LATROBE -- Saint Vincent College is preparing for the 41st consecutive season as host of the Steelers training camp and only a few changes will take affect for fans traveling to the college to watch as head coach Mike Tomlin begins his first NFL campaign.
Topping the list of changes is the addition of 1,050 aluminum seats at the base of the slope in front of St. Benedict Hall. Chuck Noll Field, as the practice facility is now called, will be the main venue for the Steelers when they open camp July 23.
"When the temperature starts to rise and the humidity goes up, we know it's time to kick off Steelers football at Saint Vincent. It's an honor for this college to host the Steelers and to have this longstanding friendship," said Saint Vincent College president Jim Towey.
For the most, the routine for fans will remain the same at Saint Vincent. The location of parking will change, however, with fans being directed to park in a field located on the same side as the practice facility, rather than on the opposite side as in the past.
In addition, the Steelers announced today that they are accepting applications for their Gatorade Junior Training Camp, which will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 27 at the Latrobe Parks and Recreation Field. The Steelers' first night practice will follow at the adjacent Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
The camp is free and open to 250 boys and girls ages 7 to 14. It will emphasize friendly competition over winning as well as values such as responsibility, teamwork and sportsmanship. It also will include non-contact drills. The registration deadline is July 25 and is on a first-come, first served basis. Information is available at steelers.com
or by calling 412-697-7713.