Steelers Report to 2009 Training Camp on July 31

Steelers Report to 2009 Training Camp on July 31
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Fans Directed to Steelers Website for New Driving Directions
Due to On-Campus Construction

*PITTSBURGH — *The Pittsburgh Steelers officially kick off the 2009 season when the entire team reports to training camp Friday, July 31, at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. This will be the 43rd year the Steelers will train at Saint Vincent College.

Head Coach
Mike Tomlinenters his third training camp as Steelers head coach with 80 players on the roster. The roster includes 54 veterans, eight first-year players and 18 rookies.

The first official practice will take place Saturday, August 1, at 9 a.m. Generally, morning practices will begin at 9 or 10 a.m. and afternoon sessions will start at 2:55 p.m. Only the afternoon practices are open to the public.

The Steelers open their preseason schedule at Heinz Field on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. against the Arizona Cardinals. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII. Heinz Field will also be the site of Pittsburgh's preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. versus the Buffalo Bills.

During the Steelers night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Friday, August 7, the Westmoreland County Food Bank will collect non-perishable food and household items. Giant Eagle will match the donation on a per-pound basis. Fans unable to attend the practice can still participate through the virtual food drive by visiting www.westmorelandfoodbank.org.
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All fans are asked to use the following driving directions when visiting Steelers training camp. The directions are also available on the official Steelers website at www.steelers.com.
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*DIRECTIONS TO SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE (from Pittsburgh):
Follow I-376 East to Monroeville. Proceed approximately 12-13 miles to the Pennsylvania Turnpike entrance and enter the Turnpike traveling east. Take Irwin Exit 67 (the first exit - old exit 7) and merge onto Route 30 East. Continue on Route 30 for approximately 17 miles. Turn left on to Beatty County Road. Follow Beatty County Road to Brouwers Drive. Turn Right on Brouwers Drive and follow the road to on-campus parking lots.
From Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New Jersey and points east:Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76 West, to exit 91 (old exit 9) Donegal. Turn left onto PA Route 31 East, 1/4 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 Drive (at traffic signal). Take the first left turn on to Brouwers Drive and follow road to on-campus parking lots. 
From Erie, Buffalo and points north: Take Interstate 79 south to its junction with I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, at gate 28 (old gate 3) Cranberry/Perry Highway Take I-76 east to exit 67 (old exit 7) Irwin. Turn right onto U.S. Route 30 East and follow for approximately 17 miles. Turn left on to Beatty County Road. Follow Beatty County Road to Brouwers Drive. Turn Right on Brouwers Drive and follow the road to on-campus parking lots.  

From Baltimore, Washington and points south:Take Interstate 70 west to its junction with I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, at gate 161 (old gate 12) Breezewood, proceed on I-76 west to exit 91 (old exit 9) Donegal. Turn left onto PA Route 31 East, 1/4 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 Drive (at traffic signal). Take the first left turn on to Brouwers Drive and follow road to on-campus parking lots.
Handicapped Parking (from all directions):Follow above directions to U.S. Route 30. Follow Route 30 to Saint Vincent Drive (at traffic signal). Turn on to Saint Vincent Drive and continue straight. Follow signs for handicapped parking.

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The Steelers will hold morning and afternoon practices throughout training camp. Only afternoon practices are open to the public, when fans can also enjoy
The Steelers Experience, the team's interactive theme park. Following is the Steelers' schedule for training camp practices and The Steelers Experience. All practice times and dates are subject to change. Updates will be posted on the Steelers' website, www.steelers.com.

*Steelers 2009 Training Camp Schedule


DAY
DATE
PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Friday
July 31
Rookies and Veterans report by 4 p.m.
Saturday
Aug. 1
9 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Sunday
Aug. 2
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Monday
Aug. 3
9 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Tuesday
Aug. 4
10 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Wednesday
Aug. 5
9 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Thursday
Aug. 6
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Friday
Aug. 7
10 a.m. and closed to the public
7 p.m. Night Practice at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium (Autographs, 6:45-7 p.m.) — (No Steelers Experience)
Saturday

Aug. 8
9:30 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Sunday
Aug. 9
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Monday
Aug. 10
9 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)


Tuesday         
Aug. 11
10 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Wednesday
Aug. 12
Closed to public
Thursday
Aug. 13
**First Preseason Game vs. Arizona (8 p.m., ESPN)

Friday
Aug. 14
Closed to public


Saturday
Aug. 15
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Sunday
Aug. 16
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Monday
Aug. 17
9 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Tuesday
Aug. 18
10 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Wednesday
Aug. 19
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Thursday
Aug. 20
9:30 a.m. and closed to public
2:55 p.m. and open to public (Steelers Experience, 1:30-6 p.m.)
Friday
Aug. 21
Break Camp; closed to public
Saturday
Aug. 22
Second Preseason Game at Washington (7:30 p.m., KDKA/FSN Pittsburgh)
Saturday
Aug. 29
Third Preseason Game vs. Buffalo (7:30 p.m., KDKA/FSN Pittsburgh)
Tuesday
Sept. 1
Roster cut-down to 75 players
Thursday
Sept. 3
Fourth Preseason Game at Carolina (8 p.m., KDKA/FSN Pittsburgh)
Saturday
Sept. 5
Roster cut-down to 53 players




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