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Tomlin says they chose to have minicamp at Heinz Field to give new guys a 'feeling' of the stadium

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Mike Tomlin wanted to have an in-season type of atmosphere of sorts for this year's three-day mandatory minicamp, so he decided to have it at Heinz Field since that's where his players will conduct their business this fall.

"We chose to work over here at the stadium," Tomlin said. "We always want to give the new Steelers, whether it's a guy going from college to pro or a guy that's new to us, a feeling of what this facility is like, how to move around it and get comfortable working in this environment. We're excited about doing that today."

It still hasn't been announced yet whether the Steelers will have training camp at Saint Vincent College or Heinz Field this year. Last season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steelers did not hold training camp at Saint Vincent College for the first time since 1965 and had it at Heinz Field instead.

In late May, the NFL told teams on a call that they expect fans to return to training camp this summer, subject to state and local guidelines, according to the league's executive VP of club business and league events, Peter O’Reilly, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

O’Reilly also said the NFL is still finalizing protocols with the NFLPA and that camps may look different in terms of proximity to players, autographs, etc. Plans are already developing that stadiums will be at full capacity this fall, as well.

Steelers president Art Rooney II has stated all offseason that they're hoping to get back to Latrobe and he mentioned last month that if they can't host fans at training camp, he wasn't sure if they'll go to Saint Vincent College.


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