For fifty-four years the Steelers have held their annual training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
That streak will end this season.
And so the NFL has told all its teams that they must stay at their team facilities for this summer's training camps.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2020
Steelers fans will no doubt be disappointed to see a long standing tradition end in this manner. The last time a Steelers team held training camp away from Latrobe PA the Head Coach was Mike Nixon, and the Steelers were the worst team in the NFL. After less than a decade at St. Vincent College, the Steelers were Super Bowl Champions. Mike Tomlin will do something this season that Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher never had to do.
The NFL made the change to limit travel and the risk inherent in maintaining two facilities. While the Steelers stay on campus during training camp, isolation would be difficult and keeping Steelers fans away from St. Vincent would be nearly impossible.
Here’s why all teams will be home for training camp: the NFL and NFLPA wanted to limit the need for travel and also limit the risk of maintaining two facilities. They wanted the focus all on one. Last year 10 teams had camp away from facility; this year, none. https://t.co/JtYuvbieHd— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2020
This will have a major impact on the fan experience of the off-season. One of my favorite off-season traditions was looking at fan-shot film and takes from camp or, even better, taking a day and watching training camp in person.
There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of Steelers training camp at St. Vincent.
I expect the Rooney’s will return camp to Latrobe in 2021, because while the streak may be over, the experience of training camp can’t be matched in the team facility.
If you have attended training camp before, leave a comment with your favorite camp memory or traditions.
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