· When's Camp:
Stuff opens up to the public on July 27, but players report to camp a few days earlier. It's all scheduled to run through August 17, and most of the sessions that are open to the public begin around 3pm. The gates usually open up 90 minutes before the players begin to do their thing, so be sure to plan ahead if you want a good spot along the fence or somewhere in the grass. August 3 is a special evening practice session and a good one to attend, as the warm-ups take place beginning at 7pm at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
· Where's Camp:
Fill up the gas tank, because you’re going to need to depart on an hour road trip east of the Steel City to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers warm up. Training camp takes places over in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and all the practice will do its thing at Saint Vincent College in the Laurel Highlands. They've been doing their summer stuff here for almost 50 years, so we're sure there's plenty of training camp hospitality to be found.
· What's it Cost:
It sounds like the Steelers try to put the fans first, so of course there’s no admission fee to check out what takes place before the season begins. Parking is complimentary as well, and it's located in the lots just off Fraser Purchase Road. Chairs and blankets are totally cool to bring, and there’s even plenty of seats at Chuck Noll Field. There are even designated autograph areas for you to score a signature or two—assuming the players are up for it.
· What Else: [Photo: RJ Schmidt]
Of course the Terrible Towel will make an appearance at the scrimmages and drills, but if you forgot yours at home—no problem. The Steelers Experience does its thing right next to training camp, and fans will definitely be able to pick up some merchandise for the 2012 season. The fun stuff runs from 2pm until 6pm on training camp days, so be sure to leave a little bit of time to check this out as well.
[Photo: RJ Schmidt]