Bob Ford Field

Bob Ford Field is a football stadium in Albany, New York that is owned and operated by the University at Albany, SUNY and hosts the school's football team, as well as their soccer program. The stadium, with an initial seating capacity of 8,500, opened on September 14, 2013, when Albany made its debut in Colonial Athletic Association football against Rhode Island.[2] It replaced University Field as the school's current stadium and is named after Bob Ford, who was head coach at Albany from 1970 until retiring at the end of the 2013 season.

Bob Ford Field
Bob Ford Field
Full nameBob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
LocationAlbany, New York
OwnerUniversity at Albany, SUNY
OperatorUniversity at Albany, SUNY
Capacity8,500 (expandable to 24,000)
SurfaceFieldTurf
Construction
Broke groundApril 17, 2012[1]
OpenedSeptember 14, 2013[2]
Construction cost$24 million
ArchitectHeery International Inc.[1]
Services engineerClough, Harbour & Associates[1]
General contractorWhiting-Turner Contracting Company[1]
Tenants
Albany Great Danes football team, Albany Great Danes men's soccer team

Features

  • 8,500-seats, including 629 chair-backs, bleachers, and a natural grass berm.
  • Daktronics scoreboard with a 39’ by 22’ high-definition video display and point-source sound system behind the south end zone.
  • Press level with four luxury suites, print media area, and booths for radio, television, coaches, and replay.

Attendance records

Attendance numbers were retrieved from UAlbany Athletics Official Box Scores

Highest attendance at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium (Football Only)
Rank Attendance Date Game Result
1 9,052October 8, 2016No 16 Albany 30, No 6 Richmond 36 (3OT)
2 8,500October 10, 2015Albany 7, Maine 39
3 8,500October 11, 2014Albany 28, No 20 Richmond 41
4 8,500October 19, 2013Albany 17, No 7 Towson 44
5 8,500September 14, 2013Albany 13, Rhode Island 19 (OT)
6 8,040September 17, 2016No 25 Albany 45, Holy Cross 28
7 6,748August 30, 2014Albany 14, Holy Cross 13
8 6,412September 21, 2013Albany 17, Central Connecticut State 20
9 6,309September 24, 2016No 22 Albany 20, St Francis (PA) 9
10 6,227September 26, 2015Albany 17, Duquesne 14

Due to growing popularity and national recognition of lacrosse, the first-ever Albany Great Danes men's lacrosse game was held at Bob Ford Field on April 18, 2015. It was the first time since March 10, 2007 that a top-10 matchup was held in the Capital District, with #4 UAlbany defeating #10 Delaware 13-7. Since then, multiple top-25 in the nation games have been held there. The official seating capacity for lacrosse at Casey Stadium is 6,394.[3]

Most home lacrosse games are played next door at John Fallon Field (Max-Capacity 2,500)

Highest attendance at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium (Lacrosse Only)
Rank Attendance Date Game Result Name of Event
1 6,472[4]May 13, 20178 Seed Albany 15, UNC 121st Round - NCAA Tournament
2 4,823April 18, 2015No 8 Albany 12, No 7 Yale 11Spring Stomp
3 3,205April 22, 2017No 5 Albany 13, No 12 Yale 12Spring Stomp
4 3,093April 12, 2017No 6 Albany 11, No 3 Maryland 12
5 2,514April 25, 2015No 7 Albany 20, UMBC 9America East Regular Season Finale
6 2,146May 2, 2015No 7 Albany 22, No 17 Stony Brook 9America East Championship
7 2,137April 16, 2016No 6 Albany 12, Binghamton 8Spring Stomp
8 2,108April 29, 2017No 7 Albany 16, Hartford 10America East Regular Season Finale

See also

References

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