The New York Jets revealed their summer plans today, which involved announcing a multiyear agreement with SUNY Cortland to return to the central New York campus to hold the bulk of their training camp for the second straight year. Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson also announced plans for the team to hold training camp practices again in North Jersey and on Long Island.
In Cortland this morning, New York Gov. David Paterson announced that the Jets have entered into a three-year agreement with SUNY Cortland with the option to extend to five years, establishing the campus as the site of their summer training camp and attracting both economic activity and visitors to the central New York campus.
Paterson was joined at SUNY Cortland by Johnson, Congressman Michael Arcuri, SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum, business leaders and state and local elected officials.
"Last year, Cortland laid the foundation for the Jets' winning season. I am confident that the road to the Super Bowl will go through the same college town this season, garnering it the attention it deserves," Paterson said. "I'm excited to welcome the Jets to Cortland not just for a single training season but for a multiyear commitment that will benefit both the community and the campus to the tune of millions of dollars and doubling the first year attendance. Central New York is a beautiful region and I am thrilled we can show it off to football fans and their families alike."
Johnson also announced today that the Jets, as they did last year, will again hold open training camp practices for the public at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park and on Long Island. More details on those practices will be available in the coming weeks.
In 2009, the Jets moved their training camp to SUNY Cortland, whose location and facilities met first-year coach Rex Ryan's criteria for an ideal site. The Jets responded by winning their first three games in an 11-8 season that included their first AFC Championship Game appearance in 11 years.
The team will report to SUNY Cortland for training camp on Sunday, Aug. 1, and the first practice will be held on Monday, Aug. 2.