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The transformation begins at UAlbany

Campus readies itself for the return of the New York Giants

New York Giants training camp director of operations Kevin Galuski meets with his interns last Thursday at the University at Albany.

New York Giants training camp director of operations Kevin Galuski meets with his interns last Thursday at the University at Albany. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— “A lot of the logistics … have changed,” said Galuski. “It will take a couple of days for people to get used to the changes.”

One more important change fans will have to get used to is a different practice schedule. Two-a-day sessions were eliminated in the new NFL collective bargaining agreement, which means spectators only get one chance per day to see teams practice. So instead of a morning session and a late afternoon session each day, there will only be a 1 p.m. practice each day during the three weeks the Giants are in town.

Still, Michael Galuski said he expects the crowds to be large. “You’re going to have a lot more fans out here, especially because of the year off last year and because they are the defending Super Bowl champions,” he said.

That’s still a week away. Between now and then, there are boxes to move and equipment to install to make certain everything is ready for the Giants when they arrive. Then, the interns will settle into their practice day roles. Some will work security, some will be on the sidelines providing water for the players and coaches and some will be working at the merchandise booth and children’s play area.

All the while, the interns know they are doing something that few people their age get to do – work for an NFL team.

“I feel lucky and honored to be picked to do this camp,” said Plungas.

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