Steelers will not be holding a coaching camp at Saint Vincent School – CBS Pittsburgh this 12 months
LATROBE, Pennsylvania (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Thursday that they will not be holding their training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe for the second consecutive year.
The Steelers organization says the NFL has turned down their plan to hold the training camp there because of COVID-19 protocols.
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The President of Saint Vincent College, Br. Paul Taylor, OSB issued this statement:
“We are disappointed with the NFL and NFLPA’s decision regarding the training camp as one of our favorite annual traditions is to welcome the Steelers and their fans to campus. The Steelers are an important part of the Saint Vincent community and we look forward to welcoming the team and fans back next summer. As the 2021 season begins, we pray for the health and safety of the entire organization and Steelers fans around the world and for an end to this pandemic.
Instead, a training camp will be held at Heinz Field and the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex in July.
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The Steelers say they have plans to have fans attend training camp exercises at Heinz Field and will explain how they will implement it once their training plan is ready.
The Steelers plan to return to Latrobe for their traditional summer training camp in 2022. The organization holds a training camp in Saint Vincent for 54 years, until the pandemic.
After the news broke, Labtrobe business owners lament another missed opportunity.
“That helps our business. … We even had Steelers in our salon in the past few years, ”said salon owner Angela Rosebosky.
Rosebosky’s hair salon suffered a blow last year when the Steelers were forced to hold their training camp in Pittsburgh. She was certainly not alone.
“It’s likely a 30 to 40 percent increase during the Steelers camp alone,” said Dino DeCario, owner of Dino’s. “The sad thing is that it’s usually a big deal for my co-workers. Besides, it’s not just about dinosaurs, everyone is fine. “
DeCario said companies adjusted last year, but a second year with no Steelers fans in town is more than a dollar and dime thing.
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“We are proud of the camp,” he said. “If you go anywhere in the country, people will say, ‘That’s where the Steelers have their training camp.'”