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Jets Camp Not Just for Football Fans

Posted by  //  July 27, 2014  //  News, Sports & Recreation

There will be a lot more than professional football going on when the New York Jets begin summer training camp on SUNY Cortland’s campus next week. The team is looking to make several fan-friendly additions to its three-week practice schedule in 2014, including special theme days and a new-look Green and White Practice.

The team’s Green and White Practice — the evening event that has become an annual attraction for Central New York families — is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, with gates opening at 5 p.m.

At the most popular practice of training camp, the team will attempt to replicate the atmosphere of a regular season game at MetLife Stadium. Possible additions could include an in-game DJ, t-shirt toss and contests for fans, as well as performances by the New York Jets Aviators drum line and the Flight Crew cheerleaders. The team is also seeking a permit for a post-practice fireworks show.

The team also plans to host a “Taste of Cortland” event on Friday, Aug. 1, with a handful of local eateries offering free food samples; Mascot Day on Monday, Aug. 11, featuring several mascots from throughout Central New York; and a military appreciation day on a date to be determined.

Fans can expect to see more at training camp this year, including a visit from a NASCAR driver’s car courtesy of Watkins Glen International on Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27, as well as a multi-player video game trailer several days over the three weeks. This, of course, is in addition to Jets Fest, the interactive theme park featuring skill challenges and inflatable children’s rides that has entertained fans for the past four SUNY Cortland training camps.

Check the SUNY Cortland website’s Jets Training Camp page for scheduling updates and event details: Cortland.edu/Jets

Practice is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon for every public practice, with the exception of the Green and White Practice. The Jets Shop merchandise tent, Jets Fest and training camp gates are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for most practices and from 5 to 9:30 p.m. for the Green and White Practice.

Admission remains free, with tickets printed from the Jets website required. Fans can register and print tickets by visiting newyorkjets.com/camp

Fans should call the team’s fan line at 973-549-4844 or visit the team’s Training Camp page for the most up-to-date news regarding practice schedules. Updates also are available on Twitter and Facebook.

The 2014 camp will be the fifth Cortland camp under six-year head coach Rex Ryan. Last summer, 21,000 training camp visitors from 34 states and five countries spent more than $1.6 million locally, creating an economic impact of nearly $3.7 million, according to a study by SUNY Cortland faculty members. Together, the four New York Jets training camps hosted at SUNY Cortland since 2009 have generated $19.24 million in economic impact for Cortland County.

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