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Cortland gearing up for Jets training camp

After a year away because of the lockout, pro football is coming back to Cortland. The New York Jets will be arriving on the SUNY Cortland campus July 26 for training camp.
Cortland (WSYR-TV) - After a year away because of the lockout, pro football is coming back to Cortland. The New York Jets will be arriving on the SUNY Cortland campus July 26 for training camp.

Cortland is looking forward to an even bigger crowd than ever before to see the Jets.

It has been a very nice relationship so far. Cortland benefits socially and economically from the presence of the larger than life Jets organization in town.

The jets have been to the AFC championship game each year they've held training camp in Cortland. Now after a year apart, both are ready to team up again.

Dave Griffith, with Mark's Pizzeria, said, “The Jets already called us to see if we were still here, so that was kind of cool."

Mark's Pizzeria, like many other businesses in Cortland, can't wait to have the Jets back in town. 

New league rules dictate less contact practices, which should mean more time for fans and players to hit the town.

Griffith said, “It’s going to be fun having a bunch of celebrities around town. It'll make the town come back to life I think, like when the college is here. Everybody will be out having a good time, there will be lots going on."

Already featuring plenty of big name players, this year the Jets bring one of the most well known players in the league to Cortland. Even though he's only a back up quarterback, Tim Tebow mania is bound to sweep up Cortland.

Jim Dempsey, with the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, “We have seen a notable increase in the number of calls asking about Tim Tebow from Christian groups who are obviously going to make this a part of their summer plans to come up, whether it's a church group, or individuals to see camp and possibly have a chance to talk with Tim Tebow."

The signs are literally starting to pop up around downtown Cortland as the community prepares for what it anticipates to be an even bigger impact from the Jets than previous seasons.

The first practice open to the public will be Saturday, July 28, which is when the first wave of the tens of thousands of fans is expected to arrive. Click here to see the full Jets training camp schedule.

In 2010, the last year the Jets held camp at SUNY Cortland, more than 41,000 people visited the campus during the team's three-week stay, boosting the regional economy by an estimated $5.8 million dollars.


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