Monday, August 11, 2008

New York Giants Will Return to University of Albany for Summer Training Camp in 2009

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

It’s official – the Giants will hold training camp at the University of Albany in 2009.

The team announced on Monday, Aug. 11 that it has picked up the option on its contract and will train here for the 14th consecutive summer next year. The Giants have trained at UAlbany since 1996.

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with the University at Albany and the city of Albany," said Giants president John Mara. "UAlbany is our summer home, and that's not just because of the great resources and facilities we are provided, but it is mostly because the administration and staff have made us feel welcome and have always gone out of their way to accommodate our needs."

The school has always been a popular camp venue for Giants fans, but particularly this year. The Giants have been drawing fans here at a record pace. Through 13 practices days, the camp attendance is 33,540. That puts them ahead of the pace in 2004, when the camp attendance record of 45,040 was set. After 13 practice days that year, the count was 30,110.

"The Giants have been part of the University at Albany family since 1996," said UAlbany Interim President George Philip. "We're pleased that they will be back for the 2009 summer training camp."

The Giants’ 14th training camp at UAlbany will be the longest at any location in the franchise history. The Giants spent thirteen summers at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y. from 1975-87. The Giants, who have also trained in the states of Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Oregon, previously worked out at Fairleigh Dickinson University (1988-95) in Madison, New Jersey prior to their arrival on the UAlbany campus.

(Courtesy Michael Eisen & New York Giants)

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