Economic impact of Jets training camp
The Jets are getting ready to head out of Cortland after one final closed practice today. The team has been holding its training camp at SUNY Cortland since July 27th. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The Jets will hold a closed practice today and then it'll be back to Met Life Stadium, where they will take on the Giants on Saturday night in a preseason game.
Today will end the Jets’ stay in Cortland in 2012, but their presence here has done a lot for the area and given fans the chance to see their favorite players in action.
The Jets’ stay in the Crown City has also had a great impact on the local economy. As people came from outside the area to check out the team, hotels, restaurants, and stores all benefitted. The owner of one restaurant says his business picked up by about 20 percent since the Jets arrived.
Still, the Jets only practiced once each day here in Cortland, compared to mostly twice a day in 2010.
"People have come in. The players also. I just feel it would've been great if there was a second practice available. Because I think a lot more people would've stayed in town and come down Main Street and just check our stores out and everything. But overall it’s been a great experience," said Evan Souzas, The Community Restaurant owner.
The National Football League eliminated two-a-day practices for teams at training camp last year, and that's why the Jets could only practice once each day.
Economic officials are conducting surveys with businesses to be able to estimate the overall economic impact. In 2010, the three week camp helped attract more than 41,000 people to SUNY Cortland which had an economic impact of $5.8 million.