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Team: Columbia Lions Football
League: NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Ivy League
Home Games: Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium
Head Coach: Al Bagnoli
All-Time Greats: Sid Luckman, Marcellus Wiley, Paul Governali, John Witknowski, George Starke, Lou Gehrig
Rivals: Cornell, Fordham
Columbia Lions Football TicketsColumbia University is well-known for its academic standing. As a member of the Ivy League, the Columbia Lions football team has also produced notable football players. Home games for the Lions take place at Wien Stadium in Manhattan, New York. The team has a perfect bowl record of 1-0. As of 2018, the squad had an overall record of 373–633–43 with two claimed national titles and one conference title. Several famous names have gone through this football program, including Lou Gehrig, Marcellus Wiley and Brian Dennehy. Sid Luckman is the Lions' sole Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. Writer Jack Kerouac played for Columbia but left school after he suffered an injury. The Cornell Big Red and the Fordham Rams are Columbia's two rivals. Columbia and Cornell are the only two Ivy League schools in New York, so they have met 103 times. Their first meeting occurred in 1889. Their schedules have been changed so that the Lions and Big Red play the last game of the season against each other. Grab your Columbia Lions Football tickets at StubHub.
Where does the Columbia Lions football team play?Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at Baker Athletics Complex is home to the Columbia Lions' football games. The stadium opened in 1923. Since then, it has undergone a couple of renovations, upgrades and capacity changes. Currently, it holds 17,000 fans. The stadium is located in Manhattan, New York, at Columbia University's Baker Athletics Complex.
Who is Columbia Lions Football’s head coach?The head coach of the Columbia Lions football team is Al Bagnoli. Bagnoli is a former football player who played at Central Connecticut from 1972–1974. He became the head coach for the Columbia Lions in 2015. Before then, he had already been coaching football since 1975. Through 2018, he has a winning record of 253–120 and a bowl record of 7–6. Additionally, his career is well-decorated. Bagnoli had led teams to nine Ivy League championships, and he has earned awards like the Ivy League Coach of the Year in 2017.
Who are some notable players from Columbia Lions football?There is no shortage of notable players from the Columbia Lions football program. Sid Luckman, Marcellus Wiley and Paul Governali are three well-known alumni. John Witknowski and George Starke are others. Luckman had a great career in the NFL as the quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1939 to 1950. In that time span, he led the Bears to four championships. Wiley spent 10 seasons in the NFL as a defensive end. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1997. After his retirement from professional play, he became a sports commentator and author. Governali was an All-American, a Heisman Trophy runner-up and the Maxwell Award winner for College Player of the Year in 1942.
How is the tailgating scene at Columbia Lions Football?The tailgating scene before Columbia Lions football games is not as intense as some other college football programs. Students, alumni and fans are encouraged to turn out in the designated areas to show their team spirit. Upon arrival at the campus sports complex, attendees are directed on where to go for the pre-game festivities.
What are the top games this year for Columbia Lions Football?Cornell and Fordham are considered to be Columbia's two rivals, so these are always top games to look for when the season's schedule is released. Other teams that will be playing against the Lions at home include the Brown Bears, Harvard Crimson and Penn Quakers.
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