The two Franciscan universities have played on and off dating back to the 1939-40 season. However, things didn’t really heat up between Siena and St. Bonaventure until the creation of the Franciscan Cup. The two teams square off each year, and the winner takes home the Franciscan Cup and bragging rights, so don’t miss it when the Saints and Bonnies meet on the hardwood.
Only 8 miles separate Siena and Albany meaning there is a lot on the line when these two meet. The winner of the annual Albany Cup walks away with not only the trophy but also bragging rights over the entire Albany area. If you want to see a hard-fought contest, then make sure to be in attendance when Siena takes on crosstown rivals Albany.
Siena Saints Stadium Guide
The Siena Saints have been one of the most successful teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference over the last decade and are one of the most popular entertainment options in the Albany area. Fans from all over Albany love the Saints, and as a result, you’ll find a lively atmosphere whenever you take in a game at the MVP Arena.
The Siena students especially love their team, and the student section is always packed at Saints games. The students have a lot of pride in their team as despite Siena being one of the smaller schools in Division I, the Saints have managed to take home some major accolades over the years including CBI title in 2014.
The pep band and spirit squads are also a key component of any Saints basketball game. The pep band puts on an incredible performance at every game and keeps the crowd into the action on the court no matter what the score. The cheerleaders and the Saints mascot Bernie are also top-notch as well, so keep an eye out for them throughout the game.
Finally, the MVP Arena is located in downtown Albany meaning there are plenty of bars and restaurants for you to check out before or after the game.
If you’re looking to experience one of the best college hoops game days in the MAAC, then look no further than Siena where you’ll find one of the best crowds in the conference.
Check out the banners hanging from the rafters of the MVP Arena to remember all of the best players and teams in Siena history, including the Saints 1989, 2008, and 2009 NCAA tournament teams. The banners do an excellent job of honoring Saints greats and are a must-see for anyone taking in a Saints game.
Keep an eye out for Siena’s mascot Bernie the Saint Bernard. Bernie is a fan favorite and one of the best parts of any Saints basketball game. No matter what the score Bernie’s cheers and antics will bring a smile to your face, so don’t miss him during your visit to Siena.
The Sienna Pep Band keeps everyone at the MVP Arena energized throughout the game. No matter what the score the pep band will get the crowd in the game making them a big part of why Siena has been so successful at home over the years.
Siena students love their team, and it shows on game days as the students come out in large numbers to support their beloved Saints. The student section at Siena games is rocking, so enjoy their cheers and taunts throughout the game.
The Siena cheerleaders put on quite the show at Saints basketball games. The cheerleaders are a big part of the pageantry on display at Saints games making their performances a must-see for anyone in attendance.
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