Villanova Stadium has been the home of Villanova University football team. The venue was opened in 1927 and beside few years break at the beginning of 1980s it’s been always the home of the Wildcats.The stadium received new scoreboard in 2009, as well as playing field was replaced in 2002 to synthetic grass surface. The total capacity at the stadium is over 12000 seats but if one isn’t football fan of Villanova Wildcats, then tickets for basketball might be a good choice.The Wildcats play their home games mainly at Wells Fargo Center, which opened in 1996 and it’s been the home for NHL Flyers, NBA 76ers as well as Wildcats. The capacity in basketball setting is over 21500 seats.
Villanova University established its football program in 1894 and basketball one in 1920. Football program competes in Colonial Athletic Association, NCAA Division I FCS. Basketball is placed in Big East Conference, NCAA Division I.University’s mascot is a costumed wildcat known by the name of Will D. Cat and the colleges colours are navy blue and white.The Wildcats main rivals are Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens, Temple Owls and Penn Quakers.Through its existence, the Wildcats brought one national title to the school and took part in 11 NCAA FCS playoff appearances with a combined record of 11-10 claiming the championship in 2009 run.Villanova’s all- time record stands at 583-460-39 and the university won six conference championships and took part in five Bowl games, starting with a tied game against Auburn at Bacardi Bowl in 1936. The Wildcats are 2-2-1 in Bowl games.There have been over 80 Wildcats that played professional football and around 40 that were drafted to the league. Only one former Wildcat was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame and it was Howie Long, defensive end for the Raiders who spent all his 13 season career with them. He won Super Bowl ring playing for the Raiders and was selected to 8 Pro Bowls, three First- Team All- Pros and in 1985 he was named Co- NEA NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Basketball program at the Villanova University delivered two national championships to the school, their latest one coming from the most recent, 2016 season.The Wildcats went to 36 NCAA tournaments, reaching final game once more outside of their two championship runs. They have reached the Final Four round five times.Villanova won four conference tournament championships and 10 times they claimed conference regular season title.From many basketball players that reached the NBA ranks, only Paul Arizin was enshrined into Basketball Hall of Fame. Arizin played 13 seasons in NBA for Philadelphia Warriors where he won his only NBA title.Arizin was 10 times NBA All- Star, NBA All- Star game MVP, twice NBA scoring champion and three times he was named to All-NBA First Team, as well as being named to NBA’s 50th Anniversary All- time team and in 1950 being Helms Foundation Player of the Year.Villanova University has a long tradition of providing pro leagues with good athletes and once in a while the university manages to produce a real diamond that goes onto shining in the big leagues.