the Pittsburgh Steelers have always found ways to return the love to their loyal fans. One of the most peculiar customs has been the welcoming of Men’s Fantasy Camp at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the longtime home of the Steelers’ “regular” training camp. The experience is a condensed version of the Steelers player training camp diet, allowing fans a taste of the rigors of professional football.
Pittsburgh alumni are invited for the occasion to act as drill coaches, as well as special guest speakers. The event last took place over the weekend of May 31 to June 2, 2019; but due to the pandemic it was canceled in 2020, ’21 and ’22. After not holding camp for three years and not receiving any updates on his future, Steelers fans have to wonder if this really is the end of an era?
Men’s Fantasy Camp has been an honored tradition since its inception in 2002. Pricing for the three-day event isn’t cheap at $800 per person, but anyone who’s ever attended would agree that the experience is always great and worth the money. . If you are unfamiliar with this camp or have never been able to attend, below is an outline of what you would sign up for.
Just like the pros, you would be housed in the dorms at St. Vincent’s College. Upon arrival at camp, campers would receive dorm housing assignments, “team” assignments, and a “swag” bag of goodies, including a replica black Nike jersey personalized with the participant’s name and number. his choice. After depositing your belongings in your room, you had the opportunity to see the Steelers alumni at the meet and greet, where you were able to take photos with the players, as well as autographed memorabilia before the start. of the evening program which included dinner and speaker-coaches talk about their careers.
Steelers alumni from camp 2019 included Hall of Famers Dermontti Dawson and Rod Woodsonas well as the Steelers broadcasters Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley. Chris Hoke, Arthur Moatsand Louis Lips were also present for the event, with rocky bleier as a special guest. These players not only functioned as guest speakers during the afternoons and evenings, but also as coaches, performing various drills for each of their respective positions they played for the Steelers.
In 2019, the camp also set up a combine harvester on the last day of camp. As part of the combine, you participated in events such as the 40-yard dash, the shuttle drill, a touchdown reception drill and many more. Although the camp is all about fun, you would still be surprised at how physically demanding it is. Regardless of your physical ability and ability to participate, all campers who attend are entered to win prizes on the last day of camp via a raffle. The prizes you could win include anything from game tickets for the upcoming season to autographed jerseys and helmets.
This camp carries many good memories for those who have participated at least once since its creation until its last meeting. A number of these men have attended each camp and others come in ‘teams’ with their own range of matching t-shirts. Fans travel from all over the country for this event, and some travel from other countries, such as Canada, Mexico, and Germany, to name a few. Everyone enjoys meeting players and connecting with them in ways they never expected, whether it’s the stories told by oldies or even just casual conversations about life in general.
We hope this event will be revived in the future, because no matter how many times you go, it’s always a special time to meet others Steeler Nation brothers and unite in your love for the team and the game of football.
Have you ever been to Men’s Fantasy Camp? What was your experience like? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.