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Steelers Take Day Off from OTAs, Head to Kennywood

The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking the day off from OTAs on Monday to take a team bonding trip to Kennywood Park.

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Steel Curtain roller coaster at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pa. -- Alan Saunders / Steelers Now

Usually, the Pittsburgh Steelers have ten days of OTAs, with four days in the final week. But this year, they will have just nine in favor of a team-building activity. On Monday, the Steelers were not at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex installing Arthur Smith’s offense or going through individual drills; instead, they took a trip to Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. That is the home of the Steel Curtain Roller Coaster, but it has been closed for the year due to consistent mechanical issues.

“We understand the frustration many of you have felt not being able to experience Steel Curtain. On behalf of our entire team, we absolutely share that frustration with you,” assistant general manager Ricky Spicuzza said before the start of the season.

Regardless, the Steelers are spending the day there to build team chemistry. Last year, this Monday, the Steelers went to Three Rivers Karting Entertainment Park for a teambuilding activity. All of it comes together to try and create chemistry and camaraderie among the team for the season. Mike Tomlin enjoys breaking up the monotony of OTAs by doing something that will promote team chemistry outside the facility.

They had their team bonding event at Dave & Busters for years, but they’ve switched things up in recent years, such as the Go Karting and now Kennywood.

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