There are no tickets available at this time.
Official Review by Sean Rowland, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Located in a small village just outside of Rochester, NY is a college fairly typical of those found at the Division 3 level. The College at Brockport is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and it includes over 8,000 students who attend. Golden Eagle athletic teams usually participate in the SUNYAC conference, however, football is played in the Empire 8. The team had a nice stretch of NCAA playoff appearances in the early 2000’s and are looking for their first berth in the tournament since 2003.
What makes a football game at Brockport interesting is their large stadium and the backstory behind it. In 1979, Brockport hosted the Special Olympics, a wonderful event that featured plenty of volunteers and celebrities to help with the great occasion. An 11,000-seat stadium was built for the games and the football team continues to use that facility today. Initially called Special Olympics Stadium, the name was changed in 2010 to honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics and a person who was instrumental in bringing the event to Brockport.
The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:
Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".
Near the entrance for the home-side seating is an open area featuring a couple spots to purchase food. The first table is mostly snacks and candy, which are all under $3. More food can be found at the trailer, which offers Burgers, Hot Dogs, Pizza slices, Nachos and Tater Tots. The prices are low and affordable as they range from $2.50 to $4. It is advisable to visit this food trailer during first half as near and during halftime, lines get ridiculously long. Plus, they can run out of items. Drinks available include Pepsi products, Water, Coffee and Hot Chocolate.
Though the stadium has a large seating capacity, it is not exactly a great place to watch a football game. The set up is reminiscent of a high school field as the metal bleachers on each sideline have a very basic look and design. Sight lines are poor too as the stands are far from the field thanks to the combination of a track and a large walkway in front of the seating. A scoreboard in the southwest corner of the stadium does a good job of providing information and there is even a small graphics display on it. Otherwise, there are certainly better facilities within D3 and even the Empire 8 conference.
As for other intangibles with the atmosphere, a drum group does well to provide some energy to the game, while the cheerleaders and the dance team (with a risqué routine) help to entertain. The school also does well to have various themes to each game, in an attempt to make it more of an event.
Brockport is a pleasant little village about 25 minutes to the west of Rochester and the setting includes two features often associated with nice towns: water and a main street. Check those both off as Brockport sits along the Erie Canal and immediately after the bridge into town is Main Street. The heart of the village includes many historic buildings occupied by local businesses. Visitors can shop local or eat at one of several restaurants down Main Street. Recommended places to try include: Stoneyard Bar & Grill, 58 Main BBQ and Brew, Jimmy Z's Texas Hots and Colleen's Kitchen.
Brockport does better than many schools at this level of football in terms of bringing in fans and a couple games in particular can produce large crowds of several thousand (Homecoming and the Courage Bowl). Most in attendance have on green and gold in support of the Golden Eagles. Their cheering is standard, though towards the end of a close game, the crowd does get more vocal with some stomping of the bleachers and periodic "Let's Go Brockport" chants.
Though Brockport is a little outside of primary highway access in the Rochester area, it is still very easy to reach the village thanks to straight-forward roads like Route 104 and Route 19. Campus is just a mile from Main Street and the stadium can be found along the south side of the grounds. A pair of large parking lots are on the sides of an athletic building with the football stadium behind that. The parking is easy to find, but road signage is lacking and despite warnings of a permit being needed, these two parking areas are fine to use for free during the game. As for traffic, it's typically non-existent, the exception being if everyone leaves at the same time as the access roads are just two lanes.
Inside, the walkways in and around the stadium are wide and accommodating for crowds of all sizes. The problem is the bathrooms. Amazingly, the bleachers on the home side (which make up about 75% of the seating) only have a small trailer behind the stands for a bathroom, holding just 2-3 people at a time. Meanwhile, behind the stands on the other side of the field is a building with a bigger bathroom capacity. It is definitely a backwards set-up that is not accommodating for most fans.
Free parking, $5 tickets and concession items for $4 or less...can't get better than that! While the quality of the football is not exactly the SEC, it is still competitive and many will find enjoyment in watching a game that is free of annoying media timeouts. In some cases, D3 games take an hour shorter than their FBS counterparts and that makes for an enjoyable live experience.
Each year since 2005, Rochester area colleges have participated in an annual game called the Courage Bowl. The event benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times, a local organization dedicated to helping bring smiles and happy memories to children coping with cancer. Donations help the organization, while some of the kids get to participate in game day activities, many of which are with the players and coaches. St. John Fisher College has participated every year and recently, Brockport has become their opponent. Home teams alternate and the Golden Eagles are hosts in 2014, 2016 and 2018. These games draw big crowds and the 2016 version saw over 8,000 attend at Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium. It is a terrific event and it is great to see the kids from Camp Good Days enjoy themselves, while the fans support this worthwhile charity.
Another great event was the Special Olympics held here in 1979. In commemoration, there are two impressive sculptures on campus and each of these are not far from the football stadium. Located near the library are five pillars titled "Joy and Happiness to All the Children of the World." Designed similar to the Special Olympics logo, these impressive works are centered by a fountain. The other statue called "Prometheus" is near the Allen Administration Building and is equally as impressive. These were generous gifts sent to Brockport in honor of the games by Soviet artist Zurab Tsereteli, who seeked to improve relations between Russia and the U.S. They are remarkable pieces, be sure to check them out.
A football game at Brockport may not be the most comfortable of events as the word "stadium" should be used loosely when describing the facility. However, there is a lot to like including the price, flow of the game and the nearby village. If picking one game to see, make it the Courage Bowl, where you can enjoy college football and support a worthy cause.
Follow all of Sean's journeys at Stadium and Arena Visits.
There are no crowd reviews yet. Be the first and help us build with your expertise!
1 Main St. South
Brockport, NY 14420
53 Main St. South
Brockport, NY 14420
There are no local entertainment entries. Help us build with your expertise!
There are no local lodging entries. Help us build with your expertise!