NFL instructing teams to hold training camps at home

WOAY – The National Football League has reportedly sent instructions to its 32 teams to hold training camps in their home cities this summer, according to outlets including the Associated Press and ESPN.

Many teams announced Tuesday evening they would indeed be holding training camps at their own facilities, regardless of whether they had traditionally held camp there in the past. The Pittsburgh Steelers, for example, had held training camp sessions at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe (about 45 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh) for 54 years, but the team will now reportedly train at their own facilities.

This would mark the second straight year without a team holding training camp at the Greenbrier, which had reportedly been in talks with multiple franchises last month. The resort hosted the New Orleans Saints from 2014-16, and the Houston Texans in 2017 & 2018. Several other teams, including the New England Patriots, have also practiced in White Sulphur Springs. According to the memo sent by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, joint practices between teams would not be allowed.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to meet in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on August 6.