The New York Jets are sticking with the majority by hosting their annual training camp. But with that being said, would they ever return to Cortland?
As a die-hard New York Jets fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of visiting SUNY Cortland. The Jets opted to stay at home in the lovely confines of the Atlantic Health Training Facilities but can you really blame them?
It’s a multi-million dollar facility, arguably the best facilities in all of sports. Putting money aside, the Jets are losing out on the team-camaraderie that can only be built by living together in the dorms and being around each other literally 24-7.
Eric Allen, team reporter for NewYorkJets.com, joined the ESPN morning program, Bud and the Manchild before training camp kicked off. The Manchild asked EA how much longer the road training camp experience would last, here’s EA’s response:
EA reminisced about the olden days when he used to go see the Buffalo Bills on the road. Allen thinks that seeing the 8-10 teams doing it this year will be one of the last times we see that many participating away from home.
To be honest, going on the road for training camp is a tough experience. Only 10 teams remain on the road, including the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings who are waiting for their new stadiums to be finalized.
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So really it’s only eight teams who are on the road, so only 25% of teams still do it.
But going back to specifically the Jets and their time at SUNY Cortland, the decision to go on the road not only is good for team chemistry and building, but also it invests millions of dollars into the local communities.
It can’t be stressed enough how different it is, bunking with teammates for several weeks at a time compared to going home to see your family every night.
So to answer the presumptive question of this piece, will the Jets ever return to Cortland? Chances are slim to none, owner Woody Johnson as EA mentioned earlier has invested a ton of money into the new facilities for a reason.
I got a chance to visit the beautiful facilities last season and got to describe my adventures right here on The Jet Press. If you’d like your chance to visit the Jets during camp, feel free to check out the days you can see them here.