NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Jets will hold training camp at SUNY Cortland, returning to central New York for the fifth time in the last six years.
The Jets made the announcement Wednesday. Teams can begin camp 15 days before their first preseason game. That means New York can start as early as July 23, with its opener Aug. 7 at home against Indianapolis.
“I love the fact that we are going back to Cortland,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. “Everyone knows how I feel about going away. I think it is a big part of building our team camaraderie. The community, the school and the people of Cortland have been outstanding and we are all excited to be going back this summer.”
The team trains on the school’s campus, located about three hours from the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets have practiced there each summer of Ryan’s tenure, except for 2011 after the NFL lockout.
“The school and the community have joined together to continually provide a terrific backdrop for our team to come together at a critical stage of our season,” general manager John Idzik said.
SUNY Cortland public relations director Frederic Pierce said in a phone interview earlier this month with 104.5 The Team in Albany that the school was awaiting word from the team, despite a report stating New York had decided to return.
Idzik acknowledged during the offseason that the Jets would explore their options.
“We are extremely pleased and excited to once again welcome the New York Jets to the SUNY Cortland campus,” school president Erik Bitterbaum said in a statement. “As it has in the past, this summer’s training camp will bring millions of tourist dollars into the Cortland economy, showcase the college’s professional-caliber facilities on an international stage, and provide SUNY Cortland students with the educational experience of a lifetime.”
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