College Stadium Review: Verizon Center

The Georgetown Hoyas are one of the elite programs in college basketball. They have been to the NCAA Tournament 27 times, with 26 of those being since 1975. They won the NCAA Tournament in 1984 and were the runner-up in 1943, 1982 and 1985. They also went to the Final Four in 2007 and have been to the Sweet Sixteen 11 times and the Elite Eight nine times.

Georgetown plays their home games at Verizon Center

Georgetown plays their home games at Verizon Center

Some of the greats to play for the Hoyas include Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Sleepy Floyd, Reggie Williams, Dikembe Motumbo, Jerome Williams, Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe, Otto Porter,Othello Harrington and many more.

Georgetown has played in some of the most memorable NCAA Final Four games in Tournament history. The 1982 Championship Game against North Carolina featured some of the game’s greatest players including Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Ewing. The game is remembered for the Fred Brown pass to a Carolina player in the waning seconds. The Hoyas were wearing a light gray uniform and it was difficult to tell the difference with his peripheral vision between that and the Carolina Blue.

In 1985, the Hoyas were ranked #1 and were an overwhelming favorite to win back to back championships when they faced the eighth seed Villanova Wildcats. In the championship game at Rupp Arena, the Wildcats who had lost three previous times to the Hoyas, played a nearly flawless game and upset Georgetown in one of the biggest upsets in sports history.

The Hoyas were an integral part of the famed Big East Conference when it became one of the greatest conferences in the game over a 30 year stretch. The Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden was one of the most anticipated events each year on the sports calendar, and Georgetown was a major reason.

Football, with its ever changing system in deciding a national champion, ruined the Big East as many college sports programs were forced to change conferences to help their football teams. Schools that made the Big East so powerful, such as Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Connecticut, left for other conferences.

But Georgetown is still one of the premier college basketball programs in the nation and the Big East still has a lot of great basketball teams in it. Villanova, Xavier, Butler, Creighton, Marquette, DePaul, Seton Hall and Providence make up the Big East now. There is a lot of great history with those schools.

The Hoyas play their home games at the Verizon Center. The Verizon Center opened in 1997 and is not only the home of the Hoyas, but also the Washington Wizards, Mystics and Capitals. The Verizon Center hold over 20,000 fans, making it one of the largest arenas in college basketball.

This is NBA quality seating and concessions for a great college basketball program. A Hoyas game at the Verizon Center is one of the best times a fan can have at a college basketball game. If you consider yourself a “foodie” you may want to go to the game just so you can eat. Chili, pizza, Dunkin Donuts, Frito pies, Pepsi products and beer are some of the tasty items you can enjoy while watching the game.

The students keep the atmosphere loud and proud as you would expect from such a storied program. Who will be the next great NBA stars to come out of Georgetown? They are likely on this season’s team.

The Hoyas home schedule this year includes Radford, Wisconsin, Syracuse, UNC Wilmington, UNC Asheville, Marquette, DePaul, Villanova, Creighton, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Xavier, Butler and more.

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