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Cortaca Week kicks off on Nov. 7

Cortaca Week kicks off on Nov. 7

11/03/2022 

The 63rd annual Cortaca Jug football game between SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College kicks off at noon on Nov. 12 at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

Of course, you probably already knew that.

What you might not realize Is that the game caps a full week of related student events planned for Cortaca Week on campus, Including a pep rally, a carnival and a watch party.

Fans of this annual Division III rivalry competition, known as “The Biggest Little Game In the Nation,” who don’t plan to make the trip to Yankee Stadium can watch the game on YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the United States.

Non-subscribers will be able to view a live stream of the game at ICTV.org, Ithaca College’s student-run television production organization. Fans can also follow the action online via WICB, Ithaca College’s student-run radio station with live stats from the Ithaca College athletics website.

Ithaca is the home team for the contest. Both teams are undefeated this season as they head to the second Cortaca Jug to be played in a professional sports stadium. The 2019 edition of Cortaca Jug, hosted at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, set the all-time Division III attendance record with more than 45,000 fans. Cortaca 2022 will mark the first time Yankee Stadium will host an all-New York State college football game since Syracuse defeated Army, 27-15, on Nov. 7, 1964.

Below is the schedule for Cortaca Jug Week 2022:

Monday, Nov. 7

Cortaca Challenge, all week, wherever you are

  • SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College are competing to see which institution can attract the largest number of donors. The president of the losing campus has to wear a sweatshirt from the winning campus. Help keep President Erik J. Bitterbaum wearing red, and visit the Cortaca Challenge

Cortaca Hat Giveaway, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Corey Union main lobby

  • SUNY Cortland’s Student Government Association will give away 500 free hats to the SUNY Cortland students who follow both SGA and SAA on Instagram. Hats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis and students must be present to win.

Cortaca Pep Rally, 6 to 8 p.m., Corey Union Steps

  • This explosion of Red Dragon spirit will feature performances by campus student groups, raffles, food and more. It is sponsored by the Student Activities Board.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Party Smart before Cortaca, noon to 3 p.m., Student Life Center lobby

  • Learn more about how to celebrate safely with health promotion interns and staff from the office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education. There will be refreshments and giveaways.

CortaCART, 3 to 6 p.m., Student Life Center Multi-activity Court

  • This fun-filled approach to a serious topic lets students experience the effects of high-risk drinking and drug use while navigating an obstacle course.

Make Your Own Jersey, 7 to 9 p.m., Corey Union Function Room

  • Show up and you’ll be able to walk away displaying your Red Dragon pride.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Cortaca Carnival, 6 to 8 p.m., Corey Union Function Room

  • Join your friends for a few hours of inflatables, a photo booth and more Cortaca-inspired fun.

Friday, Nov. 11

Grocery Bingo, 7 to 9 p.m., Corey Union Function Room

  • Play bingo, win prizes, stock your kitchen, what’s not to love?

Saturday, Nov. 12

Cortaca Watch Party, 11:45 a.m., Corey Union Function Room

  • On game day, students are invited to experience the game on giant video screens with free tailgate fare like pizza and wings.

Cortaca Jug Football Game, noon, Yankee Stadium

  • Check out the “Biggest little game in the nation” at the home of baseball’s New York Yankees.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Cortaca Week Community Clean Up, noon to 2 p.m., meeting location TBA

  • Wind down from yesterday’s game and spend a few hours helping to beautify downtown Cortland with friends and members of the community. Stay tuned for details.

Learn more about the game at Cortland.edu/cortaca.


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