Training Camp for Fans
Buy Your Tickets Now!
This is your mission, should you choose to accept it:
The Columbia football Lions are just about a month away from reporting to training camp, and it seems like all of them have been busy working out as much as possible since the end of spring practice back in late April.
Now it's time to do your part. Season tickets for all five Columbia home games have been available online for about two weeks now. You can buy them online here, or you can just call 1-888-LIONS-11 and talk to a live person, (they are very helpful).
Fordham has a nice campus
But there's MORE you can do. Remember, the season opener is on the "road," at Fordham on September 15th. Fordham is a little tough to get to I admit, but just give yourself some extra time and you'll be fine. You can order tickets for the Fordham game online right now or you can call (718) 817-4300. Jack Coffey Field is actually pretty nice, but the stands are only on one side of the field, and that bothers some folks. You might also want to bring along a seat cushion as the aluminum bleachers can be a little hard on the tuchus.
(That aside, the Rose Hill campus is just beautiful and a true diamond in the rough for The Bronx. I don't know is this is allowed, but it might be nice to come really early and have a picnic on the campus sometime before the game).
The point is, most Columbia fans and alums should have no trouble getting to the Fordham game, and it would be great to show some support for the team right out of the gate. Remember, the games against Fordham are for the Liberty Cup and that makes these games more meaningful.
Princeton Stadium... all that's missing here is YOU
The next road game is at Princeton, another easy jaunt for most Lion supporters. Princeton Stadium is a true palace and you don't have to be a Tiger fan to enjoy it. Columbia plays the Tigers on September 29th, but it does not look like you can buy tickets for any Princeton games yet. You can find out about ticket prices and some other details here. And keep that 9/29 date saved on your calendars. Please note that the start of that game is the unusual time of 3:30pm.
Lafayette's new showplace
After that, Columbia travels to Lafayette on 10/6. Getting to Lafayette is a shorter trip than I thought from New York City. Lafayette has just finished a series of fantastic rennovations to its Fisher Stadium home and the school has also now built a fantastic new field house and sports museum as well. Fisher Field has chairback seats too, (although I'm not sure they are available on the visitors' side), but tickets to the game with Columbia are on sale online now.
The remaining two road games are challenging trips. Getting to Dartmouth and Cornell from the New York City area is a haul. But both Hanover, NH and Ithaca, NY are beautiful spots and worth visiting, especially if you are going to support the Lions. Neither of those schools have football tickets available for sale yet, but I will alert everyone when they are.
Buying tickets isn't all you need to do. Now is the time to start planning your Columbia football trips. Find out about hotels, restaurants, other attractions, (and tell us what you learn in the comments section). Travelling to the Ivy League schools and their surrounding areas in the fall is really a nice experience and relatively cheap as travel goes if you happen to be living on the East Coast. I will try to offer some tips and other little tidbits on the away venues as the season draws closer.
Oh, and this is also a good time to let Uncle Joe and Aunt Frieda know that you're booked up on Saturdays from mid-September to mid-November and they should plan those annoying family events for another time. Better yet, invite them to come along with you!