It has been a long time since fans have watched the Siena Saints or the UAlbany Great Danes in person. It was weird last year calling the UAlbany games with Rodger Wyland for ESPN3 & 104.5 FM The Team. There were no fans and it seemed like nobody else was talking, just us. However, the strangeness is beginning to dissipate as fans have returned to sporting events. Things aren't perfect but we are truly getting back to some sense of normality in sports venues.

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Saints Head Coach Carm Maciariello joined The Drive with Charlie & Dan on Tuesday and talked about his team getting the opportunity to practice down at the Times Union Center at the end of the month. Don't forget the fact that Siena games were played on campus last year. Coach Carm talked about how excited his guys are to get back down there. Maciariello and many others believe that the downtown Albany arena is a huge advantage for his program.

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On Monday October 25th, Siena will take on St. Rose at the Times Union Center in an exhibition game at 7pm. Ticket are $7 and it will definitely be a fun night. Coach Carm is a really good guy for playing St. Rose in an exhibition and knowing Coach Perno a little, the Golden Knights will give them everything they have!

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No one is biting at the bit more to get the season started, especially with fans, than new Great Danes head coach Dwayne Killings. The first year head coach has set up a nice home schedule for the SEFCU Arena faithful with Towson and Harvard visiting the Washington Avenue campus to get things started in the month of November. Coach Killings and his squad will play an "Purple & Gold" Scrimmage open to the public on Saturday at 12:30pm as part of the Homecoming festivities.

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One thing is for sure, it's nice to have fans back at sporting events.

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