Rooney: 'Right now our goal and our plan is to have training camp at Saint Vincent this summer'
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Along with saying that he's optimistic that the Steelers will be able to host a full capacity of fans at Heinz Field this season, team president Art Rooney II also sees the Steelers hosting training camp at Saint Vincent college this summer, which didn't happen last year for the first time since 1965 because of the pandemic.
"That is the plan," Rooney said of returning to Saint Vincent College in a conference call on Steelers Nation Unite on Thursday. "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."
With more people getting vaccinated and distributions happening daily, things look to be turning the corner in regards to the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts believe that the United States can return to "normal" by this fall or winter. President Joe Biden announced a few weeks ago that he would direct states to make all Americans eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1.
If things continue to go how they've been and more people get the vaccine, the Steelers should be able to return to Saint Vincent College this summer for training camp and have fans attend. However, it could be limited depending on how things go, but at the very least it would be closer to being "normal" with at least some fans watching training camp in Latrobe.