It has now been four months since Super Bowl LV concluded the tumultuous 2020 NFL season. With just over three months remaining until the Steelers take the field in the regular season, it’s time to look at some of the key dates for the remainder of the offseason as well as through the entire 2021 season.
3 days: Players report for Training Camp
With the Steelers set to play in the Hall of Fame Game, the fist day of training camp will be earlier than the rest of the NFL who are set to begin on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The Steelers, as well as the Dallas Cowboys, can start as early as July 21, 2021 while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will face the Cowboys on the opening night of the NFL season, can start July 24, 2021. All three teams are having players report one day later than they were allowed with the Steelers and Cowboys starting July 22 and the Buccaneers starting July 25.
9 days: First Padded Practice
The Steelers kick off their practices at Heinz Field with fans in attendance on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
17 days: Hall of Fame Game
This date will be significant to the Steelers for 2021 as they are scheduled to play the Dallas Cowboys after the cancellation of last year’s game. The Hall of Fame Game is set to kick off the weekend on Thursday August 5, 2021. The Hall of Fame activities will be over the course of the weekend from the game Thursday through Sunday, August 8, 2021 with the 2020 enshrinement scheduled for Saturday with the 2021 class being inducted on Sunday.
24 days: Week 1 Preseason Game
Even with the Steelers playing in the Hall of Fame Game, they are still scheduled to play on Thursday night during the first full week of preseason games in Philadelphia against the Eagles. All of the games for the first full week of the 2021 NFL preseason will fall between Thursday, August 12 and Sunday, August 15, 2021.
29 days: First Roster Cut Down
Following the first week of the NFL preseason, all teams will be required to cut their rosters to 85 players by 4 PM ET on Tuesday, August 17.
33 days: First game at Heinz Field
The Steelers a set to host the Detroit Lions in their only home preseason game of the 2021 season. It will be the first time fans will be able to fill the stadium since Week 15 of the 2019 season. Being a preseason game, it is unlikely the stadium will be filled to capacity, but there will be more fans there to support the Steelers than what they have seen in 20 months.
36 days: Second Roster Cut Down
Much like the previous week, following the second week of the NFL preseason, all teams will be required to cut their rosters to 80 players by 4 PM ET on Tuesday, August 24.
39 days: Last Preseason Game
The Pittsburgh Steelers are once again scheduled to finish up the preseason against the Carolina Panthers. Unlike recent years when the final preseason games were all on a Thursday, the Steelers will face off against the Panthers on Friday, August 27, 2021.
43 days: 53-man Rosters
By 4 PM on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, teams will have to make their final cuts in order to determine their 53-man rosters. Teams will only have 80 players heading up to this deadline as they will have already cut 10 players as previously outlined. With teams essentially having a bye week as the final preseason game, there will be extra time for teams to scour the waiver wire and prepare for Week 1 with their 53 players they have chosen to begin the season.
52 days: NFL Kickoff Game
Thursday, September 9, 2021 will be the first game of the NFL season as the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Dallas Cowboys. Although this game doesn’t sound overly exciting to some Steelers fans as it is an NFC matchup, it is regular-season football for the first time for the 2021 season.
55 days: Steelers 1st Regular Season Game
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 1 PM the Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off in Buffalo against the Bills. After 52 days of preparation since reporting to training camp, the results on the field will finally count.
62 days: Steelers Home Opener
In Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season, the Steelers will have their first home game of the regular season at Heinz Field. Seeing 68,000 strong waiving their Terrible Towels will be something many of the young Steelers players will experience for the first time.
174 days: Week 18 Games
Sunday, January 9, 2022 will be the final games of the 2021 NFL regular season. While all 32 NFL teams are scheduled to play this day, the time of each kickoff will be determined based on various playoff scenarios.
209 days: Super Bowl LVI
Super Bowl LV is scheduled to be played on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.