Where: Saint Vincent College, Route 30, Latrobe. This marks the 49th consecutive summer at the school and the sixth summer playing on Chuck Noll Field, named after the late Steelers coach. Along with Minnesota State University, which plays host to the Minnesota Vikings' training camp, Saint Vincent is the second-oldest camp site in the NFL behind only the Green Bay Packers' camp at St. Norbert College, which has run since 1958.
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, ¼-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 Interstate 79 South to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, head east and follow directions from Pittsburgh. By airplane, the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is across Route 30 from the campus. By rail, Amtrak (800-872-7245) offers passenger service with stops in Latrobe. From Pittsburgh and points west, the train pulls in at 8:21 a.m. From points east, 6:41 p.m.
Parking: Parking is free at designated areas on the Saint Vincent campus and opens at noon for afternoon practices. New to this year's camp will be a trolley inspired by "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" that will provide free tours of the campus, departing from the fan parking area. The trolley will offer tours on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. on the days of afternoon practices and from 2-6 p.m. for the night practice Aug. 14.
Practices: As in the past, practices are open and free to the public. Afternoon practices open at 3 p.m. and begin Saturday, with the last afternoon practice to be held in a joint session with the Buffalo Bills Aug. 13. There will be two evening practices: at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium and Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Bills at Saint Vincent. Unforeseen changes due to weather and other circumstances will be noted on post-gazette.com.
Getting around: Campus opens to fans two hours 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: Bleacher seating is available at Chuck Noll Field or blankets and lawn chairs are welcome for fans who wish to sit on the grass surrounding the fields. There also are handicap accessible areas.
What to bring: Binoculars, sunglasses, sunscreen, food, soft drinks, water, camera, pen, Sharpie, autograph book and a football.
Refreshments: Concession stands located at Chuck Noll Field, near the merchandise tent and near the Steelers Experience area will offer varying assortments of refreshments that include hot dogs, nachos and cheese, chips, ice cream, soft drinks and bottled water. The Shack snack bar inside the Robert S. Carey Student Center also will be open and the hydration area near St. Benedict Hall will sell bottled water, iced tea and Gatorade. Fans are welcome to bring their own refreshments as well, with picnic baskets and coolers permitted, but alcohol and barbeque grills will not be allowed.
Steelers gear: A large variety of Steelers gear will be available at the merchandise tent located near the fan entrance and at the school bookstore in the Robert S. Carey Student Center. They'll offer everything from Steelers punching bags to board games to puzzles -- nearly anything you can imagine. You can pick up Sharpies for autographs there as well.
Banned: Alcohol, drugs, whistles, video cameras, barbeque grills, profanity, graffiti, pests, pets and smoking indoors.
To get autographs, photos: The Steelers do not hold an official photo day as they did for many years, but they will sign autographs during camps. Unlike some NFL teams, the Steelers do not limit autographs to certain age groups. The best chances for photos or autographs come after practice on campus.
Fun for children: Kids will once again have the chance to find out what it's like to don the black and gold in the "Steelers Experience," located near the front entrance from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on practice days. The experience offers children chances to punt, pass and kick and be timed in the 40-yard dash. Other activities include face painting and a mock locker room photo. Also, new this year will be a designated area on the school's baseball field dedicated to the NFL's "Play 60" initiative to encourage health and wellness among children.
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; and the SpringHill Suites, 724-537-7800. Near Greensburg are the Hampton Inn, 724-838-8800; Comfort Inn, 724-838-7070; Knights Inn, 724-836-7100; Super 8, 724-838-8080; the Inn at Mountain View, 724-691-0570; the Courtyard Marriott, 724-834-3555; and the Ramada Inn, 724-836-6060. Near Blairsville is the Hampton Inn, 724-459-5920. Near Delmont are the Holiday Inn, 724-468-1050; and the Super 8, 724-468-4888. Near Ligonier is the Ramada Inn, 724-238-9545.