Cooper Field – Georgetown Hoyas
We Are Georgetown
Georgetown University is a Catholic and Jesuit-affiliated university located in Washington, D.C. The institution opened in 1789 as Georgetown College by John Carroll. Georgetown University offers undergraduate degrees in forty-eight majors in the four undergraduate schools.
Eight former heads of state are alumni, while others serve in many countries political service.
Georgetown fields 23 varsity teams at the NCAA’s Division I level. The Hoyas have been successful in many sports, although the NCAA basketball championship in 1984 under John Thompson and with Patrick Ewing may be the best known.
What is a Hoya? Stemming from the popular “Hoya Saxa!” cheer, the Hoyas name stuck as the team name mascot. It is personified by Jack the Bulldog.
Cooper Field was opened for soccer in 1994 as Harbin Field. The name was changed to “Multi-Sport Field” and eventually to it’s current name of Cooper Field in honor of a $50 million gift from Peter and Susan Cooper. Other teams who use the field include the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, the women’s field hockey team, and the Georgetown University Rugby Football Club. The professional Washington Bayhawks (now Chesapeake Bayhawks) of Major League Lacrosse also played their for one season.
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There are no real concession stands at Cooper Field. Instead temporary tents sell goods out of them. The offerings are pretty basic fare for decent prices. I was not impressed by the small size of the french fries, but at $4 it is hard to be too mad.
The strength of Cooper Field is that it is located in the center of campus. It is a truly unique site to see a football field located in between dorms and academic buildings.
There are home and visitor seating sections. They are made up of basic bleacher seats, although the home side does have a strange, uncomfortable hard plastic ‘chair’ bolted on top of each seat. I could have done without the awkward seat.
There is a pep band and a set of cheerleaders who attend each home game and add to the overall atmosphere. There is also a very simple, basic scoreboard at the end of the stadium.
Since the field is located right in the center of campus, the neighborhood setting is nearly perfect. You also have about a 10 minute walk into the heart of the neighborhood of Georgetown. Stop on the way to visit the Exorcist Steps, made famous by the 1973 movie.
Georgetown is where you will want to go for pre- and post-game dining and shopping. The options are pretty endless.
And did I mention you are right in the middle of Washington, DC? The amount of attractions, museums, restaurants and other sights are astounding. Spend some time pre or postgame seeing the many things around this great city.
The fans fill up the tiny stadium. There will be plenty of students, family, alumni and other fans galore. You will hear them chant “Hoya, Saxa” fairly often. This chant, translated from Latin, as “What rocks?” is part of the campus culture.
The Georgetown neighborhood, and especially the university is not easily accessible by the Washington Metro subway system. The closest stops are in either Foggy Bottom or Rosyln, Virginia. The Metro is frustratingly overpriced compared to systems in other cities. And the system is currently having major issues related to upkeep, yet prices continue to rise.
For such a busy city, it is surprisingly easy to just park on campus at one of the university owned garages. On weekends, and when no major events are going on, it is free to park in these garages. The Southwest Garage is right near the two entrances to Cooper Field (East Gate and West Gate).
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General Admission tickets start at $10 for adults and $5 for youth. The game I attended was free to attend as the Hoyas basketball team was playing across town. Since there is not too much usual overlap for these two programs I am not sure if this is a usual occurrence.
The concession prices were good but quality and quantity is low, so take that into consideration
One should not just come and attend a Hoya football game. Take advantage at Cooper Field’s location at the center of the campus. Get there early and wander around.
The overall location close to the Georgetown neighborhood is an extra in itself. And make sure to stop by the previously mentioned Exorcist Steps.
Georgetown’s Cooper is a small football field located in the middle of one of the nation’s most famous college campus. The atmosphere is quite good and the whole experience visiting here will surprise you.
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A well-played game in a sold-out stadium followed by an afternoon stroll around Georgetown equaled a great autumn day in my book. If you are in the area and are looking to spend a day of fun, head on over to Georgetown – you won’t be disappointed!