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07-16-2009, 08:30 PM
2009 Steelers Training Camp Primer
by Kevin LaMantia (Contributor)


July 16, 2009
LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA - JULY 28: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers signs autographs during training camp at St. Vincent College on July 28, 2007 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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As in years past, after a successful season, one can expect there to be an insane amount of people at Steelers Training Camp in Latrobe. This year will be no different. With so many people, one could become overwhelmed.

Well fear not, Iím here to help you out with a Steelers Training Camp Primer. In this article, you will get the basics of what you should bring, where the best spots to view practice are, hotels, and even a place to let your children run wild.

Letís start off with Hotels, since many people that come to view the camp are out-of-towners and donít know their way around very well. Your best bet is to get a hotel in either Latrobe itself or one in Greensburg.

Depending on your budget, I would recommend the Sheraton right next to route 30 in Greensburg. If your budget is a little tight this year, Iíd recommend staying at Comfort Inn closer to Latrobe that might be easier on the wallet. Either way, you can Google hotels in either town for another one, there are plenty.

If youíre flying to Pittsburgh International Airport, take Route 379 East till the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Stay on the Turnpike for about 12 miles or so, until you come to the Irwin/Greensburg exit. The toll is $.95. Continue down Route 30 East and youíll end up in Greensburg, and then Latrobe. Use MapQuest for direct directions to your hotel.

What to bring to camp is the next logical question. I recommend bringing chairs or a blanket to sit on. Always, I repeat always bring sun screen. It can get pretty hot in Latrobe for Training Camp. Also bring refreshments. I find it best to bring some water and little snacks. You might want to bring a pair of binoculars with you and a camera to take pictures.

Donít bring video cameras since they are forbidden. Also, I donít think youíre allowed coolers, but Iím not certain. Beer is definitely not allowed. I know, football without beer, just doesnít seem right.

Depending on what youíre trying to do at camp, youíll want to show up early. The gates are opened at 1:30pm to the public. Iíll tell you now, if you want autographs, bring some running shoes. As soon as the gates open, itís a sprint for the autograph area. Youíre being forewarned.

Also, to get autographs, you will miss practice more than likely. People will sit in their spots for the whole two hour practice. Remember that players only sign after practice, so donít be upset if your favorite player just walks past and into the locker room.

Most will sign, but some players just might not of had a good practice and donít want to be bothered.

If you are going to watch camp, youíll want a good spot to sit and watch. Ever since they built the new bleacher stands at St. Vincent College, practices have been mostly played out in front of them. If you get there early, grab a seat, itís a great view.

If you prefer sitting on the grass, there are two hills on either side of the stands. These are also great places to sit and watch. Especially the side with the pine trees, they sometimes give a little shade. Just sit higher up to see over the tents on the field.

Also, if you just so happen to know one of the workers at camp, ask them if they can get you a wrist band to watch practice on the field. From someone who was lucky enough to get down there, it was awesome!

Just remember to get to camp early for a good parking spot along with good seats or a good autograph location.

For your kids, if you have them, they also provide a Steelers Experience play area. There are all kinds of things for children to play around with here. They can clock their 40 times along with take pictures of their head in a Steelers cutout, amongst other fun stuff. If I had children, they would absolutely enjoy this, if I was younger, I would have enjoyed it too.

If Training Camp isnít all you have come to town for, there are other things to do. There is Idlewild Amusement park in Ligonier on Route 30, which is nice for the kids and also has a water park that is very nice. There is the Westmoreland Mall in Greensburg on Route 30. And there are a multitude of sports bars around. Players sometime go to Sharkyís in Latrobe. If youíre a fan of hot wings, check out Dinoís Sports Bar. Best wings I have ever eaten. I recommend the sweet and hot wings.

The best part is everything is right on Route 30, so you canít get lost.

So for the people that plan on heading to a Steelers Camp for the first time, I hope this helps you. For those who have been there before and notice something I might have forgotten, please help out and post in the comments section.

Enjoy Steelers Training Camp 2009!

07-26-2009, 12:06 AM
Going to Steelers training camp?
All the things you need to know
Sunday, July 26, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

• Kickoff: Camp opens for all players Friday when they must report and take their annual run test. A roster of 80 players is expected to report now that No. 1 draft pick Ziggy Hood has come to terms. He was their only unsigned player.

• Where: Saint Vincent College, Route 30, Latrobe, the Steelers' 44th summer at the school which has undergone many changes to its campus the past few years, including roads in and out.

