Training camp in upstate New York could be a thing of the past for the New York Jets, who have settled in to life in New Jersey with ease.
The team now enters their third week of training camp at their facility in Florham Park, the Jets have been drawing fans and packing their grandstand. This year, the Jets have regularly seen 1,500 fans per game at the facility, the first time that the organization has used Atlantic Health Jets Training Center since 2011 when the NFL lockout made a trip to upstate a New York a logistical nightmare.
A team source tells Metro that “we're very pleased with everything about using our own facility so far” and later added “it wouldn't surprise me if we stay here long-term.”
Attendance has topped the turnout at SUNY-Cortland, the Jets home for every training camp since 2010 save one season, creating a real buzz about training camp. While Cortland certainly had its benefits in terms of getting the team away, there is no doubt that being at their own facility is tremendous for the players.
And with a first-year general manager in Mike Maccagnan who has no ties to Cortland, the team appears to be pointed in a direction to starting a new tradition and being based out of north Jersey for the near-future. The location is also far more accessible for fans, who have been packing training sessions during camp's first few weeks. The Cortland campus offered dorms and expansive fields but lacked the high-end technology and resources of the Jets facility.
Currently, the team stays at a hotel near the facility but utilizes their state-of-the-art facility for everything else. The source said that “everything points towards this becoming a new tradition for the Jets.”