Fan's guide to Training Camp

The Giants 2006 training camp will begin on Thursday, July 27, when all players must report to SUNY-Albany. The first practice session will take place the following morning. All practice sessions will be open to the public. There is no admission charged for watching training camp workouts, and paid parking is available in the campus lots.

For the second consecutive summer, many of the Giants practices will take place in the evening, from 6:10-8:10, which the Giants hope will cut down on injuries while also allowing more fans a chance to attend.

The 2006 camp will be the Giants' 11th at Albany and the third for head coach Tom Coughlin. Previously, the team held training camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. from 1988-95.

The Giants are signed to hold their training camp at U-Albany through the summer of 2008.

What: New York Giants 2006 training camp

Where: Albany, New York's state capital

Report Date: Thursday, July 27

First practice: Friday morning, July 28

Last practice: Wednesday morning, Aug. 23

Admission: Training camp practices are free and open to the public. On-campus paid parking is available.

Giants hotline: Fans are encouraged to call the Giants training camp hotline at 518-442-7369 to check practice times and locations, which are subject to change with little advance notice.

Daily routine: Days with double sessions: 8:40-10:40 AM and 6:10-8:10 PM (Except opening weekend when the practices are 8:40-10:40 AM and 3:20-5:20 PM). Days with a single session: 2:40-4:50 PM (except preceding exhibition games, when there will be one morning session).

No scrimmage: Unlike in past years, when the Giants have either held joint practices with another club such as the Jets or Patriots, or held an intra-squad scrimmage the second weekend of camp, there will be no such event. Actually the Giants will be off the traditional scrimmage Saturday (Aug. 5), sandwiched in between two days of double sessions.

Roster cutdowns: The first roster cutdown to 75 players is Aug. 29. All clubs must have their roster down to a maximum of 53 players by Sept. 2. The following day clubs can begin assembling an eight-man practice squad.

Preseason schedule: Aug. 11 at Baltimore, Aug. 17 vs. Kansas City, Aug. 25 at Jets, Aug. 31 vs. Patriots

Fan Guidelines: Practice sessions will be open for viewing by the public daily throughout training camp. Limited seating is provided alongside the practice fields. Restroom facilities and concession stands will also be provided. Concession stands will include food and beverages as well as other merchandise. Fans wishing to get autographs are asked to do so after practice sessions, outside the practice field fence as the players return to the locker room. Because of the full schedules during camp, it is not possible to schedule autograph or photo sessions. Groups wishing to visit training camp do not need to make special arrangements; they may watch practice from the bleachers.

Directions to SUNY Albany:

From the North — Take Interstate 87 (Northway) South to Exit 1E. Off the exit, proceed to Interstate 90 East (Albany/Boston). Take Exit 2 (Washington Avenue), which leads right into the University at Albany campus. Follow University Drive (heading south) 3/4 of mile to Dutch Quad parking lot (public) and one mile to Recreation & Convocation parking lot (Giants/VIP).

From the South: Take Interstate 87 (Thruway) North to Exit 24. After the tollbooths, proceed onto Interstate 90 East towards Boston. Take Exit 2 (Washington Avenue), which leads right into the University at Albany campus. Follow University Drive (heading south) 3/4 mile to Dutch Quad parking lot (public) and one mile to Recreation & Convocation parking lot (Giants/VIP).

From the East: Take Interstate 90 West towards Buffalo. Leave interstate at Exit 2 (Fuller Road). Turn left at Fuller Road, then take next left at Washington Avenue. The University at Albany campus is on your right. Upon entering campus, follow University Drive (heading south) 3/4 mile to Dutch Quad parking lot (public) and one mile to Recreation & Convocation parking lot (Giants/VIP).

From the West: Take Interstate 90 (Thruway) East to Exit 24. After the tollbooths, proceed onto Interstate 90 East towards Boston. Leave interstate at Exit 2 (Washington Avenue), which leads right into the University at Albany campus. Follow University Drive (heading south) 3/4 of mile to Dutch Quad parking lot (public) and one mile to Recreation & Convocation parking lot (Giants/VIP).

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