As members of the media prepared for the annual Cortaca press conference last week in Cortland, the combined athletic staffs of SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College informed the media members of a relocation of the press conference to the Ithaca campus. The reasoning for the relocation was simply stated as, to accompany breaking news regarding the Cortaca rivalry.
Last Wednesday, during the press conference for the 60th Cortaca Jug game, Ithaca College’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Susan Bassett, announced that the 61st Cortaca Jug game would be played in MetLife Stadium, home to the National Football League’s New York Jets and New York Giants, in 2019.
In the immediate moment following the announcement, the presumed reaction to the news by underclassmen for both sides of the rivalry could be summed up with the look of excitement and eagerness on the face of Red Dragons Captain Russell Howard, the lone underclassman representative for both teams.
The decision to change the location of the 2019 game came following long deliberations between the two schools and the New York City chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF). The NFF, which promotes scholarship and citizenship through amateur football, is represented by four alumni of Ithaca College within the New York City Chapter.
After announcing the news, Bassett shared the podium with Cortland Athletic Director Mike Urtz in a combined effort to promote the relocation.
Urtz spoke to the media and to the audience that tuned in to watch the live stream that the relocation allows for the two schools to reach out to alumni living in the Tri-State area and bring the game to them, for a change. Turning to the crucial details about the Nov. 16 game in 2019, Bassett announced that tickets for the 61st battle for the jug will go on sale Dec. 1, varying in cost from $15 to $35.
While both staffs admit there are plenty of logistical issues to resolve before next year’s game, both schools are excited about the opportunity of displaying the “Biggest Little Game in the Nation” on one of the biggest stages in the nation.
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