** 2007 Training Camp Info **
Steelers 2007 Training Camp Information
Daily updates regarding the Steelers practice schedule will be available on this page. Please be sure to check the schedule on a regular basis for any changes.
Please keep in mind that there might be changes to the practice schedule or cancellation of practice because of weather conditions. Unfortunately sometimes those changes occur shortly before practice is scheduled to take place and we are unable to announce the change. Latrobe, PA Weather Updates
The Steelers host training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. Steelers players report on Monday, July 23 and the first open practice is Tuesday, July 24. The final practice open to the public is on Thursday, August 16.
There is no admission charge for practices at St. Vincent College. For practices at high school fields there is a small admission fee.
Directions to St. Vincent College - Training Camp Site
From Pittsburgh, follow I-376 East to Monroeville. Proceed approximately 12-13 miles to the Pennsylvania Turnpike entrance and enter the Turnpike traveling east.
Take Irwin Exit 67 (the first exit - old exit 7) and merge onto Route 30 East. Continue on Route 30 for approximately 18 miles.
As you travel down a long hill just before the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport*, you will see a sign on the right for St. Vincent College. Turn left opposite the sign at the traffic light onto St. Vincent Drive. This road leads to the Saint Vincent campus. A free parking lot is available to the right just after the practice fields.
* - If you get to the traffic light with the airport on your immediate right, you have gone too far. Make a left "U" turn at the light and follow Route 30 West for approximately one mile to the St. Vincent entrance on your right.
From Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New Jersey and points east: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76 West, to exit 91 (old exit 9) Donegal. Turn left onto PA Route 31 East, 1/4 mile to left turn at PA Route 711 North, 14 miles to left turn at U.S. Route 30 West, 10 miles to right turn at Saint Vincent Drive (at traffic signal), 1/2 mile to campus entrance.
From Erie, Buffalo and points north: Take Interstate 79 south to its junction with I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, at gate 28 (old gate 3) Cranberry/Perry Highway. Take I-76 east to exit 67 (old exit 7) Irwin. Turn right onto U.S. Route 30 East, 17 miles to left turn at Saint Vincent Drive (at traffic signal), 1/2 mile to entrance.
From Baltimore, Washington and points south: Take Interstate 70 west to its junction with I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, at gate 161 (old gate 12) Breezewood, proceed on I-76 west to exit 91 (old exit 9) Donegal. Turn left onto PA Route 31 East, 1/4 mile to left turn at PA Route 711 North, 14 miles to left turn at U.S. Route 30 West, 10 miles to right turn at Saint Vincent Drive (at traffic signal), 1/2 mile to campus entrance. (provided by St. Vincent College)
For directions coming from other areas we recommend that you check an on-line map service for driving directions. The best route that we recommend is to remain on the PA Turnpike if you are able to and then take Route 30 from there.
Training Camp Fast Facts:
Dates: Players report July 23. First open day of practice is Tuesday, July 24. Last public day of open practice is August 16.
Practice Time: Practices normally start about 2:55 but are subject to change without notice.
Location: St. Vincent College is the home to Steelers. The campus opens at 1:30 p.m. for fans. When practices do not start at 2:55 p.m., campus opens an hour before the start of practice. Campus is cleared one half hour after the Steelers Experience closes. For the night practice, it closes one hour from the end of practice. This is subject to change and campus can close earlier without notice.
Steelers Experience: The Steelers Experience normally runs from 2:00 pm to 6:00 when there is a 3:00 p.m. practice.The schedule varies based on practice time. Please note the experience is subject to close due to the weather.
Restrictions: There is no videotaping of practice permitted. Video cameras should not be brought on campus. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus. Bags and coolers will be searched by security. No pets are permitted on campus.
Handicapped Access: Training camp is handicapped accessible. There is limited handicapped parking available and once this area is filled there is a handicap drop off and pick up location. A government issued placard is required.
Directions to Latrobe Memorial Stadium – July 27
From Route 30 - Follow directions to Saint Vincent College and proceed east on Route 30 (past the St. Vincent College entrance). Take Route 981. At the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, make a left at the traffic light onto Route 981 North. Proceed through 2 traffic lights as you will cross a bridge over Loyalhanna creek. At the third traffic light, make a right onto Jefferson Street. Go straight through one stop sign and at the second stop sign, make a right onto Chestnut Street. Latrobe Memorial Stadium will be on your right on Chestnut Street.
From Route 22 - Take the Route 981 South exit from Route 22 East. Proceed approximately 8 miles until you come across the first traffic light. Make a right at light onto Latrobe/Derry Road. Proceed straight through 2 additional traffic lights. At the next traffic light, make a left onto Jefferson Street. Proceed straight through one traffic light and one stop sign. At the next stop sign, make a right onto Chestnut Street. Latrobe Memorial Stadium is on our right on Chestnut Street.
Steelers Experience At Camp
The Pittsburgh Steelers will operate their "UPMC Steelers Experience" at training camp again this year. The Experience will be open on days when the Steelers have an afternoon practice at St. Vincent College, where training camp takes place.
