Updated: May 12, 2021
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According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the NFL sent a memo to clubs today saying teams will be permitted to go away for training camp in 2021, subject to league approval. Last year, all camps had to be at club facilities and stadiums because of COVID restrictions.
This is good news in regards to the Steelers hosting training camp at Saint Vincent College again. Last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first time that the Steelers didn't have training camp at Saint Vincent College since 1965. Steelers president Art Rooney II said in late March that they're expected to return this summer.
"That is the plan," Rooney said of a return to Saint Vincent College via Bob Labriola of Steelers.com. "We are hoping things get back to normal this fall. Obviously training camp happens a little earlier than that. It's something we are planning for now, but we will see how things go. We need this virus to turn the corner. We still want to make sure that fans are safe when they come to Saint Vincent. We may have to look at if we have to limit the number of fans. We'll be looking at all of those issues. Right now our goal and our plan is to have training camp at Saint Vincent this summer."
If the Steelers do end up holding training camp at Saint Vincent College this summer, it's unclear, as of right now, if fans would be allowed. They could possibly have a limited amount of fans who are fully vaccinated like how it was done at the NFL draft in Cleveland.