Athletics and Recreation
UAlbany's intercollegiate athletics program excels at the NCAA Division I level, producing competitive teams, successful coaches, and outstanding student-athletes recognized for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom. The University sponsors 19 varsity sports for men and women. Club sports, an intramural program, and recreational opportunities are also offered.
As a member of the America East Conference, 17 of the school's 19 varsity teams are eligible for conference championships and NCAA post-season competition. Women’s golf is an associate member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and football, a Division I FCS program, enters its first year as an associate member of the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013 after competing in the Northeast Conference for the past 14 seasons.
UAlbany has won 66 conference championships and produced 27 NCAA Tournament teams since moving to Division I. Celebrating the school’s most successful year in Division I history in 2012-2013, UAlbany won a record nine conference championships, while making four NCAA Tournament appearances. The Great Danes also won the America East Commissioner’s Cup for the second time in school history, as field hockey, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s indoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field, and men’s lacrosse captured conference titles. Football also won its sixth NEC championship and had two players sign NFL Free Agent contracts.
For information on intercollegiate, club sports, and intramurals, contact UAlbany Athletics at (518) 442-DANE (3263), the Intramural Office at 442-5640 or the website at http://www.ualbanysports.com/. Follow the Great Danes on Twitter, www.twitter.com/ualbanysports and Facebook, www.facebook.com/ualbanysports.
UAlbany’s indoor and outdoor athletic facilities are among the most comprehensive in the Northeast. In 2012-2013, the University constructed a synthetic turf field designed for year-round recreational, intramural and club sport activities; a state-of-the-art 8,500 seat multi-sport complex for football and soccer; and a brand new track and field venue. In recent years, UAlbany also built two all-weather athletic fields. John Fallon Field is home to the men's and women's lacrosse teams, and an adjacent surface known as Alumni Turf Field is home to field hockey, in addition to serving as a multi-use recreational field for UAlbany students.
The Great Danes’ indoor facilities are also top-notch. SEFCU Arena, the Physical Education Building, and an air-supported bubble are utilized for sporting and cultural activities. In addition, there are lighted tennis courts, racquetball/squash/handball courts, a swimming pool, a dance studio, and a fitness and weight training center. The Department of Athletics & Recreation is located in both the SEFCU Arena and the Physical Education Building, (518-442-DANE).