Pittsburgh Steelers president Artwork Rooney II was interviewed by Bob Labriola of Steelers.com following the discharge of the workforce’s 2021 schedule on Wednesday. Labriola requested Rooney about having coaching camp at Saint Vincent Faculty this summer season after it was cancelled there final 12 months for the primary time since 1965 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want I might say it’s a executed deal,” Rooney mentioned concerning the Steelers probably having their coaching camp at Saint Vincent Faculty in 2021. “(Having coaching camp at Saint Vincent) is actually Plan A for us. That’s what we’re planning for, however sadly there nonetheless are some points we’ve acquired to iron out, and a few of them should do with the Gamers Affiliation and discussions about coaching camp and COVID protocols and all of that.
“However actually the massive factor is we hope folks proceed to get vaccinated, as a result of that’s going to be our greatest path to getting again to regular, each for coaching camp and through the common season, and so we’re optimistic.
“Issues are trending in the proper course, that’s for certain, and our plan at this level is to have coaching camp at Saint Vincent.”
Rooney went on to say that if followers should not allowed at coaching camp this 12 months, he’s undecided the workforce would go to Saint Vincent Faculty. Final week, the NFL despatched a memo to groups saying they are going to be permitted to go away for coaching camp in 2021, topic to league approval. Final 12 months, all camps needed to be at workforce services and stadiums due to the COVID restrictions laid out.
In brief, it seems like there’s an excellent probability the Steelers will probably be again at Saint Vincent Faculty for coaching camp later this summer season. Rooney had beforehand indicated in late March that the workforce is anticipated to return there this summer season.
On high of Rooney’s coaching camp feedback, he additionally reportedly talked concerning the league’s full plan to have full capability at stadiums this 12 months.
“We’re planning on having full capability. The traits are all headed in the proper course, and we’re enthusiastic about getting our followers again within the stadium,” Rooney mentioned. “Once more, I simply encourage anybody who hasn’t been vaccinated to exit and get vaccinated. That’s the easiest way for every little thing to get again to regular.
“We’re nonetheless in a state of affairs the place we now have to be ready to regulate, and positively we will probably be, however the place issues stand right this moment, and the best way issues are trending we be ok with being about as near regular by August as potential. We’re wanting ahead to being fairly near again to regular by then.”