Pittsburgh Steelers unable to return to Saint Vincent College for 2021 training camp

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will not return to Saint Vincent College for training camp this summer, instead splitting camp between Heinz Field and the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

The Steelers announced Thursday morning that the team was denied approval from the NFL to have training camp at an off-site location.

This is the second straight year that camp will not be held at the college in Latrobe. The Steelers’ 2020 camp was held at Heinz Field because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten released the following statement:

“We are disappointed we won’t be holding our 2021 Training Camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. We were prepared to safely host Training Camp on campus with fans, but unfortunately our plan was not approved due to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.

“We will now have training camp, which is slated to begin in late July, split between Heinz Field and the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Once our practice schedule is finalized, we will announce plans to host fans at Heinz Field for a select number of practices.

“We appreciate the support of Saint Vincent College and the Latrobe community, and we look forward to returning to campus in 2022.”

Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College also issued a statement about the decision:

“We are disappointed in the NFL’s and NFLPA’s decision regarding training camp, as one of our favorite annual traditions is welcoming the Steelers and their fans to campus. The Steelers are an important part of the Saint Vincent community, and we look forward to welcoming the team and fans back next summer. As they begin the 2021 season, we pray for the health and safety of the entire organization and Steelers fans around the world, as well as an end to this pandemic.”