The University at Albany Athletic Programs
The University at Albany in New York, founded in 1844, offers numerous athletic programs for the 17,300 students enrolled in its nine schools and colleges. Their programs started out with tennis is 1898 and men’s basketball in 1909. But it wasn’t until after WWII when other men’s and women’s sports started getting a firm foothold at the school, and in the 1960’s even more teams were introduced. Several men’s sports, such as swimming, track and field and lacrosse graduated from club to varsity rank, and women’s basketball, tennis, and softball were established, to name just a few. In 1965 the university’s student body chose The Great Dane as their official (and exclusive) mascot, and in 2000, ‘Purple and Gold’ became their fight song. Eight years later ‘The World Within Reach’ was accepted as their very first slogan.
As an associate member of the Northeast Conference until 2013 when they moved to the Colonial Athletic Association (Division I NCAA), the Albany Great Danes won football championships in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Fans and spectators can watch them take on some of their rivals like the Stony Brook Seawolves or the Siena Saints at Bob Ford Field, named after their longtime football coach from 1973 to 2013. The stadium, opened in 2013, also hosts their soccer teams, and has a capacity of 8,500, 4 luxury suites, a Daktronics scoreboard, and a 39 ft. by 22 ft. high-definition video display for fans wanting to be ‘closer’ to the action. During homecoming weekend each October, the campus hosts many activities. Class reunions, tours, free concerts and exhibits are just a few of the events the university departments organize to help further school spirit.
For fans wanting to show their school pride by wearing the University at Albany’s colors of purple and gold, there are hundreds of items available in men’s, women’s, and youth apparel, including sweatshirts, short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts, hats, hoodies, sweat suits and more. There are even items available for toddlers and infants.