Cortaca Rocks MetLife

By Dan Verderosa, November 16, 2019
Division III football attendance record broken by historic Ithaca-Cortland matchup.

MetLife Stadium vibrated with the energy of over 45,000 fans on Saturday, November 16, as the Ithaca College Bombers defeated the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons 32-20 in the 2019 Cortaca Jug game. The 61st contest for the Jug was truly more than just a game.

A record-breaking 45,161 fans attended the game, which was hosted by the New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

“There’s such an electric atmosphere, where everyone’s so excited to be here and support their school and you really feel the Bomber pride like nowhere else,” said first-year student Ava Giaquinto.

Tens of thousands of IC supporters arrived at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford by bus, car, train and plane. They spent a sunny but chilly New Jersey morning tailgating with friends and family and having fun at the IC Fan Fest outside the stadium before cheering on the Bombers to victory.

Grace Collins ’23, Hannah Fitzpatrick ’21, Kerry Regan and Charles McKenzie contributed to this story. Photos by Marisa Thomas ’23, Kerry Regan, Charles McKenzie, Natalie Jenereski and Robin Roger.