Reporting Larry Richert
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – For many, it is a yearly vacation. Steelers fans from all over the world converge on St. Vincent College to celebrate the beginning of training camp.
Burt Lauten, communications coordinator for the Steelers joined Larry and John to give them a preview of what to expect and look forward to in Latrobe. It used to be a simplistic experience, you come and watch a practice and try to get some autographs. Now, it has become an experience that is aimed toward pleasing the fans.
Lauten said that some of the attractions will be open longer and will be easily accessible for fans.
“We moved the merchandizing tent, we have a social media tent, (and) we’ll have the traveling Great Hall. It will all be accessible right near the parking lot,” Lauten said.
Lauten added that they asked fans what they liked and used that information to decide what attractions to keep. The first day for fans to come is Saturday, July 27 at noon with camp officially opening at 1:30 p.m.
“Whether you’re coming either way on Route 30 to get to St. Vincent, there will be signs posted everywhere for the parking lots,” Lauten said.
As always, parking and admission are free.
Lauten said one of the most anticipated new attractions is the “Pittsburgh Steel line drum line,” to get the fans hearts pumping.
Fan cans get access to the autograph lines starting at 1:30 p.m. Lauten said that fans will, “Still have the close access near the locker room where the players come in and out, (they’ll) have access down near the fields.”
They will be signing autographs primarily after practice.
On how the players are feeling after a disappointing season last year,Lauten said, “A lot of the guys got a chip on their shoulder, and they’re ready to go.”
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