The Pittsburgh Steelers will not hold training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe after their plan was not approved by the NFL, team spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement Thursday.
Pittsburgh’s plan that would have had the team return to Latrobe for the first time since 2019 was denied by the league due to their still stringent COVID-19 protocols.
“We are disappointed we won’t be holding our 2021 training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA,” Lauten said. “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.”
The Steelers will instead split training camp between Heinz Field and the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side. The team will host fans at select Heinz Field practices after the training camp schedule is finalized.
“We appreciate the support of Saint Vincent College and the Latrobe community, and we look forward to returning to campus in 2022,” Lauten said.
The Steelers can begin training camp earlier than most teams on July 21 since they are playing in the Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys.