No AFC team has held its training camp in the same location longer than the Pittsburgh Steelers, who return to Saint Vincent College for the 52nd consecutive year.
“We are very proud of our long and successful history of working closely together with the Steelers,” college president Br. Norman W. Hipps said.
The highlight of this year’s camp will be the debut of a charity walk
to benefit the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research on July 29.
The iconic Steelers coach died in 2014 at the age of 82 after battling Alzheimer’s disease.
“Coach Noll was always a welcome visitor and we are pleased that our stadium honors him,” Hipps said.
This also will be the Steelers' first camp at Saint Vincent without longtime chairman and owner Dan Rooney, who died April 13 at age 84. Rooney will be honored at a July 30 Mass in the Basilica. Steelers players and staff are invited and the public can attend the service as well.
Players report to camp on July 27, with the first open practice for fans beginning at 2:55 p.m. July 28. For the first time, the Steelers will hold a practice at Heinz Field.
Other features at the camp include the FedEx Traveling Great Hall, a smaller version of the cavernous space at Heinz Field; a photo booth tent; and the Steelers Experience, an interactive display where fans can compare themselves with life-size player images and practice their football skills.
Also, each day of practice the Steelers will host an hourlong “Play 60 Fun Zone” for first- and second-graders full of football-themed activities. The event is limited to the first 200 children registered each day.
Diehard fans will want to download the Steelers official app to their phones, where they’ll get exclusive training camp content and can register to win a VIP camp experience. The app also has parking and traffic information, as well as daily camp updates.
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