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Team: Albany Great Danes Football
League: NCAA Division I
Home Games: Bob Ford Field
Head Coach: Greg Gattuso
Conference Titles: 6
All-Time Greats: Kurt Campbell, Rashad Barksdale, Rudy Vido
Albany Great Danes Football TicketsIn 1973, the Albany Great Danes hired Bob Ford as head coach. After decades of successful coaching with the Great Danes, the stadium was rebuilt and renamed as the Bob Ford Stadium in 2013, which was the first year the team stepped foot onto the field with its new coach, Greg Gattuso. The team has seen many star players have successful careers in the NFL. In 2007 alone, both Jacob Hobbs and Rashad Barksdale were signed with the Philadelphia Eagles while fellow Great Dane Andre Coleman signed with the Los Angeles Chargers. The team has six conference championship wins in the Northeastern Conference but none yet in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Albany Great Danes transitioned into the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013 as it was moving into the next chapter of its story with a new coach and a brand-new stadium. The Stony Brook Seawolves also joined the CAA in 2013, and so an epic rivalry began. The two State University of New York teams have played against each another 19 times in their annual Empire Clash; the Albany Great Danes hold a 12-win lead. Don't miss any of the action by securing your Albany Great Danes Football tickets at StubHub.
What conference do the Albany Great Danes participate in?The Albany Great Danes Football team had a long stretch of 14 years playing in the Northeast Conference. However, in 2013, the team began competing as football-only members of the Colonial Athletic Association and has ever since.
Who is the head coach for the Albany Great Danes football team?Greg Gattuso took over as the head coach for the Albany Great Danes football team in 2014 after Bob Ford retired from a staggering 43-year stint as the head coach for the team.
What was the Albany Great Danes’ record in 2018?The Albany Great Danes went into the 2018 season winning its third and fourth games, but it wouldn't experience another win until its final matchup of the season. The last game of the year was played on the team’s home field, Bob Ford Stadium, its same-state rivals, the Stony Brook Seawolves. The Albany Great Danes may have only won three of its 11 scheduled games, but the team ended its season on a high note with its win against its rivals.
Has the Albany Great Danes ever been embroiled in any historical rivalries?The Albany Great Danes and the Stony Brook Seawolves both represent University centers of the State University of New York and entered into the Colonial Athletic Association at the same time in 2013. Every year, the rivals battle it out on the field in a game that has been coined the Empire Clash and the Battle for the Apple.
How big is the stadium where Albany Great Danes football games are played?Bob Ford Stadium was built in 2013 and provides 8,500 seats in the form of bleachers and just over 600 seatbacks. Fans can also use the natural grass berm of the field to watch the festivities, and the entire stadium can be expanded to accommodate up to 24,000 people.
How is the tailgating scene at Albany Great Danes football games?Fans from all over the state flock to the Dutch Quad lot or the SEFCU Arena lots before every home game to set up their grilling stations. Tailgating is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of game day, so be sure that you take advantage of the four-hour pre-kickoff window to party in the lots before the players take the field.
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