Cortaca 2019 to be Played Under the Big Lights of MetLife Stadium

IC has more than 17,000 alumni in the greater New York City area, and now they’ll have a chance to watch the Cortaca Jug in person with thousands of fellow Bombers. The grudge match between Ithaca and Cortland will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Saturday, November 16.

“The move to MetLife is a game changer,” said Sam Gelman ’13, president of the Metro New York Regional Chapter of the Ithaca College Alumni Association. “The amount of feedback from alumni in the metro New York area has been phenomenal and overwhelmingly positive. I know I am very excited for this game, as are my fellow Ithaca alumni.”

In conjunction with the National Football Foundation’s yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of college football, the Bombers and Red Dragons will square off in one of the NFL’s largest stadiums. The two schools hope to break Division III’s all-time, single-game attendance record of 37,355, set in 2017. As of press time, 25,000 tickets had been sold. That total is nearly double the previous Cortaca Jug record of 12,620, set in 2001 at Butterfield Stadium. Tickets for alumni and the general public are on sale now at Tickets for current students, faculty, and staff will go on sale on campus in the fall. “In addition to breaking the attendance record, it looks like this game will prove to be the largest gathering of IC alumni in one place, ever, which up to now is probably about 4,000 at the 125th IC anniversary celebration here on campus last year,” said IC’s athletic director, Susan Bassett ’79. 

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