PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Do you feel that? Football is in the air.

The start of Steelers Training Camp is almost here. Players report Friday, and the first open practice is Saturday.

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The annual night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium is set for a week from Friday. Also, a second night practice at Saint Vincent College is on the schedule for Aug. 14.

The last open practice is Aug. 17.

So, there’s your vital information, but there’s so much more.

It’s the team’s 48th year at Saint Vincent College, and training camp is your best chance to get up-close with players.

Players report Friday to their home away from home for the duration of camp. They eat, sleep and stay in the dorms. Fans travel from across the country to Saint Vincent College.

The main event is the open practices. They start at 2:55 p.m., and before then, there are other things to see on open practice days.

A merchandise tent, traveling Great Hall, the Steelers Experience and more all open to fans at noon.

New to camp this year is the social media tent where you can get tips on how to stay connected to the Steelers all year round.

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The night practice on Aug. 2 will be a huge draw, and it’s followed by fireworks.

On regular practice days, there’s always a mad dash to get the perfect spot to watch players take the field, but your best bet for autographs and pictures is after practice.

They may ask you to wait until after they’ve showered, but many players are more than accommodating. Just be ready for the big crowds.

Also, make sure you bring a pen and something to sign.

But that’s not all you should take with you to camp:

  • Blankets or lawn chairs
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars and cameras

However, be advised no video cameras are allowed.

There’s plenty of free parking in designated areas.

Above all, have fun; and remember, we’re all fans here.

For more information, visit the Steelers website here!

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