Multiple sources have confirmed the news, but via The Blue Screen twitter feed:
“The #NYG have pulled the plug on training camp in Albany and announced it will held at their Meadowlands practice facility instead. #NFL”
Since I’m from originally from the area and know the excitement it brings to the capital district, this is a sad decision to have been made… but completely understandable considering the toll of the NFL Lockout on logistics issues. The Giants official statement is here:
The New York Giants announced today that because of logistical and timing restrictions resulting from the league’s current ongoing labor negotiations, they will not hold training camp this summer at the University at Albany, their camp venue since 1996. They will conduct this year’s camp at their permanent home here at the Timex Performance Center.
“We have notified President (George M.) Philip and Dr. (Lee) McElroy at the University at Albany, as well as Mayor (Gerald) Jennings, that we will not be holding training camp there this summer,” Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara said. “In light of current circumstances, it simply became impractical for us to hold camp away from home. The University at Albany and the Capital Region has been a great summer home for us for 15 years, and we have every intention of returning there in 2012.”