Jets Drought is Over, First Public Practice is Saturday
Now that the New York Jets are here, fans are anxiously awaiting the team’s first public practice Saturday morning.
Yesterday Cortland rolled out all the stops and put on their games faces to welcome gang green back to town after a one-year Jets drought.
Over a thousand people cheered team coach Rex Ryan as he took to a make shift stage on Main Street to greet the fans and say thank-you to the community for hosting the three week training camp.
While the crowds were excited for the team arrival local leaders who have been planning for the Jets return for months now were equally as excited.
Cortland Regional Sports Council Director Machell Phelps says the Jets bring energy to Cortland that is hard to match
County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jim Dempsey says there’s energy and there’s the economic impact as well.
SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum who is an admitted die-hard Jets fan was all smiles as the team busses rolled up Main Street. Bitterbaum says SUNY Cortland is proud to host the team and has been busy preparing for yesterdays arrival.
Last time the Jest were here over 41 thousand visitors came to Cortland and spent nearly 6 million in the area.
Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin says the exposure is great for the community.
The first public practice is Saturday morning 8 A.M, the Jets merchandise tent and Jets Themed Kids Park open at 7A.M.