Giants to Hold 2013 Training Camp at Team Headquarters
The New York Giants announced today that they will hold their 2013 summer training camp at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, NJ, which is home to the team.
“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 (Jerry) Jennings and to 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. 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 have trained at the University of Albany for 16 of the last 17 summers dating back to 1996, the most spent at any site in their 88-season history. They interrupted their streak in 2011 when the NFL lockout forced the team to scrap its plans to return to its annual summer home. That year, New York went on to win Super Bowl XLVI.
“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.”
The dates for the Giants’ 2013 training camp will be announced later this spring when the preseason schedule is finalized.
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In other news, the Giants confirmed the signing of 13 players to reserve/future contracts, including six who ended the season on the team’s practice squad: tackles Matt McCants, the Giants’ sixth-round draft choice last year, and Levy Adcock; guard Stephen Goodwin; tight end Larry Donnell; defensive end Matt Broha; and cornerback Laron Scott.
Also signed was quarterback Curtis Painter, who was out of football last year after starting 8 games for the Colts during Peyton Manning’s final season there.
Also signed were linebacker Jake Muasau, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner, and wide receiver Brandon Collins, both of whom were with the Giants last summer; cornerback Trumaine McBride, a 2007 seventh-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears; wide receiver Kevin Hardy, who was in the New Orleans Saints’ training camp last summer; and guard Michael Jasper, a 2007 seventh-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills.