On this date in New York Jets’ history, the long time practice facility received a well-earned makeover. But actually, the history begins 29 years prior. Let me explain…
On July 1, 1968, the Jets made the move for training camp that lasted a couple of generations. Previously, the Jets made Peeksill, NY their home for training camp. On this date in 1968, the Jets made the move across the GW bridge and the Whitestone, landing at Hofstra, where as we all know, they called home until Florham Park opened.
Well move ahead to today, July 2nd, 1997. Bill Parcells had been named the team’s 11th head coach just five months earlier, ending the tug-of-war with the New England Patriots. The late Leon Hess wanted coach Parcells to have everything he wanted, so Leon could “finally see a winner before I died”. As such, the facilities at Hofstra received a makeover, improving both the grass and turf fields. They also built a new, air supported, indoor practice bubble.
Nothing was too good for coach Parcells. Even if the Jets were destined to leave the facility within the next decade for Florham Park. All in all it kind of brought in a new era around the Jets’ complex, a new coach, and a makeover of the facility to make the team feel like it is moving ahead.