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Training Camp Travel: Terrible Towels and the Pittsburgh Steelers

July 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM | by | ()

Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:

As best we remember the Steelers had a pretty good season in 2011, but after finishing with 12 wins during the regular season they were bounced from the playoffs by Tim Tebow and the Broncos. The Pittsburgh Steelers seem to be a threat to win it all each and every year, so we’re kind of expecting much of the same come 2012.

Hines Ward is gone, but Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu are back and looking to help the team earn Super Bowl win number seven. There’s plenty of teams with an alternate plan for this season’s Steelers, so we’ll just have to wait and see how the season shakes out.

· 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:
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]

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