Giants will have a summer staycation, ditch Albany for 2013

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, right, watches as

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, right, watches as players run past him during a physical evaluation drill on the opening day of training camp in Albany. (July 26, 2012) (Credit: AP)

No more Albany.

At least not this summer as the Giants, less than a week removed from the 2012 season, have announced plans to hold 2013’s training camp at their Timex Performance Center in the Meadowlands complex this summer. The Giants had trained at the University at Albany in 16 of the previous 17 seasons. The only time they did not during that span was in 2011 when the lockout forced them to remain at home in New Jersey. Don’t think the fact that they won a Super Bowl that season was lost on any of the decision-makers when it came to not re-signing with Albany. But 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 – were likely much larger elements in the decision.

The Giants did not rule out a return to Albany at some future time.

“The University at Albany and the Capital Region have been great hosts for us during our training camps,” Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara and Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch said in a joint statement. “UAlbany truly has been the summer home of the Giants. We are grateful to Mayor (Jerry) Jennings and to Dr. (Lee) McElroy (the athletic director of UAlbany) and his staff in the athletic department for making us feel welcome and providing the resources we needed to prepare for the season. We are fortunate to have a facility in the Timex Performance Center that allows us to hold training camp here. We have told Mayor Jennings and Dr. McElroy that we will evaluate our training camp situation on an ongoing basis and certainly would not rule out a return to Albany in the future if it makes sense for both parties.”

The split from Albany was presumed 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. Back then very few fans took advantage of having training camp in the Metropolitan area. In 2011 the Giants averaged 1,113 fans at 13 workouts for a total of 14,478. This past summer in Albany the Giants averaged 2,692 fans for 14 workouts for a total of 37,684.

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