Cooper Field is the home for the football team of Georgetown Hoyas. The multipurpose stadium was opened in 2005 and was intended for intramurals and it was adopted for soccer. The venue can only accommodate 2500 spectators so the Georgetown Hoyas tickets are quite limited when it comes to college football.
It gets much better when it comes to Hoyas basketball program as they play their game in “The Phone Booth” which is a nickname for well known Verizon Center that is the home not only for the Georgetown university but also for NBA Wizards among other sports teams, playing their games in the venue capable of holding over 20000 basketball fans.
Georgetown Hoyas football program came to life in 1874 but since the fifties it had struggled and money issues even put it on stop until it returned back in the sixties as an exhibition only sport. The turbulent history of the program has not allowed for much success to take place. Currently the Hoyas are located in Patriot League Conference NCAA Division I FCS.
As far as basketball is concerned the program was formed in 1907 and it had better overall experience than football programs. The Hoyas are located in Big East Conference NCAA Division I.
The college’s colours are blue and grey and their mascot is Jack the Bulldog that has been represented by at least five live bulldogs since 1962.
Their main rivals are Howard University, a new cross town tradition.
With the football having so many years in turmoil there hasn’t been much success. The Hoyas hold all- time record of 482-385-32 with two conference titles and two Bowl appearances with no wins.
There is no big names in NFL hailing from the Hoyas program. Their last player to play an NFL game was “Big Jim” Ricca who retired in 1956; the defensive end played 60 games for the Redskins, Lions and Eagles combined.
Alex Buzbee, became the first Hoyas in NFL since Ricca retirement but he only made it to reserve squad of the Redskins back in 2007.
Where football was unable to deliver big success and big stars, the basketball had not let their fans down.Georgetown had won one NCAA tournament, in 1984 and came very close to winning three more in 1943, 1982 and 1985 where they eventually had to settle on a runner up position.
Overall, the Hoyas appeared in 30 NCAA tournaments and won 7 conference tournament championships with adding further 11 conference regular season titles.
With the team success there was also a personal success on the table as two Hoyas ended up being number 1 overall draft picks with another player being chosen in second. The talk here is about Patrick Ewing, Allen Iverson and Alonzo Mourning.
Ewing, drafted first by the Knicks in 1985 had a long and successful career where he only missed on NBA title really, as he was voted Rookie of the Year, 11 times he went to NBA All- Star game and he was named to All-NBA Second Team six times. He’s the Knicks scoring leader.
Iverson, drafted 1st in 1996 by the 76ers was four times NBA scoring champion, NBA rookie of the year,NBA MVP, twice NBA All- Star game MVP, three times steals leader among many other accomplishments except the NBA title same as Ewing.
And Mourning, selected 2nd in 1992 by the Hornets won NBA championship in 2006 playing for the Miami Heat. He was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice as well as being block leader twice. He has also gone to seven NBA All- Star Games.
With no much success on football field it’s good to know that basketball has been such a great driving force of team and individual success in Georgetown.