Delaware Stadium, commonly referred as The Tub is the home of the Delaware Blue Hens. The venue which opened in 1951 had seen some renovations through the decades and can currently hold 22000 fans. Despite its low seating capacity, the venue is the second largest in CAA making Delaware Blue Hens tickets owners that little bit happier across the conference.
The basketball fans go to Bob Carpenter Center, a venue that is also a home for the NBA development league team Delawares 87ers. The arena was opened in 1992 and it can welcome 5000 fans hungry of some basketball experiences.
Delaware Blue Hens are located in Colonial Athletic Association that plays a role of a conference for NCAA Division I teams (FBS for football). The college’s colours are royal blue and gold and their mascot is a fighting blue hen named YoUDee.
Football program at Delaware was conceived in 1889 but it wasn’t until 1941 where the college started competing in men’s basketball. The college’s main rivals are James Madison, Villanovan and Delaware State.
The Blue Hens hold a winning all time record with 681 wins to 448 losses and 46 ties. They had won six national titles, last one in 2003, 16 conference titles and they have winning all time record from play-off appearances with 22-14 in Division I FCS and 7-4 in Division II.
On top of that the Blue Hens competed in 11 Bowls and they had came victorious out of 8. Their best Bowl is Boardwalk one where they played five times winning four contests.
The most successful Blue Hen among the NFL players is a quarterback Rich Gannon who played for few NFL teams. He went to Super Bowl with the Raiders in 2002, the same year he was named AP NFL MVP.
He was also picked to four Pro Bowls in his career, he was named twice to AP First Team All- Pro as well as three times named AFC player of the year. In his best season, 2002, he also led the league in passing yards. He holds a record of most completions in none overtime game with 43, that he accomplished in game against the Steelers.
Delaware has a good feel for the quarterbacks as there is currently playing one from there who already managed to win Super Bowl.
Joe Flacco his name is and beside the ring, he was named the Super Bowl MVP, Pepsi Rookie of the Year and he is Baltimore Ravens career leader in passing touchdowns and yards, wins, completions and pass attempts.
There is fairly big group of Blue Hens contributing across the NFL teams.
As much joy the football team brings there isn’t a lot to be happy about when it comes to basketball programs. To date the Blue Hens appeared in five NCAA tournaments, claimed five conference tournament titles and four regular season championships.
There were only six NBA/ABA draft picks coming from the program, the latest one happened in 1993 when Indiana Pacers drafted Spencer Dunkley in second round who never got to play in NBA and settled on European leagues instead.
If one dreams of sports career while studying at Delaware then obviously football is much better choice than basketball to go for with more team and individual accomplishments.