While the stadium is best known as the home of baseball’s Bronx Bombers, it has also seen its share of memorable football games and currently hosts the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
According to Mark Holtzman, vice president of non-baseball sports events for the Yankees, it was observing the success of the 2019 Cortaca Jug that inspired the organization to extend the invitation to the two schools.
“We are looking forward to rolling out the pinstriped carpet and welcoming Ithaca and Cortland to the Yankee Stadium lineup,” said Holtzman. “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.”
Alumni Weekend in NYC
And while the Cortaca Jug will be a centerpiece of Ithaca College’s Alumni Homecoming Weekend, it will by no means be the only game in town, with the annual Alumni Awards Celebration, Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and dinners and receptions for celebrated class years among the events being planned.
“We are pleased to announce that the Marriott Marquis, in the heart of Times Square, will serve as the exclusive host hotel for the weekend, with special rates for our alumni,” said Wendy Kobler, Ithaca College’s vice president for philanthropy and engagement. “We anticipate attracting our substantial alumni population in the metro area, bringing IC grads from near and far together and connecting them with current students for a full slate of activities in the city that never sleeps. Stay tuned for more details over the coming months.”
The 2022 contest will serve as a home game for Ithaca College and mark the 63rd time that the two schools — located just 21 miles apart from each other in Upstate New York — have squared off for the Cortaca Jug.
The rivalry originated in 1959, when friends and respective team captains Tom Decker of Cortland and Dick Carmean of Ithaca picked up a jug at a yard sale to serve as the prize for the winner of the annual game between the schools. Each year’s result is painted on the Jug — the original one ran out of room for scores in the mid-1980s, and the teams are now on their third Jug. Ithaca currently leads the Cortaca Jug series 37–24.
For more information and regular updates on the 2022 Cortaca Jug and Ithaca College Alumni Homecoming Weekend, visit www.alumni.ithaca.edu/Cortaca22.