Bob Ford Field

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Bob Ford Field
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Bob Ford Field
Full name Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
Location Albany, New York
Owner University at Albany, SUNY
Operator University at Albany, SUNY
Capacity 8,500 (expandable to 24,000)
Surface FieldTurf
Construction
Broke ground April 17, 2012[1]
Opened September 14, 2013[2]
Construction cost $24 million
Architect Heery International Inc.[1]
Services engineer Clough, Harbour & Associates[1]
General contractor Whiting-Turner Contracting Company[1]
Tenants

Albany Great Danes football team,

Albany Great Danes men's soccer team

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.

Features[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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 9,052 October 8, 2016 No 16 Albany 30, No 6 Richmond 36 (3OT)
2 8,500 October 10, 2015 Albany 7, Maine 39
3 8,500 October 11, 2014 Albany 28, No 20 Richmond 41
4 8,500 October 19, 2013 Albany 17, No 7 Towson 44
5 8,500 September 14, 2013 Albany 13, Rhode Island 19 (OT)
6 8,040 September 17, 2016 No 25 Albany 45, Holy Cross 28
7 6,748 August 30, 2014 Albany 14, Holy Cross 13
8 6,412 September 21, 2013 Albany 17, Central Connecticut State 20
9 6,309 September 24, 2016 No 22 Albany 20, St Francis (PA) 9
10 6,227 September 26, 2015 Albany 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, 2017 8 Seed Albany 15, UNC 12 1st Round - NCAA Touranment
2 4,823 April 18, 2015 No 8 Albany 12, No 7 Yale 11 Spring Stomp
3 3,205 April 22, 2017 No 5 Albany 13, No 12 Yale 12 Spring Stomp
4 3,093 April 12, 2017 No 6 Albany 11, No 3 Maryland 12
5 2,514 April 25, 2015 No 7 Albany 20, UMBC 9 America East Regular Season Finale
6 2,146 May 2, 2015 No 7 Albany 22, No 17 Stony Brook 9 America East Championship
7 2,137 April 16, 2016 No 6 Albany 12, Binghamton 8 Spring Stomp
8 2,108 April 29, 2017 No 7 Albany 16, Hartford 10 America East Regular Season Finale

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Coordinates: 42°40′59.9″N 73°49′37.7″W / 42.683306°N 73.827139°W / 42.683306; -73.827139