visit camp, a number of concession stands will be available during open practice dates, and for the first time, debit and credit cards will be accepted for payment. The main concession tent will be located just behind the Steelers merchandising tent, while an additional concession area will be behind the bleachers on the main concourse at Chuck Noll Field. A drink station will be located within the Steelers Experience area, while The Shack snack stand in the Robert S. Carey Student Center will be open from noon to 5 p.m.
In addition to offering traditional fare such as chips, cracker jacks, hot dogs and hamburgers, a number of new entrée items have been added to the menu including wings, walking tacos, pulled pork nachos, pulled pork waffle cones, vegetable shawarma pitas and boneless pork riblets.
The Saint Vincent College Bookstore in the Robert S. Carey Student Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on days of public practice and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on days with no public practice.
Free Parking and Admission
The Steelers and Saint Vincent are once again collaborating to offer campus visitors a welcoming hospitality with free parking and free admission. Visitors are welcome to sit in the bleachers of Chuck Noll Field, or to bring folding chairs or blankets for seating around the perimeter of the fields outside the fencing. Picnic baskets and canned beverages are welcome but no alcohol, grills, glass containers or animals other than service dogs will be permitted.
A "Things to Do at Steelers Training Camp" blog, created by Alex Byers, assistant director of marketing and communications for digital media, features favorite photos from previous years as well as some notable sites on the SVC campus for fans to visit: http://info.stvincent.edu/life-on-campus/things-to-do-steelers-camp
Steelers Fest and Night Practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium
The 7 p.m. “Friday Night Lights” practice set for Friday, Aug. 2, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium will be preceded by Steelers Fest, sponsored by the Greater Latrobe Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce.
From noon to 6 p.m., Steelers Fest will be located outside of Latrobe Memorial Stadium and will feature a number of fun family activities. Steelers Fest will include the Steelers Experience, as well as the Steelers six Lombardi Trophies and the Steelers Ford F-150 truck, both available for photos with fans. It will also have the Steelers Nation Unite tent, “Game Faces” face painting, the inflatable Quarterback Challenge game and a number of other activities. Steelers legends Jon Kolb (4 to 5 p.m.) and Arthur Moats (5 to 6 p.m.) will also visit Steelers Fest and will be available for photos and autographs.
Tickets for the night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium can be purchased the day of the event beginning at noon at the stadium, located at 131 Irving Ave. in the city of Latrobe. Tickets are $5 for adults aged 13-65 and $2 for senior citizens and children 5-12. Children under 5 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the Pittsburgh country band Saddle Up performing a concert beginning at 5:15 p.m. The 7 p.m. practice will last approximately two hours and will be followed by fireworks. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Greater Latrobe Athletic Department to fund student programs such as student council and booster organizations.
Camp Started at Saint Vincent in 1966
Through their first three decades in the National Football League, the Steelers held their training camp at a variety of locations, as far east as New England and as far west as Wisconsin. In 1966, for the third straight summer, training camp for the Steelers was at the University of Rhode Island. The team was there through the first four weeks of a five-game preseason schedule. Then, after a loss in Green Bay to Vince Lombardi’s Packers, Coach Bill Austin wanted the team close to Pittsburgh because the 1966 regular season was due to open with a home game against the New York Giants on Sept. 11. With no practice fields of their own at the time, the Steelers turned to Saint Vincent College. On July 29, 1966, the Steelers arrived on campus and spent a couple of weeks going through final preparations for the season. The Latrobe Bulletin report on their arrival was secondary to reports about local baseball leagues and the late Arnold Palmer’s appearance in the 48th annual PGA Championship Tournament.
In 1967, the Steelers conducted their entire training camp at Saint Vincent College and have returned every year since. Saint Vincent is the second-longest serving training camp site in the National Football League, with its 54-year tenure behind only that of Saint Norbert College’s affiliation with the Green Bay Packers which spans to 1958. Saint Vincent and Saint Norbert are two of just five colleges to currently host an NFL training camp.
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Photos of 2018 Steelers Training Camp by Alex Byers, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications for Digital Media.
For an updated daily schedule, lodging information, photo galleries from training camp and more, visit Saint Vincent College's 2019 Training Camp website.
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