New York Jets won't return to Cortland for training camp this year

March 31, 2015 by Rachel Cera

After several years of conducting training camps on the campus of SUNY Cortland, the New York Jets are leaving Central New York this year. They say they're holding this summer's training camp in New Jersey.

New York Jets practicing at SUNY Cortland. Photo courtesy NYJ.New York Jets practicing at SUNY Cortland. Photo courtesy NYJ.“SUNY Cortland felt like home because of the tremendous local support we received during our time there,” said Jets Owner Woody Johnson in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “President Erik Bitterbaum and the university staff, as well as the families and businesses of Central New York, all went above and beyond to embrace our organization and create a comfortable environment for our team and fans. They always will be a part of our Jets family.”

The team says this year's training camp will be held at their "state-of-the-art Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey," which is closer to their core fan base in the New Jersey and metropolitan New York area.

“We are very grateful for the outstanding support of our fans in Cortland and to fans who made and enjoyed trips to the area,” said Jets President Neil Glat.

The team says after holding five of their last six training camps in Cortland, the return to their year-round training facility "is consistent with the trend of a number of teams remaining at home for camp." They say 21 of the 32 NFL teams now hold training camps at their own practice facilities.

According to SUNY Cortland, "economic activity related to the New York Jets' 2014 training camp at SUNY Cortland topped $4.6 million in Cortland County." It's about a million more than the impact of the 2013 camp. "In all, the five New York Jets training camps hosted at SUNY Cortland have resulted in $23.84 million in economic activity for Cortland County since 2009," the college says.

Senator Chuck Schumer urged the Jets this winter to keep this year's training camp in Central New York, citing SUNY Cortland's figures showing that "More than 22,500 spectators from 34 states and five countries passed through the training camp gates in 2014, up from 21,240 fans in 2013."

Last spring, tens of thousands of area residents signed a petition urging college president Erik Bitterbaum to ban Michael Vick from campus. Over 30,000 said the player, who had newly joined the Jets, should not be forgiven for his dogfighting conspiracy charges.

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