The Pittsburgh Steelers are returning to St. Vincent College near Latrobe for training camp for the first time since 2019 this summer, but the experience will be slightly different, with the team implementing mobile ticketing for the open practices for the first time.
As always, training camp will be free to attend, but the ticketing requirement is a new one. There is a Ticketmaster limit of 12 tickets per purchase and a limited number of tickets will be distributed in total for each practice. The tickets are available on Ticketmaster as of noon on Monday, June 27. Parking is also free at St. Vincent College.
The team will have open practices July 27-30, Aug 1-4, 6, 8-11 and 15-18 at Chuck Noll Field at St. Vincent College. The campus opens daily at noon and practice begins at 1:55 p.m.
On Aug. 5, the team will have its annual Friday Night Lights practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. Tickets for that event are $5, and can be purchased ahead of time at the athletic office at Greater Latrobe Senior High School or on the date of the practice.
The Steelers had held training camp on St. Vincent’s campus for 54 consecutive years before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the team to hold its preseason camp at Heinz Field in each of the last two seasons.
“We are very excited to return to Saint Vincent College for our Training Camp later this summer,” team president Art Rooney II said to Steelers.com. “We always appreciate the support from Saint Vincent as well as the Latrobe community. We look forward to having fans back on campus as we will be preparing for the 2022 season. We thank Father Paul Taylor and the tremendous staff on campus for their continued support for our return to our summer home.”
The Steelers have cited the accessibility of the fans as one of the big draws of having training camp at the Westmoreland County college. Head coach Mike Tomlin also expressed his appreciation for the togetherness that remote living and dorm life brings to his team.
“I’m a lover of camp,” Tomlin said. “I like the opportunities to work on the intangible quality that good teams have. The informal time up there, to me, is as significant as the formal time. Guys sitting out on the stoop at night outside the dormitory, getting to know one another, talking about life and football. I just find value in that, and I’m really excited about that.”
The practice of going away to a college for training camp used to be commonplace in the NFL, but has become more rare in recent years. The Buffalo Bills (St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.), Carolina Panthers (Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.), Kansas City Chiefs (Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo.) and Los Angele Rams (UC Irvine, Irvine, Calif.) are the only other teams to do so this season.