Giants extend deal with U-Albany

The New York Giants are staying in Albany. At least until their new stadium is built.

The club and the University at Albany jointly announced an agreement on a two-year contract that will keep Big Blue's training camp in the Capital Region through the summer of 2008. The arrangement also includes the option for a third year, which would be necessary if the new stadium, which is expected to house the Giants summer camp, is not yet ready.

With the two-year extension in place, UAlbany will become the site for the longest stint of any Giants' training camp. The Giants previously spent 13 summers at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y. from 1975-87. The Giants, who have trained in the states of Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Oregon during their history, previously worked out at Fairleigh Dickinson University (1988-95) in New Jersey prior to their arrival on the UAlbany campus.

"We have had an outstanding relationship with the University, its staff and Mayor Jennings and the Albany community over the past 10 years," Giants Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John K. Mara said. "We look forward to the next few years here, and we certainly appreciate the support and cooperation of the good people here in helping us annually get ready to compete at the highest level."

The Giants have trained on the UAlbany campus, nearly 2.5 hours from Giants Stadium, since 1996. The original agreement, a five-year deal, carried training camp through the summer of 2000. A pair of three-year contracts have since been signed, with the current arrangement set to expire following the 2006 camp.

In the 10 years that the Giants have trained at UAlbany, the preseason camp has averaged more than 29,500 fans per summer. The camp attendance mark of 45,040 was established in 2004.

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