ESPN joins Friday Night Lights lineup

The Steelers will go back to their high school roots during training camp when they host Friday Night Lights on Aug. 5 at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.

The annual night practice is one of the highlights of training camp for both players and fans, as crowds fill the stands for the high-energy practice that is reminiscent of high school football for the players and concludes with fireworks.

The Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Latrobe Memorial stadium for the annual Friday Night Lights practice.

This year there will be an added dimension this year that will bring the excitement of the practice to fans who won't be able to attend. ESPN's SportsCenter on the Road will be broadcasting live from Latrobe Memorial Stadium from 7-9 p.m.

ESPN's presence is in addition to a lineup of other events. Steelers Fest kicks off at noon on the stadium grounds. Here, fans will be able to enjoy food, games and music until 6 p.m. Former Steelers Charlie Batch and Chris Hoke will be in attendance.

Friday Night Lights then kicks off at 6:45 p.m. with a short autograph session, followed by the full practice. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and seating is first come first serve.

The Steelers Drumline will perform and the night will conclude with fireworks, presented by Pepsi. 

"Riding the bus, pulling up to the stadium, it takes you back to high school days," said cornerback William Gay. "It's a fun night for the fans. It's pretty cool. It takes you back down memory lane. You remember those high school days when you know your whole family is going to be out there. You remember your friends and classmates asked you what you would do in the game. When you get out there you just wanted to put on for the fans. It takes you back down memory lane."

Admission for the practice is $5 for adults 18-65 and $2 for children under 18 and senior citizens. Children under 12 will be admitted for free if accompanied by a parent. Tickets will be sold at the gate and can be purchased in advance by calling 724-539-4236 or in-person at The Greater Latrobe Athletic Office, The Latrobe News Stand, Latrobe Parks and Recreation, and Latrobe Administration Building Lincoln Avenue, Latrobe PA.

Proceeds benefit the Greater Latrobe Athletic Department.

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