The Division III football rivalry between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland will reach new heights in 2019, when the annual Cortaca Jug game moves to MetLife Stadium — home to the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets. Once referred to by Sports Illustrated as “the biggest little game in the nation,” the contest will take place at the invitation of the New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF).
Next year will mark the 61st time that the two schools — located just 21 miles apart from each other in Upstate New York — have squared off for the Cortaca Jug. Ithaca College is serving as host for the 2019 game, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, with a 1 p.m. kickoff time.
Ticket sales will begin on Dec. 1. Tickets for the general public are $15, $25 and $35 and will be sold through Ticketmaster at www.cortacajug.com. Tickets for students, staff and faculty of Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland will be priced at $15 and will be sold by the respective schools. The Ithaca College tickets will be available beginning early next fall.
“As college football celebrates 150 years throughout next season, we are honored to work with the National Football Foundation in supporting this effort by having this incredible rivalry be a featured game,” said Susan Bassett ’79, associate vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports at Ithaca College. “We intend to make this a college-wide celebration and demonstration of excellence, as we engage both the current campus community and our alumni — some 17,000 of whom live in the Greater New York City area. It is our collective goal to break the current record of 37,355 fans in attendance at a Division III football game.”