NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Camp Cortland is closed.
The New York Jets announced on Tuesday that this summer’s training camp will be held at their team’s practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets had held camp at SUNY Cortland five out of the past six years.
“SUNY Cortland felt like home because of the tremendous local support we received during our time there,” Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. “President Erik Bitterbaum and the university staff, as well as the families and businesses of Central New York, all went above and beyond to embrace our organization and create a comfortable environment for our team and fans. They always will be a part of our Jets family.”
The relative quiet and isolation of Cortland was favored by Rex Ryan, who moved workouts to the campus after he was hired as head coach in 2009. But he was fired after last season’s 4-12 finish and the team — with a new leadership structure in general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles — decided it was time for another change.
“Preparing for the season at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center offers the added benefit of locating camp closer to the team’s core fan base in the New York/North Jersey metropolitan area,” the team said in a statement.
The Jets held training camp in Florham Park in 2011 due to the NFL lockout.
The team had previously ruled out Farmingdale State College for this summer, which would have brought training camp back to Long Island for the first time since 2008, the last year at Hofstra University.
“We are very grateful for the outstanding support of our fans in Cortland and to fans who made and enjoyed trips to the area,” Jets president Neil Glat said. “Our hope is that our training in Florham Park will allow additional fans to experience the fun and excitement of a Jets Training Camp this year.”
The New York Giants left SUNY Albany to train at their East Rutherford facilities in 2013. According to the Jets, 21 of 32 teams hold camps at their home bases.