Giants to leave Albany for Jersey training camp

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, center, looks on

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, center, looks on as field as players, including defensive tackle Markus Kuhn, right, run through a physical evaluation drill on the opening day of training camp. (July 26, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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The Giants announced Friday that this summer's training camp will take place at their Timex Performance Center in the Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford, N.J., rather than at the University at Albany, where it had been for 16 of the past 17 seasons.

The new structure of training camp with no two-a-day practices and limited time on the field -- plus the lack of a suitable indoor facility at Albany in case of poor weather -- likely were factors in the decision.

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The Giants were at Timex in 2011 because of the NFL lockout. In a joint statement, Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said they have not ruled out a return to Albany.

The split from Albany was expected by many. The Giants' contract with the school expired at the end of this past training camp, and most in the area realized that they would be saying goodbye to the Giants for the final time.

Dates for training camp at Timex have not been set -- they will depend on the release of the preseason schedule later this year -- but the practices will be free and open to the public, just as they were in 2011.

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