Next year, for the first time, possession of the Cortaca Jug will be decided off campus in an NFL stadium.
The Division III football rivalry between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland will be played at MetLife Stadium — home of the New York Giants and Jets. The 2019 game will take place at the invitation of the New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Next year will mark the 61st time that the two schools — located just 21 miles apart — will battle for the Cortaca Jug. The game will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, with a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Ticket sales start Dec. 1. Tickets for the general public are $15, $25 and $35 and will be sold through Ticketmaster at www.cortacajug.com.
“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, associate vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports at Ithaca College, in a press release. “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.”
MetLife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just eight miles outside of New York City.
While Ithaca and Cortland started playing each other in 1930, the Cortaca Jug rivalry began in 1959. 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. Each year’s result is painted on the jug — the original one ran out of room for scores in the mid-1980s, the teams are now on their third jug.
The games alternate each year between the schools with the 2018 edition to take place on Saturday in Cortland. Ithaca leads the overall series 40–33–3 and the Cortaca Jug series 35–24. The Bombers won the 2017 game 48-20, while the Red Dragons had previously won seven straight games in the series.