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FLORHAM PARK, NJ-The New York Jets have officially opened their new training facility here, ending 30 years of training on the campus of Hofstra University on Long Island. Totaling 218,000 sf on two floors, encompassing five practice football fields and built at a cost of $75 million, the complex is nearly double the size of the former facility.

The complex, dubbed the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center after its naming rights were sold, is part of the Jets’ and New York Giants’ deal with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority for a new stadium to house the two teams within the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The $1.3-billion venue replacing the existing Giants Stadium will be co-owned by the two teams on land leased from the NJSEA, and is slated for completion in time for the 2010 season.

In that deal, the NJSEA, a state agency, agreed to build a new training complex for the Giants within the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford. For the Jets, that deal called for the state to find and buy an off-site training location, with the team taking ownership of the complex itself.

“This facility is going to be the envy not only of every other football team, but of every professional sports team,” says Joseph Trunfio, CEO of the Morristown-based Atlantic Health, in a statement. His company operates Morristown Memorial and Overlook hospitals, among other properties. The training complex covers 27 acres within the 420-acre former Exxon-Mobil research campus here. The multi-building complex was closed and razed after the two oil giants merged several years ago, and their respective engineering groups were consolidated in Fairfax, VA.

The two-story geometric glass and metal facility, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, overlooks the practice fields includes locker and weight rooms, classrooms and two cafeterias. Also part of its layout is a 161-seat auditorium, and the building has a total of more than 100 flat-screen TVs.

The complex is also an anchor of the larger redevelopment of the site being joint ventured by Gale Real Estate Services and Rockefeller Group Development Group. That project that will include offices, a residential complex, age-restricted housing and a sports rehab center. Also part of the plan is a 250-room Marriott Hotel, slated to open in 2009. Long-term plans call for build-out by 2019.

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