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Old 07-29-2003, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Albany Football Question

It's very quiet around here so I'm going to ask the Albany folks an off topic question.

I was just reading some 1-AA football stuff which resulted in looking at the Danes football schedule. I noticed the very logical Homecoming Game vs. Stony Brook, but was surprised that Siena wasn't on the schedule. I saw that they also played non-scholarship 1-AA football and figured they would be a natural opponent for Rivalry Weekend at the end of the season. From all the love I've felt from the Great Danes for their crosstown rivals while reading the AE Forum, I figured that this game would be a yearly event attracting a significant crowd.

Do the schools normally play? Is this just an off year? BTW, what is the largest venue for football in the Capitol Region? Shoot, I bet you could switch to Arena Football and draw a huge crowd to the Pepsi Center!!
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Old 07-29-2003, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Albany club football team defeated Siena club 3 times from 1970-72, then the first year of D-III Varsity Football beat Siena 71-8 in 1973. Siena's club played the UA JV until the Indians went to D-III in about 1986. They haven't played since.

There was talk that we'd play this year, but that Siena backed out.

Football is not taken seriously and is barely hanging on at Siena, playing at a soon-to-be demolished baseball park or a high school field. They rarely draw 1,000.

UAlbany, at "10,000" capacity (including hillsides but only 3,600 seats) may be the largest outdoor sports venue in the Capital Region except for the Saratoga Race Track and Lebanon Valley Speedway. It's possible one or two high school fields may have more seats. The only football field with over 5,000 seats within 100 miles of Albany (other closest are Colgate, Army, and UMass) is Williams College. That's why we're waiting on a facilities master plan later this summer rumored to include a 12-15,000 seat football stadium.
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Thanks UA72! Great year, 1972 -- my class as well!!!!!

Sounds like any Siena-Albany football game would have to be at your place. Wonder if that is why they won't play you? Too bad you can't extend the rivalry on the gridiron especially since all the hoop games are on their home court, right?

At least back in UNH's Yankee Conference days, we got to avenge some horrendous hoop stompings by UConn, URI and UMass on the football field! UNH is well over .500 in football against URI, a little over .500 against UConn, and I can't recall what the record is against UMass. Surely in UMass favor overall, but UNH has fared well lately and it hasn't been as one sided since the mid 70's.

That would be great to get a 12-15K stadium! That sure can't be for NEC football!! UNH has a long rumored study about stadium improvements that hopefully has plans for at least 12-15K seats. Frankly, we might need 15-20K to compete with Delaware, William & Mary, Richmond, Villanova and James Madison. Without the endowments many of those schools have, we have a lot of revenue that needs to be generated. Again like with the hoop facilities, I like to think big! I've been in Cowell Stadium when 16K+ were on hand for a season ending game vs. UMass with a D-II playoff berth at stake back in 75 or 76 (before 1-AA was created). It can be done!
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Home, neutral or away, we figure Siena's just scared. We've been pounding them in lacrosse, but football is high-profile enough they might think 40-point losses would damage the perception of their overall program in the area.

Although Albany and Stony Brook are committed to the Northeast Conference thru 2006, it seems like both are trying to upgrade. SBU got a new, $22 mill, 8,800 seat stadium last year. Intra-university rivalry dictates Albany should at least match that, though the state fiscal condition is less favorable than four years ago.

Wish I knew how Maine upgraded their stadium for only $6 mill six years ago.

Don't know how we could upgrade without having a better conference to get into, unless there's a secret plan for the whole NEC to advance - right now they allow up to 30 need-based scholarships, including footballers with scholies in other sports. Robert Morris has also recently announced a new stadium plan.
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I can't remember where I saw it but the only spot open for an Albany-$iena football game would have been a season opening game. Someone at $iena, I can't remember who, said it would have been demoralizing for the $iena team to play the opening game against Albany.
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I don't know anything about secret plans, but my bet is that Albany and Stony Brook will be playing in a scholarship football league along with Maine, UNH, Northeastern, URI and possibly UMass by the fall of 2007.
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I'll take that bet

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What's your bet?

I'll take it. NU won't be in any league of that sorts.....

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What league will Northeastern be in?.....Wait, let me guess....the CAA. Good for you guys .
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