Giants cancel plans to go away for training camp

The NFL’s lockout has claimed a victim.

Businesses in Albany, N.Y., that benefit from the annual arrival of the New York Giants for training camp will feel a pinch this summer. The Giants announced that they will stay at home for training camp this summer, becoming the third team to make such an announcement.

The Giants will instead train at the Timex Performance Center, located in the complex with the New Meadowlands Stadium. Since 1996, the Giants have held training camp at the University at Albany.

“In light of current circumstances, it simply became impractical for us to hold camp away from home,” Giants owner John Mara said. “The University at Albany and the Capital Region has been a great summer home for us for 15 years, and we have every intention of returning there in 2012.”

The New York Jets already announced that they would remain at their year-round facility instead of going to SUNY-Cortland for camp. The Baltimore Ravens have also abandoned plans to go away for training camp.

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