CORTLAND, N.Y. - If you're a business owner in Cortland, there's obviously reason to be excited over the New York Jets' arrival. But if you're a business owner and a diehard Jets fan the teams arrival is all that more exciting.
Mark Braun owns Doug's Fish Fry in Cortland and he's been a Jets fan for more than 30 years and a season ticket holder for 12 years. He's been getting his restaurant decked out with Jets memorabilia including a helmet that he hopes some of the players will sign when they come to Cortland.
According to Cortland Mayor Tom Gallagher, the Jets could help to bring in between $5 and $8 million to the local economy.
We know businesses are ready for the Jets arrival next week. But we also made a stop to SUNY Cortland where members of both the university and Jets staff are continue to make sure the facility is ready for both the team and the fans.
Crewmembers have been working on improving the grounds which include re-sodding and watering the fields and preparing the dorm and weight rooms.
University officials say a lot goes in to making sure everything is ready for the three-week camp.
"Every area of the college has been involved in planning. Housing, dining, security, public relations, building and grounds. There's really not an area of the college that hasn't been affected by the Jets preparation. So, we're pretty confident right now that we're going to have everything ready for the Jets when they arrive,” said Peter Koryzno with SUNY Cortland.
Again the camp will begin next Friday July 31 with two practice sessions at 8:15 a.m.and 4 p.m.