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Great Dane Game Days Arrive

UAlbany football ushers in a new era of fan excitement and support with September 12 matchup against University of Rhode Island.

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 9, 2015) — Under the direction of Head Coach Greg Gattuso, the University at Albany Great Danes welcome the community to its home opener against the University of Rhode Island this Saturday, Sept. 12, at Bob Ford Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Prior to every home game, the University will proudly host Great Dane Game Day, a pre-game celebration designed with something for everyone. It will feature entertainment, games, prizes, live music, food, a beer garden, and post-game fireworks. Celtic rock band and recording artists Hair of the Dog will inaugurate the season at the Sept. 12 home opener.

“It’s a new era of football at UAlbany, and we’re building a new game day, tailgating and fan experience to support it,” said UAlbany Director of Athletics Mark Benson. “We’re looking for the excitement of UAlbany football to build throughout the season for students, alumni, families and friends, and Great Dane Game Day will support an overall atmosphere of school spirit, unity and pride.”

The football program moved in 2013 to the Colonial Athletic Association after a 14-year tenure in the Northeast Conference that celebrated six championships, including a share of the title in 2012. The Great Danes had their first winning CAA record at 7-5 in 2014 under first-year coach Gattuso.

The UAlbany Great Danes will host four more home games after the season opener, including:

  • Duquesne: Sept. 26 at 3 p.m.
  • Maine: Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. (Homecoming)
  • Villanova: Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
  • New Hampshire: Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

To date, Great Dane season ticket sales are up more than 50 percent from 2014. For ticket information, call 518-442-DANE or email

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