Jets training camp had been held at SUNY Cortland for five of the past six seasons. The move allows the Jets to hold camp in their year-round training facility and be closer to their core NY/NJ fan base.
“SUNY Cortland felt like home because of the tremendous local support we received during our time there,” said Jets Owner Woody Johnson. “President Erik Bitterbaum and the university staff, as well as the families and businesses of Central New York, all went above and beyond to embrace our organization and create a comfortable environment for our team and fans. They always will be a part of our Jets family.”
Cortland was a fantastic off-the-beaten path location for Jets training camp. As part of his candidacy when he interviewed with the Jets, former head coach Rex Ryan strongly encouraged his superiors to move training camp to a remote location for the express purpose of team bonding away from the normal comings and goings of their everyday life. Cortland proved to be a great spot for
After lackluster attendance at training camp in recent years, it would seem that the Jets are trying re-energize their fans and provide an easily accessible location closer to home for many Jets fans. And so from a business perspective, this makes a lot of sense. More fans at training camp means more merchandise sold and more corporate sponsors appeased.
With an impressive headquarters facility initially built with plans to host training camp, bringing camp back to the New York metropolitan area seemed likely, especially once Rex Ryan was fired. While there was some uncertainty on the actual location, that is now resloved for the Jets and their fans. Hosting camp in Florham Park makes the most logistical sense, but will remove the camaraderie angle which Rex Ryan sought as the head coach of the team. It would seem that new coach Todd Bowles is less adamant about the location of his first training camp.