The Giants will not be going up the Turnpike to Albany for training camp this summer and perhaps for good. They had held camp at the University of Albany 16 of the past 17 seasons.
From the Giants:
“The University at Albany and the Capital Region have been great hosts for us during our training camps. UAlbany truly has been the summer home of the Giants. We are grateful to Mayor Jennings and to Dr. McElroy 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.” – Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara and Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch in a joint statement.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
This unfortunately makes a lot of sense. The ownership always liked the idea of getting away for a few weeks to train, but that school of thought is no longer the norm. For the amount of time and resources the club expends on travel and moving equipment back and forth, it is no longer logistically feasible. All of the amenities the team needs are now available at their year-round facility at TPC. Staying home allows the team to be in closer proximity of their medical team and the NY hospitals they have a relationship with.
One other advantage of staying home is the fieldhouse, which can be used in inclement weather. UAlbany did not have a sufficient indoor option and rain had set back several practice sessions. Another concern was the lodging. Many players had issues with the mattresses in the dorms and complained of back problems.