The traveling Coca-Cola Great Hall also will be featured at training camp near the practice field. This trailer is the touring version of the Coca-Cola Great Hall which can be seen at the stadium on game days as well as other events at Heinz Field. Inside the Coca-Cola Great Hall trailer, fans of all ages can experience the storied history of the Steelers organization as well as an opportunity to broadcast a play by play call (You Make The Call) of a great moment in Steelers history. In addition, fans can try their luck on the prize wheel to win various team related merchandise.
The best time to obtain autographs from the players is after practice and it's at the players discretion as to whether or not they sign on a particular day. There are areas designated for fans to stand to obtain the autographs. There is no formal setting for player autographs on a daily basis.
Where to stay:
The following links will take you to websites for hotel accommodations in the training camp area.
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For football news from training camp please check the home page of Steelers.com.
What every fan needs to know ...
What every fan needs to know ...
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Camp opens for all players tomorrow when they must report by 4 p.m., and the first practice will take place Tuesday at 3 p.m., which is open to the public. The Steelers break camp Aug. 17. A roster of 86 players is expected to report, although any unsigned rookies cannot. The Steelers have six NFL Europa League roster exemptions. The roster includes 57 veterans, 14 first-year players and 17 rookies.
Saint Vincent College, Route 30, Latrobe, the Steelers' 41st summer at the school and their second when Rolling Rock beer won't be brewed in Latrobe.
Follow the crowds, which have grown the past few years. From Pittsburgh, take the Parkway East to the Monroeville interchange on the Turnpike. Go east to the Irwin exchange. Take Route 30 East about 15 miles to the Saint Vincent College sign on the right and turn left at the traffic light. The campus is a mile away. From Route 70, exit at New Stanton and take 119 North to Route 30, then head east. From Harrisburg and points East, take the Turnpike to exit 91, Donegal. Turn left onto PA Route 31 East, 1/4 mile to left turn at PA Route 711 North, 14 miles to left turn at U.S. Route 30 West, 10 miles to right turn at Saint Vincent. By air, the Westmoreland County Airport is across Route 30 from the campus. By rail, Amtrak (800-872-7245) offers passenger service with stops in Latrobe.
There's plenty of free parking at designated areas near where the Steelers practice.
They are open free to the public only in the afternoon, normally between 2:55 and 5 p.m. All practices are scheduled at Saint Vincent College, except for two night practices, at 7 p.m. Friday at Latrobe Stadium and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Saint Vincent. Weather and unforeseen circumstances can alter the schedule.
Campus opens to fans 90 minutes before the start of an open practice. There are restricted areas. An information booth is near the field, and campus security can answer questions.
WHERE TO WATCH
The Steelers practice on four fields situated in a natural amphitheater. Fans can watch from the hillsides or along a fence that rings the practice fields. For the first time, benches seating about 1,000 have been installed at the newly named Chuck Noll Field, where the resurrected Saint Vincent College football team will compete in NCAA Division III this fall.
WHAT TO BRING
Blanket, lawn chair, binoculars, sunglasses, sunblock, food, kids, soft drinks, water, snacks, still camera, friends, pen, autograph book, Terrible Towel and even old Joey Porter jerseys.
There are snack bars outside as well as the college's normal indoor facility.
A Steelers merchandise trailer inside the Steelers Experience on the hill above the practice fields will sell just about anything you want. Various souvenirs, merchandise and exclusive training camp items are also sold on campus.
Alcohol, drugs, whistles, nudity (unless tastefully done), video cameras (those pesky video cell phones will be difficult to stop), profanity, stalkers, groupies, pets, pests, opponent scouts, Joey Porter.
HOW TO GET AUTOGRAPHS, PHOTOS
The Steelers do not hold an official Photo Day as they did for many years, but they will sign autographs 15 minutes before their night practice at Latrobe Stadium. The best time for photos or autographs otherwise is after practice on campus. Some players will ask fans to wait until after they shower. Players and coaches normally are cooperative, but at times they have bad days or were just chewed out by a coach and don't want to be bothered, so be a little understanding. And it helps if you know the name of the player you ask for an autograph.
Even if you're not a Steeler, you can pretend to be one -- punt, pass, kick, and be timed in the 40-yard dash. Kids of all ages can test their skills or just try the various exercises at the Steelers Experience. You can run, kick, throw, catch, visit a mock locker room, get your photo taken looking like a Steeler and get your face painted as if it's game day and you want to attract the TV cameras. Try your hands at interactive games and activities. Experience will be open -- and free -- when the Steelers practice in the afternoon at Saint Vincent College. Hours are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the baseball field above the football fields on days the Steelers practice.
Steelers offices at UPMC Sports Performance Complex (412-432-7800) and at Saint Vincent College (724-539-8515).
WHERE TO STAY
Among the motels and hotels within a 15-mile radius of Latrobe: In Latrobe is the Wingate Inn, 724-539-0400. Near Greensburg are the Four Points Sheraton, 724-836-6060; Mountain View Hotel and Conference Center, 724-834-5300; Hampton Inn, 724-838-8800; Holiday Inn Express, 724-838-7070; Knights Inn, 724-836-7100; and Super 8, 724-838-8080. There are several hotels in the Ligonier area as well.