Princeton University Stadium is the home for Princeton Tigers football program. The venue was built on the site of Palmer Stadium, previous Tigers’ home which meant that during the construction in 1997 the Tigers had to play all games on the road. The venue was opened in 1998 and there are over 27500 Princeton Tigers tickets available for the game night as it is the stadium’s capacity.
Basketball at Princeton University is played at Jadwin Gymnasium that is capable of holding over 6500 fans. The venue has been in use since 1969 and Princeton does very well at home games historically.
Princeton’s football program is, along with football program at Rutgers, the oldest in the world as these two schools completed against each other in 1869. Basketball arrived to Princeton in 1901. The Tigers are members of elite and prestigious Ivy League Conference, NCAA Division I (FCS for football).
The mascot representing the school is tiger and the colours of the Tigers are black and orange. The main rivals that Princeton goes against yearly are Yale Bulldogs, Harvard Crimson, Penn Quakers and Dartmouth Big Green.
The Tigers have won the most national championships to date with 28 titles claimed, along 9 conference championships. Princeton have an all- time record of 791-369-51 and they took no part in any of the bowl games. The Tigers last national trophy had been won all the way in 1950 a year before the school has fielded their first and only Heisman Trophy winner in Dick Kazmaier who played as halfback, kicker and quarterback and ended his Princeton career third all time with over 4000 yards of offense and 55 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Bears in 1952 but he declined to go pro and had attended Harvard Business School. He was enshrined into College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.
There were 29 Tigers who went onto being drafted by an NFL team and their highest draft pick ever was Charlie Gogolak who was drafted as sixth overall by the Redskins to play as the placekicker. He remained in the league for seven seasons.
There were only 3 draft selections in XXI century coming from Princeton among them was Mike Catapano, Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year who was drafted in 7th round by the Chiefs in 2013. To date he recorded 7 tackles and two sacks and he is currently on the Jets roster.
Basketball program at Princeton had one one national title in 1925 by claiming Premo- Porretta championship. Since NCAA Tournament began the Tigers appeared in 24 tournaments reaching the Final Four once in 1965 and the Sweet Sixteen 6 times.
The Tigers had won 26 Ivy League championships and 6 conference regular season titles before the Ivy League had been formed.
Princeton is well known for introducing the Princeton offense that allowed the school to lead in scoring defense 20 times since 1976. The offense relies on plenty of passes that allow to eventually create a desired mismatch, games are usually slow paced.
One of the better known Princeton players among the NBA ranks was Bill Bradley who spent 11 seasons in NBA playing for the Knicks, winning two championships with them. He was also chosen to play in an All Star game in 1973. After retiring from basketball he became a senator for the democratic party.
As with most Ivy League schools, sports are not the primary reason for attending but even despite the fact that Princeton might not be the sports school anymore there are still able to produce professional players once in awhile.