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NFL Facility Notes: Univ. At Albany Eyes Changes In Order To Keep Giants' Camp

In N.Y., Paul Schwartz notes the Univ. at Albany "badly wants the Giants to return in 2013 for a 17th summer holding training camp at the school." The school is "willing to reconfigure its on-campus athletic bubble in order to solve the only issue the Giants have with the facilities." UA President George Philip said, "We don't have the resources to build a facility, but if we can have something with adaptive reuse, that would be good." Currently, there is "no indoor field for the Giants to use in inclement weather and missing even a single practice is unacceptable to coach Tom Coughlin, given the pared-down camp schedule in accordance with the new collective bargaining agreement" (N.Y. POST, 8/14).

COMING UP ROSES: In L.A., Adolfo Flores cited a report released by the city of Pasadena stating that the city would "see a significant and unavoidable increase in noise, traffic and air pollution if an NFL team were to play at the Rose Bowl, but the biggest effects would be temporary and manageable." The draft environmental report by Calif.-based Impact Sciences Inc. "examined the effect of having 13 NFL games at the stadium for up to five years, beginning as early as" the '13 season. Pasadena Planning Department Dir Vince Bertoni said, "It's just informational. It's up to the City Council to decide whether to allow more events at the Rose Bowl. It's not there to make a recommendation whether it's a good or bad idea." Pasadena city law "allows the Rose Bowl to host no more than 12 events a year that garner attendance of 20,000 people or more." City Council would "have to amend the ordinance, allowing 25 events, for a pro football team to call the stadium home" (L.A. TIMES, 8/12).

EVERYTHING'S BIGGER IN TEXAS: UFC co-Chair & CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said that while "a promotion is still in talks" with Cowboys Stadium, an official date "likely won't surface by early 2013." Fertitta said, "I don't think we'd do anything in January but we've been in contact with them. Dallas Cowboys Stadium is something we definitely want to do and we're focused on, but it's tricky. It's so busy, it's hard to get a date that works for us." He added, "If we're doing Dallas Cowboys Stadium it would probably either be a catchweight superfight or something else that's huge" (ESPN.com, 8/13).
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