Ready for Game Day 

First Home Football Game on Saturday Comes with Some Updates 

A couple of fans prepare for a pre-game tailgate picnic in the parking lot before a game last fall. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 11, 2018) — The Great Danes’ first home football game Saturday against Morgan State will mark the return of Great Dane Game Day, the free pre-game party outside the Tom & Mary Casey Stadium, the debut of “The Field Club” and several updates to campus tailgating rules.

Great Dane Game Day, which features music, concessions, games and activities, opens two hours prior to kickoff.

New this season, UAlbany Athletics is debuting “The Field Club,” a 21-and-older area located at the south end of Casey Stadium that will allow fans to enjoy the game from a unique vantage point near the scoreboard. More information about the club is available here.

“Whether you’re a fan, alum, student or part of our faculty, Casey Stadium is the perfect place to enjoy a terrific college football atmosphere,” Athletic Director Mark Benson said. “We hope to see many of you Saturday cheering on our student athletes for what’s sure to be an exciting and fun evening.”


Young fans test their skill at kicking field goals at one of last year’s Great Dane Game Day. (Photo by Paul Miller)

For those who plan to tailgate in the SEFCU Arena and Dutch Quad parking lots, Athletics encourages fans to review the University’s tailgating rules in advance. Highlights include:

  • The University may limit access to the tailgating lots to those with reserved/paid parking, a valid game ticket and/or student ID. That means campus guests without a ticket or ID may be denied entry to the tailgating lots.
  • All tailgating must end 15 minutes prior to the start of the game
  • All tailgating lots must be vacated 90 minutes after the game ends

The Athletics Department and the University Police Department also want to remind fans that no glass containers of any kind are permitted in tailgating areas.

A full list of the University’s tailgating rules is available here. Kickoff Saturday is at 7 p.m., and all undergraduate students can gain free admission to the game by swiping their ID cards.


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