Bad news for Big Blue fans. The New York Giants won't be training at UAlbany this summer. YNN's Sports Director Marisa Jacques has the details.
ALBANY, N.Y. — It's been a staple of the summer season in the Capital Region.
The New York Giants calling Albany, and UAlbany, their home.
But now, Big Blue says players will be training year-round at the facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"This year they said they're not going here, there's going to practice down there. At their stadium," said Albany mayor Jerry Jennings.
This move wasn't totally unexpected. Many anticipated the Giants would leave UAlbany in favor of their newly-built training facility next to MetLife Stadium.
Albany's mayor says he's going to work with UAlbany to get the Giants back, even if that means building an indoor facility.
"We are working on a permanent dome for the university and the Giants to use all year long."
The Giants had made the trip up north for the last 16 out of 17 years. That's the longest the team has spent at any training facility.
Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara called UAlbany and the capital Region "great hosts" and said, in part:
"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.”
"Our job is to continue tot to talk to them to accommodate their needs, and move on," said Jennings.
UAlbany's leaders say they're disappointed by the move as well.
For businesses that have been counting on Giants fans filling their bars and restaurants since they first moved into the Albany campus in 1996, they're worried what the move will mean to their bottom line.
"This is dependent on this review this summer. It's kinda like Christmas for Sutter's," said Timothy Rodriguez, Sutter's.
"We're expecting sales will be down. We will try and generate revue. 30 thousand less fans in the area."
And for fans, it was a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite players, making them feel like they were a part of the team.
"It stinks, it was nice to be a part of a community with the Giants. It was special," said Julie Scarano, Albany.
But even so, the Capital Region says they'll continue to route for their favorite football team, as they practice in New Jersey.
"The Capital Region will still be here for the giants, so go Big Blue," Rodriguez said.
The dates for the Giants’ 2013 training camp will be announced later this spring when the preseason schedule is finalized.