I got a chance to attend a football game at East Campus Field on the campus of RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) this past weekend and I was extremely impressed.

A view of East Campus Field from the visiting sideline (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I had emailed their athletic department a few days prior to the game and they accommodated my request for media credentials. They even told me where to park to make it easier for me, which I thought was pretty cool.

Since I had a media credentials I didn't need to buy a ticket. However, their ticket prices are $10 for premium seating and $5 for general admission.

RPI is located in Troy, NY which has seen a major infrastructure overhaul the last few years with many new hotels and restaurants being built around the campus.

I knew it wasn't going to take me to long to get to RPI from my house but I still got to there early because I didn't know the layout of the campus and was pretty positive I would get lost. Sure enough, I did. However, their was a security guard there who directed me to the parking lot.

After I parked my car I headed down to the field which was only a short walk away. The stadium is immediately noticeable as it's an actually stadium, not a field. You get the feeling immediately that it's something special.


After getting my media credential I walked up the ramp to the stands and down to field level.

Some the banners as you walk up the ramp to the stadium (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The stadium was very clean and well maintained. You could tell the school takes great pride in it.

A view of the field when you enter it (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
One of the best things about the East Campus Field is their "jumbo" screen in the corner of the endzone. Not only does it give the feel of professional sports arena but also shows replays and graphics which is great for fans.

The scoreboard at RPI (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)



The atmosphere of the stadium was also great as they had a pep band and cheerleaders. It made you feel like you were at a "big time" college football game even though it was only a small school.

I didn't get a chance to wonder around the stadium and check out their concession stand or "pro shop" but they had both.

Overall, the experience was great. The stadium was beautiful, friendly, and definitely a great place to spend a Saturday watching a game.

Here are some more photos of East Campus Field:

The stands at East Campus field prior to their game against St. Lawrence (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)


The 50 yard line. (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A view from the back corner of the endzone (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Another view of the stands looking at one of the campus buildings (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Last weekend, I got a chance to attend my first Union College football game in Schenectady, NY. It was definitely a nice experience for my first in-person college football game in a long time.

Union College is a nice little school tucked away in Schenectady, NY. Their football team plays in Division III and is a member of the Liberty League.

A view of the scoreboard and American flag (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The field isn't hard to get to at all and almost all the parking for games are in the street adjacent to the field. The parking is free.

I didn't have to buy a ticket because I media credentials. However, the cost of a ticket was only $8 for an adult which isn't bad. There is a hill on the visiting team sideline where many fans sit and watch the game. I'm not sure if sitting there requires a ticket. If it doesn't then that's pretty cool.

A view of the hill over looking the field (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The field itself is pretty basic with the normal stands and press box. Many fans don't sit in the stands but rather stand along the fence line or on the hill.

Stands and press box (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The venue is pretty clean and well taken care of. It has a unique charm for a small school venue. One of the cool things that happens during the game is that at after every Union score they shoot off a canon. All though it's extremely loud, it's still pretty awesome.

After the game they allowed fans to go on the field and get autographs of the Union football team.

Overall, it's a nice little venue to visit on a Saturday afternoon to catch a football game.

Here are some more pictures of Bailey Field:

In the distance fans come down the walkway to the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The football field is in the middle of the track (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Press box (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The turf looks really nice (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The scoreboard (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A view from the back of the endzone (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A view from the visiting sideline looking at the home sideline (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A shot looking the endzone and campus in the background (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)


Here are photos of STAR WARS Night on September 4, 2016 at Centennial Field in Burlington, VT between the Lowell Spinners and Vermont Lake Monsters.

The Spinners defeated the 'Monsters 8-3 behind CJ Chatham who went 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Stormtrooper! (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
 
Matt McLean waits on deck to lead off the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Dakota Chalmers (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here are photos of the high school football game between the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers and South Burlington High School Rebels from September 2, 2016 at Munson Field in South Burlington, VT.

The Hilltoppers scored 18 seconds into the game and cruised to a 41-7 opening week victory over the Rebels.

Here come the Rebels... (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

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