No Fans Allowed at Training Camp in 2020

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By: Zach Herbaugh
SteelerNation.com

The NFL has just ruled that teams will not be allowed to host fans at their training camps. This comes as no surprise as COVID-19 has changed many long-standing traditions for NFL teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers have historically hosted their training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. However, teams were told they are no longer permitted to travel to training camp for the 2020 season and the Steelers announced last month that their training camp will be taking place at Heinz Field.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy stated via email, “Fans will not be permitted at training camp this year. This is a league-wide policy”. It is still unclear whether or not fans will be permitted at preseason and regular season games. However, a bright spot in McCarthy’s email stated, “clubs may hold up to two events at their stadium provided they adhere to all state and local guidelines”.

Due to the recent nature of the comments, the Steelers have not stated how or when these events will take place. The Steelers have the most dedicated fan base in all of sports, so it’s hard to imagine that ownership will not take advantage of this opportunity to incorporate fans into their training camp plans.

How do you think not having fans at training camp will affect the Steelers? Did you have plans for attending training camp this year? Comment below!

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