Jets pick Florham Park

The New York Jets announced today that they will relocate their headquarters and practice facility to a former Exxon Headquarters near Park Avenue in Florham Park, New Jersey.

The announcement concludes a six month search during which time more than forty sites were considered as the Jets' potential new home. Two months ago, the Jets announced a short list of five potential sites which included Berkeley Heights, Florham Park, Jersey City, Millburn and Wood-Ridge.

As the new home of the Jets, the practice facility will house all football operations and most corporate functions including an 110,000 square foot building housing 100 employees, three outdoor football fields, and one indoor football field. Relocating the practice facility from Long Island to New Jersey will generate local jobs and more than $10 million annually in new tax revenue for the state.

"We have been heartened by the interest of so many towns throughout New Jersey to welcome us into their communities as their neighbors," said New York Jets President Jay Cross. "After conducting a comprehensive search, we have concluded that the Florham Park site best fits our needs as an organization.

"On behalf of the citizens of our fine Borough, I am gratified and excited that Florham Park will become the future home of the New York Jets Training Facility," said Florham Park Mayor Frank Tinari. "After an exhaustive search process, our community was selected by the Jets and the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority. They will not be disappointed by their decision. Florham Park has witnessed extensive changes in recent years. The Jets training facility is yet another positive part of this process, one that we heartily welcome."

"As a long time Jets fan and season ticket holder, I am very excited about the Jets coming to Florham Park. As a little kid wearing my Joe Namath jersey, I could never have imagined that I would someday get to be a part of bringing my favorite team into my hometown," said Florham Park Council President Joseph Morano.

Six months ago, the New York Jets exclusively retained Cohn Real Estate LLP to conduct a comprehensive site search in northern New Jersey. Over the past few months, the New York Jets and Cohn Real Estate have visited more than 40 sites in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Union, Passaic, Somerset, Middlesex and Monmouth counties to find a location which best meets the unusual needs of the football team.

The sites were evaluated on the following criteria:

At least 20 acres available with minimal impediments to development

Located within a 20 mile radius of the Meadowlands and Newark Airport, yet accessible to Manhattan

Proximity to diversity of housing stock, hotel accommodations, and appropriate medical facilities

The Jets had agreed to relocate their practice facility from Long Island to New Jersey as part of an historic agreement to build a new joint stadium with the Giants in the Meadowlands. As part of that agreement, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority agreed to acquire 20 acres for each team to build new training complexes in New Jersey. While the Giants new training facility will remain on the Meadowlands complex, the Jets training facility will be relocated outside the complex in Florham Park, NJ.

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