Thursday, September 06, 2007

From the Fordham Folks...

Since I think I have sufficiently frightened everyone here about the difficulties one often encounters when trying to get to Fordham, I'm expecting some of you to actually get to the game on Sept. 15th a little early.

A reader from Fordham has let me know about a nice fan-friendly event they're planning for the hours before the game:

"Our Rams have a big test this weekend before we can start thinking about you guys. However, as a fan I'm already looking forward to another Liberty Cup game and a chance at some revenge for last year's drubbing.

I wasn't sure where else to post this but I was also hoping you could help me spread the word here to your fan base. We're going to have a Fordham Kids Park open 2 hours prior to the 6pm kickoff next week. More details are on the Fordham board
but we'd love all fans, not just Ram fans, to be able to take advantage of it and hopefully have a great gameday while visiting us in the Bronx. There will be 3 "jumpers" there - a slide, an obstacle course and a regular jumper - and our cheerleaders will be there doing facepainting for the young'ns. They'll be more than happy to do a nice powder blue CU on any little cheeks as long as you all don't mind that they'll only be provided with maroon paint and there's a very good chance they'll misspell 'CU' by using an 'F' but it'll still look cute as hell (the misspell comment is my alley-oop for you guys).

Again, looking forward to a great one. Hope anyone coming up also knows they can make a nice day of it in the typically under-explored Bronx by going to the adjacent Bronx Zoo, Botanical Gardens and Little Italy in the Bronx for a pre game celebration or to drown out those post game sorrows."

Now there may be some kind of CU-sponsored activities that night, so make sure you don't commit yourself to a Fordham event first, but I think this is a nice attraction for fans with kids and of course, Columbia has many of the same kinds of kid-friendly atttractions at our home games.

And ALSO, if you have the hard copy of today's New York Times handy, check out page D-4 of the sports section, it includes a nice ad for the Liberty Cup game that appears to have been co-sponsored by Columbia and Fordham.


At Thu Sep 06, 02:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Fordham said...

Excellent - thanks so much. Hope to see you all in the Bronx next Saturday.

All the best.

At Thu Sep 06, 03:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the date of your "tutorial" on getting to Fordham games?

At Thu Sep 06, 03:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can never find a place to park. If the reponse is to take a subway, then we will lose the suburban crowd. Is there any feasible parking facility?

At Thu Sep 06, 03:35:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Tutorial is coming soon... probably Monday or Tuesday.

The subway is a good choice for getting there if you can do the walk, (about 12 blocks). But after the game, the idea of walking the streets at 10pm while a bit disoriented is not my idea of fun. Not that there is a lot of crime, it's just scary to be in an unfamiliar area on foot late at night. If you're in a large group that will stick together it's a good option.

At Thu Sep 06, 04:00:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Fordham said...

FYI, parking is available. Also, Metro North has about 2 trains per hour that stop at Fordham from Grand Central and the trip is around 20 mins.

As Jake noted, the subway walk is pretty tough. At least the Metro North stop leaves you off right at the campus gate, albeit on the opposite side of campus from the stadium.

At Thu Sep 06, 04:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We New Jersey fans need to drive. Parking is a deal point, unfortunately.

At Thu Sep 06, 04:28:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to mapquest, Fordham's campus is 2.06 driving miles from CU's Baker field. Since this is practically a home game for CU, will CU be running any buses from the Morningside campus to Fordham game?

At Thu Sep 06, 06:47:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The department will announce that they are sponsoring fan buses that will leave from campus to Fordham University. The shuttle is free.

The details as far as departure and exact location are being finalized; however, for your short information, the estimated time is departing 4:30pm and returning after the game. At this time they will pick up and drop off at 116th and Broadway (at the front gates of Columbia University).

In order to ride the bus, YOU MUST RSVP to the football office via email at

If there are any changes in time or place, we will let you know. A final notice will be sent Wednesday, before the game.

Hope to see you soon.


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