While the NFL will have a unified start to training camps for the first time in its history on Tuesday, July 27, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be taking the practice field a little earlier.
The Steelers will start their training camp six days prior on July 21, a byproduct of meeting the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 5.
Dallas will also begin on July 21. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who kick off the season on Thursday, Sept. 9 against the Cowboys, will be permitted to begin their training camp on July 24.
The #Cowboys and #Steelers can report as early as July 21 because of the hall of fame game. The #Bucs can report July 24 because of a Thursday opener. Players from the other 29 teams are required to report July 27, per the CBA.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 25, 2021
The league is also planning fan events to coincide with training camps on July 31, the NFL’s way of welcoming back its supporters after a year where they were sequestered away by the pandemic.
For the first time, the NFL will have a unified start to training camp, with 29 teams set to report Tuesday, July 27 — 47 days before the Sunday of Week 1, as allowed by the CBA — and plans for league-wide practices and fan events Saturday, July 31.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 25, 2021
Midsummer Madness, anyone?
Not only will the Steelers be kicking off training camp ahead of nearly every other NFL team, but all signs are pointing toward the club making its much anticipated return to St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
After Steelers team president Art Rooney II said that the club plans to have training camp back in Latrobe this summer, the league informed clubs Tuesday that they expect fans in attendance, clearing the way for Pittsburgh to make its long-awaited return.
Welcome back! The NFL told clubs on a call today it expects fans to return to training camp this summer, subject to state and local guidelines, according to the league's executive VP of club business and league events, Peter O’Reilly.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 25, 2021