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Giants to Stay at Home for Training Camp

The Giants have announced that they will not hold their 2011 training camp at the University at Albany, and will instead prepare for the upcoming season at the Timex Performance Center at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“We have notified President (George M.) Philip and Dr. (Lee) McElroy at the University at Albany, as well as Mayor (Gerald) Jennings, that we will not be holding training camp there this summer,” Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara said in a statement posted on the team’s official website. “In light of current circumstances, it simply became impractical for us to hold camp away from home. The University at Albany and the Capital Region has been a great summer home for us for 15 years, and we have every intention of returning there in 2012.”

Practices at the Meadowlands’ facility will be open to the public.

“While I was disappointed when John Mara called me this morning, I fully understand the Giants’ decision,” Philip said. “We have a strong relationship with the team and have enjoyed hosting their summer camp for the past 15 years. We will miss the vibrancy and excitement the Giants would have once again brought to the University and the region this summer. We wish them luck in the upcoming season and look forward to their return in 2012.”

Part of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s probe into the impact the NFL’s lockout had on the state was the loss of training camps. With the Giants not returning to Albany this summer, state of New York has now lost two of three training camps. The New York Jets have already announced that they will not be training at SUNY-Cortland this summer, opting instead to hold camp at their Florham Park, New Jersey headquarters.

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