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Giants ditch Albany, move training camp to team facility

Corey Webster AP

The New York Giants are leaving their traditional training camp home of the University at Albany to train at their regular-season home in New Jersey.

The team told Albany officials this week that training camp will now be at the Timex Performance Center, where the team trains year round. That ends a 17-year tradition of having training camp in Albany.

“The University at Albany and the Capital Region have been great hosts for us during our training camps,” Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a joint statement. “UAlbany truly has been the summer home of the Giants.”

But it will be the summer home of the Giants no longer. And although there has been no word on fan access at 2013 training camp, at first blush this would appear to be bad news for fans: Training camps at campus settings usually allow for much better fan experiences than training camps at team facilities.

At least now there will be no complaints about uncomfortable mattresses.

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15 Responses to “Giants ditch Albany, move training camp to team facility”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 4, 2013 3:26 PM

    Eli, Vick and Romo walk into a bar…to watch RGIII and the Redskins win Lombardi #4 on TV.

  2. ttommytom says: Jan 4, 2013 3:27 PM

    I’d like to think that somehow it is in response to 2nd half collapses.

    In reality, it is always about money.

  3. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 4, 2013 3:31 PM

    As we are talking about the Mara and Tisch family I am sure they will run a nice camp and make it fan friendly.

  4. dbones750 says: Jan 4, 2013 3:32 PM

    Haters gonna hate, but Corey Webster is a huge reason the G-Men have two titles in the past 5 years. Saw the pic, just wanted to inb4 the hate.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 4, 2013 3:35 PM

    Good. Hopefully, this cuts down on the freak back injuries with those teenager twin beds and the turf that seems to tear up 4-5 knees every spring/summer.

  6. dtm1088 says: Jan 4, 2013 3:37 PM

    As someone who has been to Giants training camp in Albany and at Timex where it was held in 2011 because of the lock out, Timex honestly seemed just as nice an experience. I assume the fan access in the future will be the same. You were much closer to the practices and drills, and its just as accommodating for large groups of fans.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 4, 2013 3:39 PM

    dbones750 says: Jan 4, 2013 3:32 PM

    Haters gonna hate, but Corey Webster is a huge reason the G-Men have two titles in the past 5 years. Saw the pic, just wanted to inb4 the hate.
    ————–

    No one’s negating that. Just as you cannot negate how he has regressed horribly over the past year.

  8. marvsleezy says: Jan 4, 2013 3:44 PM

    I wonder if the Giants will now CHARGE admission and crank up parking prices?

  9. sportnman says: Jan 4, 2013 3:49 PM

    This is all about saving a few bucks! Sad, truly sad.

  10. nyjets1017 says: Jan 4, 2013 3:51 PM

    Its a shame they don’t allow access to fans at more of these. They pay threw the nose and can’t even get an autograph anymore or watch the teams practice.

  11. patriotenvy says: Jan 4, 2013 6:57 PM

    How can they be thinking about training camp, it’s the playoffs!!! This is what it’s all for!!

    Oh, that’s right… sorry giants fans.

  12. vikingshavefoursuperbowlappearancesandarethebest says: Jan 4, 2013 10:38 PM

    they are just trying to compete with Minnesota

  13. patriotenvy says: Jan 4, 2013 11:29 PM

    giants 2012 superbowl champs * lock out season.

    Making sense now.

  14. bkostela says: Jan 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    patriotenvy says:
    Jan 4, 2013 11:29 PM
    giants 2012 superbowl champs * lock out season.

    Making sense now.
    _______________________

    how many asterisks does the super bowl loser get?

  15. bergencountyjc says: Jan 15, 2013 2:25 PM

    Well, they DID win the big game after having their first training camp at the Timex center. It’s great news to me as I work across the highway from the stadium so maybe I’ll become a signature hound this summer.

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