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A few notes on the camp experience

UberAlias : 7/28/2013 7:42 am
As a reminder, today is autograph day, so bring the kids and bring something to be signed.

Okay, so as far as things go, it isn't Albany. It never will be. You are not on a charming college campus, you are at a facility surrounded by parking lot. That said, they have improved over accommodations from 2011.

The bleachers are now covered so you are comfortably shaded. The bleachers themselves may be higher, I honestly can't recall. When they are on the near field the views can be excellent from the bleachers. You are close enough to yell to the players at times and occasionally get a response. Yesterday unfortunately the did the team action on a far field so it was hard to see, but judging from 2011 I am assuming this won't be often.

They had security who run you through metal detectors when you enter. They did let the guy in the Eagles jersey come in yesterday though, so I am assuming all of this is only for show.

In the back they have a vendor area where you can buy your Giants' gear and have added a kids area where it looked like they had blow up bounce house like activities. I think they had them lining up to run and make diving catches onto the inflatables. It appeared supervised and I wasn't sure if they watch your kids for you or if you need to stay. I sort of think the prior, but am not sure.

Food-wise, they have a food truck where you can get a hotdog or sausage sandwich which seemed expensive, but adequate, and guys coming around selling drinks and snacks. You have to check on the tailgate situation in the lots prior. Judging from the grounds I would guess you can, but on this I am not sure and would suggest you call if you are looking to.
I just reposted this  
UberAlias : 7/28/2013 7:43 am : link
I left out some comments on the views so I reposed.
Do you have to buy a ticket?  
sexymoves : 7/28/2013 7:45 am : link
Is it packed, I am thing about going today.
According to the Giants Training Camp FAQ  
Jon from PA : 7/28/2013 7:50 am : link
tailgating is not allowed but you can bring coolers etc...
sexymoves  
Jon from PA : 7/28/2013 7:52 am : link
keep an eye on the weather. There is a chance of t-storms today and according to giants.com
Quote:
In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public.
No tickets needed and parking is also free  
UberAlias : 7/28/2013 7:52 am : link
I would suggest trying to get there 45 minutes early if you can. Yesterday I came a half hour early and was able to find a spot middle of the bleachers -it was only me and my 6-year old. But as things went on, people left and we were able to move up, and by the time people were leaving to line up for autographs we were able to find spots at the top. That's the part of practice where the best action is, so it works out, but the trade off is you need to chose between good views at the peak of the practice or a good spot for autographs.
regarding tickets  
asbasb : 7/28/2013 8:34 am : link
There is an agreement between the teams (I can't recall if on or off the books) that when a team makes its training camp free for fans the other teams wont send their scouts to observe. A couple of years ago, Dan Snyder decided to charge admission to the redskins training camp. Well the stands were filled with the other teams scouts
Metal detectors at a football training camp.  
RDJR : 7/28/2013 8:38 am : link
Wow.
RDJR  
UberAlias : 7/28/2013 8:53 am : link
They had the hand scanners. I walked in with my son and they were talking and just let me walk in.
Can I bring my backpack in?  
J Dot : 7/28/2013 9:25 am : link
To hold a sandwich, water bottle, football for autographs, etc...)
J Dot  
UberAlias : 7/28/2013 9:26 am : link
Yes. I had a bag with gatorade.
Uber  
J Dot : 7/28/2013 9:44 am : link
Thanks. And appreciate the info from the original post as well.
Somebody really showed up with an eagles jersey on?  
95cobraguy : 7/28/2013 10:09 am : link
...
Was it  
Doomster : 7/28/2013 10:59 am : link
Steve Smith?
Been considering attending a Jets camp, mainly to note  
Beez : 7/28/2013 11:06 am : link
the differences in Giants camp (plus it's 40 minutes from the house). Would absolutely wear Giants gear.

Maybe the Eagles fan wanted to see how a professional camp is conducted?
As someone who has attended camp in Albany  
jc in c-ville : 7/28/2013 11:14 am : link
* Charming college campus* does not come to mind. :)

But I think I understand what you are trying to say...
Beez  
gidiefor : 7/28/2013 11:14 am : link
Cancelled the trip today because of the rain - I am bummed
...  
Jon from PA : 7/28/2013 11:25 am : link
[/quote]If you are planning to attend practice today & it's raining, call (201) 935-9385 to check on practice status.[/quote]
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