When Steelers fans go to St. Vincent College in July to watch players at training camp, they'll be able to sit on new bleachers overlooking a field named after a former coach.Photographer, Post-Gazette
Drawing of the Chuck Noll field, which will be at St. Vincent College.
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St. Vincent yesterday announced that name: Chuck Noll Field.
The field's playing surface itself was constructed in 2003-04.
On Monday, workers began building various amenities, including aluminum bleachers for 1,050 people.
"We are looking forward to seeing those bleachers full of fans who come to visit Steelers training camp in the summer as well as by the college students who will enjoy a new opportunity to watch Bearcat football on campus," said Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, chancellor of St. Vincent.
"The view of the field against the backdrop of the campus and the mountains to the east is spectacular."
The college's Bearcats will begin their first season Sept. 1 with a game against Gallaudet University of Washington D.C.
In a prepared statement, Mr. Noll, who coached the Steelers for 23 years, said he is "deeply honored."
"I have vivid memories of the summer training camps where we brought each team together, despite the heat and humidity and work that we had to do," Mr Noll said.
Archabbot Nowicki expressed appreciation to the Steelers and its owners, the Rooney family, for having the training camp at St. Vincent since 1966.
"Every student athlete and the entire student body will benefit from this facility for generations to come," said St. Vincent President Jim Towey.
"We'll be kicking off with football, but other teams will play on Chuck Noll Field as well.
"We'll be thinking of creative ways to integrate this facility into the educational experience of all the students, so that we can fully share this gift with all our St. Vincent family."
Correction/Clarification: (Published April 10, 2007) Gallaudet University is in Washington, D.C. This story as originally published April 5, 2007 noting that St. Vincent College will play Gallaudet in football gave an incorrect location.
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