LATROBE (KDKA) – Today is the day Pittsburgh Steelers fans have been waiting for because the team is reporting to training camp at Saint Vincent College.
It’s always an interesting spectacle to see how the players will arrive and how much they bring with them.
Players started arriving Thursday afternoon, and the first open practice for fans is just one day away.
Watch: James Harrison Arrives In Firetruck:
“I’ve been driving commercial vehicles since I was 19,” said Harrison. “I drove buses at Kent State. I had a real job, man.”
Antonio Brown pulled up in a classic 1931 Phantom I Rolls Royce with a chauffeur.
“It’s a Rolls Royce 1930. It’s an antique piece and I’m grateful to pull up and start the year off in it,” said Brown.
Antonio Brown arrives pic.twitter.com/r6BuNgQ6wV
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 27, 2017
And Ryan Shazier arrived in a beautiful blue Porsche.
Meanwhile, Martavis Bryant also arrived; however, he is not yet eligible to practice yet as his reinstatement process from his lengthy suspension continues.
One player who didn’t arrive is Le’Veon Bell. He and the team were unable to come to terms on a long-term deal during the off-season, and he is not expected to show up for a couple of weeks.
As expected no LeVeon Bell at camp
— Rich Walsh KDKA (@RichieWalsh) July 27, 2017
“I think it’s important for all of us to be here just to build the camaraderie, build the timing and everything else. But to each person their own,” said Harrison. “At the end of the day, this is a business and he’s doing what he thinks is right for his business decisions.”
Ed Bouchette, KDKA Steelers insider with the Post-Gazette says Bell technically doesn’t have a contract so he didn’t expect Bell to show up.
“There is no reason for him to be here. I know there are people expressing disappointment but…he’s a running back. He knows the offense. He can stay away…and he’ll be in because he doesn’t lose any money until he starts missing real games, not preseason games,” said Bouchette.
Like last year, thousands of fans are expected to travel to Latrobe to watch the black and gold. For some, it’s an annual pilgrimage.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated events of training camp is the night practice at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
As the team gets ready for the upcoming season, they’re going to do something new this year. They’ll have an open practice at Heinz Field as part of the Steelers Family Fest.
Meanwhile, if you’re heading to Latrobe to watch an open practice, keep in mind parking lots open at noon and practice begins at 2:55 p.m.
In addition to watching the players, fans can also view exhibits, shop and more.
It’s all things Steelers, and you can watch all the preseason games on KDKA-TV.
The Steelers visit the New York Giants for their first preseason game on Friday, Aug. 11.
Camp breaks on Saturday, Aug. 19, one day before the Steelers’ first home preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.