As expected Siena and UAlbany have reached an agreement to continue the Albany Cup rivalry game.
Here are all the details.
Siena College and the University at Albany will continue their men’s and women’s basketball series for at least another three years, the schools announced Tuesday afternoon. The Saints and Great Danes recently agreed on a three-year deal that commences with a doubleheader at the Times Union Center in 2015-16.
The 2016-17 doubleheader will be played at SEFCU Arena on the campus of UAlbany for the first time in the Division I series. As UAlbany’s home games, the 2016-17 doubleheader will be part of the Great Danes’ season ticket package.
For the men’s game in 2017-18, the Saints and Great Danes will compete at the Times Union Center as part of a national multi-team tournament. Both men’s teams will play two additional games at a “high-major” opponent and one additional game against a “mid-major” school. The women will faceoff in a home game for Siena at the Times Union Center.
The 2017-18 doubleheader will not be included in either team’s season ticket package, but both schools season ticket holders will have a 30-day window to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
The Siena and UAlbany men have played 14 straight seasons at the Times Union Center since renewing their Division I rivalry November 27, 2001. Those games have drawn 152,866 fans, an average of 10,919 per game. Siena has won nine of the 14 meetings. UAlbany has won three straight and four of the last five. Siena leads the all-time series, which dates back to the 1939-40 season, 32-22.
On the women’s side, Siena leads the all-time series 10-8. The programs have met 12 times in the 14 seasons since the rivalry was renewed during the 2001-02 season, with each side winning six times. UAlbany has won the past five meetings.
President Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D.
There’s great value to the Capital Region when both Siena and UAlbany can collaborate to bring the community an outstanding athletic event that’s popular with college basketball fans.
Vice President and Director of Athletics John D’Argenio
These games are among the best sporting events in the Capital Region. To be able to continue to offer them to the community is very important.
Men’s basketball head coach Jimmy Patsos
It’s one of the greatest mid-major games in the country, and it’s important to sports fans in downtown Albany and throughout the Capital Region. Our players love playing in the game, and I’m excited to see it continue.
Women’s basketball head coach Ali Jaques
I am happy to see this rivalry renewed for another three years. The Capital Region is a community that loves great basketball. The women’s game is evolving, as our program is evolving, and I can’t wait for the community, media, and most importantly the Siena faithful to see what we have to offer this coming season.
President Robert J. Jones, Ph.D.
The University at Albany is excited that this time-honored tradition will now be hosted at both the SEFCU Arena and the Times Union Center. This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase both UAlbany basketball and our campus to our fans and the community.
Director of Athletics Mark Benson
Although I’ve only been here a short period of time, the importance of our rivalry to both institutions and the Capital Region is very clear. After many discussions with our alumni, season ticket holders and donors, it is apparent to me the importance of playing this game at SEFCU Arena on the UAlbany campus. I’d like to thank John D’Argenio for his collaboration in continuing this great rivalry.
Men’s basketball head coach Will Brown
I am looking forward to the continuation of the Siena series. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jimmy, his program, and the basketball tradition at Siena. It has been a goal of mine to get a game in the SEFCU Arena, so to see it come to fruition makes me very happy for our season ticket holders, fans, and alums. The Albany community is very supportive of both programs and this is a good series for the area.
Women’s basketball head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson
This has always been an awesome game for our community, and I’m thrilled to see it continue. Ultimately this game is about the community, our students, and our student-athletes who enjoy playing in it. I’m happy we were able to keep the series alive for them.