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Businesses look forward to Giants’ return

Owners unsure how schedule change might affect bottom line

The upcoming New York Giants training camp is good news for local business.

The upcoming New York Giants training camp is good news for local business. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— The Giants’ three-year contract to practice at UAlbany is set to expire this year.

The school is now in the middle of a $24 million project to update the school’s outdoor athletic facilities, which will include a new football facility to accommodate NCAA Division I competitions. It is slated for completion in the fall of 2013 and will be built on an area near an existing football field to the southeast of the SEFCU Arena. It will include 4,000 permanent seats, 2,000 berm (hillside) seats and nearly 2,000 temporary bleacher-style seats.

School officials like Head Football Coach Bob Ford have said they hope the updated facility will keep the Giants coming back to the school. Although most of the college’s equipment is Division I quality because of the training camp, the existing field is Division III quality.

“I hope they try to extend their contract,” said Arduini. “I have a gut feeling they will come back. The school is making every effort to keep them here.”

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