With almost two months still left before gameday, the Cortaca rivalry game between Ithaca College and SUNY-Cortland has broken the single game ticket sales record for a Division III football game.
The record was announced in a press release from Ithaca College. Over 39,000 tickets have been sold so far, surpassing the previous record of 37,355 in 2017 in Minneapolis. The Cortaca game is being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, part of a promotional event centered on the game organized by the New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Both schools have exhausted their own ticket allotments. Breaking the record was one of the stated goals during the lead-up to the game. This is the 90th game between the two teams.
“The enthusiasm displayed for this game by both the students and alumni of Ithaca and Cortland has been phenomenal,” said Marc Hudak, a 1990 graduate of Ithaca College and the president of the foundation. "I am confident that interest in the game will remain high, especially with both the IC Bombers and Cortland Red Dragons currently sitting undefeated at 3-0 on the year.”
The long-time rivalry's move was announced last year as the game's annual date approached, the result of a combined effort between the schools and the foundation to elevate the game that awards its winner the storied Cortaca Jug.
“This proves once and for all that the Cortaca Jug truly is the biggest little game in the nation,” said SUNY Cortland Athletic Director Mike Urtz. “The numbers speak for themselves. The incredible fan support for this game is unlike anything else in Division III athletics.”