Cortland 'Green' With Jets Envy

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 30, 2009 at 10:47 PM EDT

The march to the Super Bowl could start in Cortland for the New York Jets.

Players began arriving Thursday, and training camp officially kicks off Friday.

As Action News reporter Erik Burling tells us, Jets 'green and white' is stirring excitement throughout the community.

Work crews are counting down the hours, making sure the turf at SUNY Cortland is tough enough to withstand the New York Jets.

"This is a great opportunity for folks in central New York to see an NFL team in their backyard," said Peter Koryzno of SUNY Cortland.

SUNY Cortland is expecting at least 1,000 to 2,000 fans every day.

Parking signs are posted throughout the city, leading people to the proper parking lots.

"During the school year we have 7,000 students. So were used to handling large number of people across campus," said Koryzno.

Right outside campus, Doug's Fish Fry wants to become the unofficial restaurant of the New York Jets.

The staff's sporting Jets jerseys, and memorabilia decorates the walls.

"I've had these about 12 years," said Mark Braun, owner of Doug's Fish Fry.

Owner Mark Braun is a Jets season ticket holder who's been a fan for more than 30 years.

"Everyday is an exciting day. We don't know who's going to stop in. We're just excited and we're excited to meet and greet the Jets' fans," said Braun.

"Doug's Fish Fry even placed this New York Jets decal on the wall. Doug's is hoping to collect signatures from players, coaches and personnel who eat here," said Action News reporter Erik Burling.

The Hampton Inn in Cortland is expecting to house a number of Jets fans.

"We're expecting mostly day travel. People coming up into the area from the surrounding areas, Syracuse, Binghamton and then deciding from then if they're going to stay overnight," said Alicia Gulini of the Hampton Inn.

To cheer on the New York Jets.

Practice begins for the Jets tomorrow morning at 8:15.

There's an afternoon practice at 4.

The team will practice most every morning and afternoon through August 20Th.

They're free and open to the public...only through August 10Th.

You'll hear from some of the players in a few minutes, during Action Sports.

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