• Getting there: From Pittsburgh, take the Parkway East to the Monroeville interchange on the Turnpike. Go east to the Irwin exchange (No. 67). Take Route 30 East about 17 miles to the entrance to Saint Vincent College and follow the signs. ... From Route 70, exit at New Stanton and take 119 North to Route 30, then head east. ... From Harrisburg and points East, take the Turnpike to exit 91, Donegal. Turn left onto PA Route 31 East, 1/4 mile to left turn at PA Route 711 North, 14 miles to left turn at U.S. Route 30 West, 10 miles to right turn at Saint Vincent. ... From Erie and points North, take I-79 South to Pennsylvania Turnpike, head east and follow directions from Pittsburgh. ... By air, the Westmoreland County Airport is across Route 30 from the campus. ... By rail, Amtrak (800-872-7245) offers passenger service with stops in Latrobe.


2009 Camp calendar link (http://www.post-gazette.com/downloads/20090726steelers_training_sched.pdf)

• Parking: There's plenty of free parking at designated areas near the Steelers' practice fields.

• Practices: They are open to the public only in the afternoon, usually between 2:55 and 5. All practices are scheduled at Saint Vincent College, except for one night practice, Aug. 7 at Latrobe Stadium at 7 p.m. Weather and unforeseen circumstances can alter the schedule. The first open practice is Saturday, the last on Aug. 20.

• Getting around: Campus opens to fans 90 minutes before the start of an open practice. There are restricted areas. An information booth is near the field, and campus security can answer questions.

• Where to watch: The Steelers practice on four fields situated in a natural amphitheater. Fans can watch from the hillsides or along a fence that rings the practice fields. There is bleacher seating at 2-year-old Chuck Noll Field that overlooks the main practice areas. Also, there are handicap accessible areas.

• What to bring: Blanket, lawn chair, binoculars, sunglasses, iPod, sunblock, food, kids, soft drinks, water, snacks, still camera, friends, pen, autograph book, Terrible Towel and Super Bowl XLIII T-shirts.

• Refreshments: There are snack bars outside, and the college's indoor facility.

• Souvenirs: A Steelers merchandise trailer inside the Steelers Experience on the hill above the practice fields will sell just about anything you want. Various souvenirs, merchandise and exclusive training camp items are also sold on campus and at the college bookstore. And, of course, they can supply you with all those Super Bowl T-shirts and hats.

• Banned: Alcohol, drugs, whistles, video cameras (those pesky video cell phones will be difficult to stop), profanity, stalkers, graffiti, pets, pests, Baltimore Ravens scouts, hovering helicopters and hot-air balloons, Nate Washington.

• Autographs & photos: The Steelers do not hold an official Photo Day as they did for many years, but they will sign autographs 15 minutes before their night practice at Latrobe Stadium. The best time for photos or autographs otherwise is after practice on campus. Some players will ask fans to wait until after they shower. Players and coaches usually are cooperative, but at times they have bad days or were just chewed out by a coach and don't want to be bothered, so be a little understanding. And it helps if you know the name of the player you ask for an autograph.

• Steelers Experience: If you're not a Steeler, you can pretend to be one -- punt, pass, kick and be timed in the 40-yard dash. Kids of all ages can test their skills or just try the various exercises at the Steelers Experience. You can run, kick, throw, catch, visit a mock locker room, get your photo taken looking like a Steeler and get your face painted as if it's game day and you want to attract the TV cameras. Try your hands at interactive games and activities. Steelers Experience will be open -- and free -- when the Steelers practice in the afternoon at Saint Vincent College. Hours are 1:30 p.m. to one hour after practice ends on the baseball field above the football fields on days the Steelers practice.

• Information: Steelers offices at UPMC Sports Performance Complex (412-432-7800) and at Saint Vincent College (724-539-8515).

• Where to stay: Among the motels and hotels within a 15-mile radius of Latrobe: In Latrobe is the Wingate Inn, 724-539-0400. Near Greensburg are the Four Points Sheraton, 724-836-6060; Mountain View Hotel and Conference Center, 724-834-5300; Hampton Inn, 724-838-8800; Holiday Inn Express, 724-838-7070; Knights Inn, 724-836-7100; and Super 8, 724-838-8080. There are several hotels in the Ligonier area as well.

Ed Bouchette can be reached at ebouchette@post-gazette.com.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09207/986463-471.stm?cmpid=steelers.xml#ixzz0ML3OQOH1

07-26-2009, 12:23 AM
thanks guys!! will definitely come in handy since im pretty sure ill be there on the 10th or 11th