The 61st Cortaca Jug football game between Ithaca College and Cortland State University will be played on its biggest stage yet this fall — MetLife Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets. To shine a light on this historic matchup, we will run a multi-part series in this space leading up to game day on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. We’ll cover all things Cortaca — interviews with Cortaca Jug legends, plans for alumni gatherings around the nation, ways the game is being incorporated in academic programs and other topics. This is the final installment in the series. Previous stories can be found here.
For many Ithaca College students, Cortaca isn’t just a football game. It’s a campus-wide social event that brings together students across schools, majors, and years.
So it should be no surprise that these students still feel a strong affinity for Cortaca even after they leave South Hill and transition to alumni. As a result, official Cortaca viewing parties have sprung up across the country, so IC grads can still pull for the Bombers against their rivals from Cortland while rekindling old relationships—and in some cases, sparking new ones.
Evan St. George ’08 came to the 2013 viewing party in Boston ready to watch the Bombers try to break a three-year Cortaca losing streak. A lifelong sports fan whose father, Mark Boronski ’73, played under legendary Ithaca Head Coach Jim Butterfield and was a teammate of his successor, Mike Welch ‘73, St. George had helped organize the Boston party for years.