The Giants this week informed University at Albany athletic director Dr. Lee McElroy and the city’s mayor, Jerry Jennings, that they will hold their 2013 training camp at the Timex Performance Center, their year-round headquarters here.
The team trained in Albany last summer and 16 of the previous 17 years. The Giants held training camp at the Timex Performance Center in 2011, a season that ended with their victory in Super Bowl XLVI.
“The University at Albany and the Capital Region have been great hosts for us during our training camps,” Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara and Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch said in a joint statement. “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.”
The Giants first trained in Albany in 1996 and their 16 camps at the school are the most at any site in their 88-season history.
“It has been a tremendous experience for our city to have the Giants here,” Mayor Jennings said. “We value our relationship with John Mara and Steve Tisch and their organization, and I have told them they are always welcome. This is Giants country, and we wish them nothing but the best.”
“We have enjoyed serving as the summer home of the New York Giants,” Dr. McElroy said. “The relationship has provided us with yet another avenue to promote our great university and what we feel is a first-class athletic program and group of student-athletes. 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.”
"We're proud to have hosted the New York Giants summer camp for 16 seasons," said University at Albany President Robert J. Jones. "We will miss the excitement and engagement the team brings to our campus, and we extend our best wishes to the Giants for next season."
The dates for the Giants’ 2013 training camp will be announced later this spring when the preseason schedule is finalized.