William H. Greene Stadium – Howard Bison
Home of the Howard Bison
Howard University is a private, historically black university (HBCU) in Washington, D.C. The school has over 70 undergraduate programs. The main campus is located in northwest Washington, D. C. Howard University is considered the “Mecca” because it is one of the elite HBCUs.
The Howard Bison compete in the NCAA’s Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The school sponsors teams in eight men’s and eleven women’s sports.
The school’s nickname is the Bison and recently they changed the logo so that it no longer used the copyright of the Buffalo Bills.
William H. Greene Stadium opened in 1926 and is home to the Howard University Bison football and soccer teams. Originally called Howard Stadium, it was renamed William H. Greene Stadium in 1986 in honor of William H. Greene, M.D., a Washington, D.C., physician. In 1986 a failed domed stadium plan was in the works to house football, basketball and numerous other events for the campus.
In a review of D.C. area stadiums in 2013, Brett Fuller, director of business development at the architectural firm AECOM, heavily criticized Greene Stadium for looking more like a high school field than a major college football stadium. As for the need for renovation, Fuller said, “It’s hard to say it’s in bad shape. It hardly exists at all.”
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There are no permanent concession stands anywhere at Greene Stadium. Instead, 6th St NW is closed off near the stadium and the actual part of the street next to the stadium is considered part of the stadium operations. In that area are quite a few food trucks offering a pretty good amount of options. They can get busy quickly and lines can get long. The prices are very reasonable.
Since 6th Street is right behind the visitor’s side of the field, there is nothing food related close to the home side of the field.
Brett Fuller, was right, in that the stadium is no more than a high school type stadium. It is made up of four sets of bleachers that surround the track and the football field.
The entire seating area is General Admission, except for a reserved section in the middle of the home stand. The marching band sits in the south end zone.
The players enter on northwest side of the stadium so it might be nice to be over in that area during the opening ceremonies.
Scoreboards are located in each end zone. The north scoreboard was the nicer of the two.
If you are buying tickets or picking them up at will-call, you have to go to Cramton Auditorium, which is located right next to the stadium’s main gate on 6th St NW.
The northwest Washington D.C.neighborhood of “The Mecca” is considered up and coming. That means that gentrification is starting take hold. There are still some great places to visit in the surrounding area.
Dacha Beer Garden, Drift on 7th, and Dino’s Grotto are just some of the great options in the lively Shaw neighborhood. There is also a Potbelly’s and Starbucks right on campus on Georgia Avenue.
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 new African American History museum just opened recently as well as the National Portrait Gallery, which is located across the street from the arena, are great choices.
The band and the cheerleaders do a great job, but the overall fan experience can feel more like a high school atmosphere. The four bleachers, separated by a track, do not do much in keeping the atmosphere to the way it should be.
There is a general lack of fan excitement, but the team is doing well so that may change soon.
Shaw is not the easiest part of DC to get to, but it’s not too bad if you plan ahead carefully.
The Metro is frustratingly overpriced compared to systems in other cities. But it really does get you to nearly all parts of the city, except for Georgetown. Just be careful on weekends when trains run less often or are in single track mode, as you may encounter some extended wait times. The closest stop is Shaw-Howard U on the Green Line.
There are various parking lots and garages around and near campus. I had no problem finding a decently priced metered space near the southern part of the campus. Expect parking to be more problematic during the annual Homecoming Game.
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General Admission tickets cost $20 and that gets you a seat anywhere in the stadium, with the exception of the home side between the 40’s. Those tickets will cost more.
The Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band is the official marching band at the school. The band, along with its featured auxiliary, the “Ooh La La!” dance team, always provides a great show.
The Howard University Cheerleaders are a great squad that does its best to get the crowd going.
William H. Greene Stadium is a pretty basic stadium that can often seem not much more than a high school level experience. But the many extras that go along with a high level HBCU program is worth the price of admission alone.
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The Bison of Howard University, located in Washington D.C., play their home games on-campus at William H. Greene Stadium. The Bison are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and play in the Football Championship Subdivision. Greene Stadium is a multi-purpose facility that plays home to not only the football team, but also to men’s and women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse. The stadium opened in 1986 and currently has both a capacity of just over 7,000 and an artificial grass surface. Howard University is a private university that opened in 1867 and boasts many notable alumni, including Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, and David Dinkins.