Cortland Welcomes the New York Jets

By Adam Chick

July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM EDT

Cortland, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The community of Cortland's ready to welcome the Jets back home to its training camp home at SUNY Cortland.

Players will arrive on campus at Thursday.

When the Jets had training camp at SUNY Cortland in 2010, the town saw an influx of about 41,000 visitors to watch practice.

That generated $5.8 million for the areas economy.

"It's huge for all of us. If you could just imagine the restaurants, hotels, gas stations, golf courses, they're going to be full on a daily basis," said Bob Haight.

Cortland expects as many visitors again this year.

Maybe more with Tim Tebow in the team's mix.

Timothy Sandstrom works at the Cortland Farmers Market and remembers the impact of the 2010 camp.

"There was a big increase in sales. We get a lot of accidental customers. They come down main street and last year they had 2 practices a day. And a lot of visitors had some time to kill in between the practices," said Timothy Sandstrom.

SUNY Cortland's provides its facilities to the team but the team also gives back to the campus.

50 student interns have a chance to work with the Jets.

They'll get experience in the fields of athletic training, communications, and marketing.

"We see it as a living laboratory of sorts where we can help our students learn and grow in many other ways, not just in the classroom," said Fred Pierce.

The campus and community will welcome the team with a big parade on Thursday.

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