CORTLAND — SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College announced Tuesday that the 2022 Cortaca Jug football game will take place Nov. 12, 2022, at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, building on the record-setting success of the 2019 Cortaca Jug at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The 2019 game was the most-attended NCAA Division III football game in history, drawing 45,161 fans. Ithaca won, 32-20, and now leads the all-time series, 37-24.
The success of the game at MetLife inspired the New York Yankees organization to invite the rival schools.
“We are looking forward to rolling out the pinstriped carpet and welcoming Ithaca and Cortland to the Yankee Stadium lineup,” said Mark Holtzman, Yankees vice president of non-baseball sports events. “We believe we have the opportunity to have a sellout crowd and we are intent on creating a memorable experience for the teams and for their fans.”
Yankee Stadium has hosted its share of non-baseball events, including New York City FC home soccer games, a pair of NHL games in 2014, several regular season college football games and the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
The stadium capacity for football is 54,281 people; the largest football game attendance at Yankee Stadium was that sellout crowd on Nov. 20, 2010, when Notre Dame beat Army, 27-3.
The largest non-FBS football crowd at Yankee Stadium came on Nov. 22, 2014, when 48,256 fans watched Lafayette defeat Lehigh, 27-7. Yankee Stadium has not hosted a Division II or Division III game.
“Anyone who has ever attended a Cortaca Jug game can tell you that there is nothing else like it in Division III athletics,” Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. “It has been a proud tradition for more than six decades and is ingrained in our institutional DNA. We are thrilled by this opportunity to again take this cherished event to a national stage.”
“To be a small part of the history and tradition of iconic college football rivalries held at Yankee Stadium is both humbling and exhilarating,” Red Dragons head coach Curt Fitzpatrick said.
“This is an awesome opportunity for Red Dragon football to once again play on a national stage in an iconic venue. Thank you to the New York Yankees organization for the invitation.”
The 2022 contest will serve as a home game for Ithaca after Cortland hosts this year’s Cortaca Jug on
Nov. 13. The 2020 game was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The colleges will each be issued 5,000 tickets in the fall of 2022 for sale to students, faculty and staff at a price of $24.50.
Tickets will go on sale for the general public on Nov. 16, with most seats priced from $24.50 to $69.50. Those tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster at CortacaJug.com. All tickets will be delivered digitally and mobile presentation will be the sole method of entry.