Friday, January 4, 2013
Giants moving '13 camp from Albany
By Ohm Youngmisuk
The New York Giants will not be going back to Albany and instead will hold their 2013 training camp at their Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Giants had trained at the University of Albany in 16 of the previous 17 summers.
"The University at Albany and the Capital Region have been great hosts for us during our training camps," Giants president/chief executive officer John Mara and chairman/executive vice president Steve Tisch said in a joint statement released by the team Friday. "UAlbany truly has been the summer home of the Giants. We are grateful to mayor Jennings and to [Albany athletic director] Dr. [Lee] McElroy and his staff in the athletic department for making us feel welcome and providing the resources we needed to prepare for the season."
The Giants held their 2011 training camp at the Timex facility and won the Super Bowl that season.
The Giants first held training camp in upstate New York in 1996.
"We are fortunate to have a facility in the Timex Performance Center that allows us to hold training camp here," the Giants' co-owners said in the statement. "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."
During last summer's camp, the Giants had at least five players -- offensive tackles Will Beatty and James Brewer, defensive tackles Marvin Austin and Martin Parker, and cornerback Terrell Thomas -- sidelined by back issues.
Multiple players said they thought the small mattresses at the University of Albany, most of which were provided by the Giants, might have played a role in the back injuries. Some players even brought their own mattresses to camp.
"We are big humans," tight end Martellus Bennett said during camp when asked about the beds. "Every bed is small. You can't put a damn dinosaur in a twin-sized bed."
Albany will miss the Giants.
"We have enjoyed serving as the summer home of the New York Giants," McElroy said in the statement. "We certainly understand the Giants' desire to remain at the Timex Performance Center, which is a state-of-the-art training facility. We have assured Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch that if they ever decide to take their training camp away from East Rutherford again that we would be interested in once again serving as their home away from home."