ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Giants announced Friday the NFL team will not be returning to the University at Albany this summer; instead that they will hold their 2013 training camp at the Timex Performance Center, their year-round headquarters in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The team trained in Albany last summer and 16 of the previous 17 years. 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.
The Giants informed University at Albany athletic director Dr. Lee McElroy and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings of the decision. "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."
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. "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 dates for the Giants' 2013 training camp will be announced later this spring when the preseason schedule is finalized.
VIEW PHOTOS from Giants training camp in 2012.