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Georgetown has played two games indoors, both at Convention Hall in Atlantic City.

History & Tradition: Stadia Of Geortgeown

Be it ever so humble...

Much like its basketball team, Georgetown has played at a variety of on-campus and off-campus football stadia over the years, most due to a lack of available facilities at the time. Lacking the grandeur of more established college venues, the Hoyas have seen action on a number of Washington-based gridirons over the years.

For a peek at past and future proposed facilities at Georgetown, visit this link.


1. Old Georgetown Field (1889-90)


 

 
Present site: White Gravenor Hall, Copley Lawn
37th and 0 Streets, N.W.

Opened: ~1870
Closed: 1893
Turf: Grass
Capacity: ~1,000
Largest Crowd: Unknown


The first two seasons of Georgetown varsity football do not list any home field; it can be presumed that games were held on campus but the game accounts located do not, as yet, confirm this. Games were confirmed at the old college baseball field (which lacked permanent seating) in the 1889 and 1890 seasons. The field was eventually razed to construct the "new" Georgetown Field in 1894. (Photo Credit: Georgetown University)


2. National Park (1891-93)


(aka Boundary Field, American League Park)
 

 
Present site: Howard University Hospital
7th and Florida Avenue, N.W.

Capacity: 6,500
Built: 1890
Closed: 1911
Turf: Grass
Capacity: 6,500
Largest Crowd: 10,000 (Nov. 29, 1894 vs. Columbia A.C.)

Not to be confused with the present home of the Washington Nationals, National Park was built to replace "Capitol Park", a 1,500 seat field built for the Washington Nationals in the Swampoodle neighborhood of Northeast Washington, near the current site of Union Station (Georgetown played a handful of games at Capitol Park as a visiting team to local clubs.)

In addition to college football, National Park served as the home of D.C. baseball in the National League through 1900 and in the American League through the 1911 season, when a fire razed the grandstand. It was rebuilt as Griffith Stadium. (Photo Credit: Google Images)


3. Georgetown Field (1894-1920)


(aka Varsity Field)
 

 
Present site: White Gravenor Hall, Copley Lawn
37th and 0 Streets, N.W.

Built: 1894
Closed: 1930
Turf: Grass
Capacity: ~5,000
Largest Crowd: 10,000 (Nov. 15, 1913 vs. Virginia)

The cost of off-campus rent for National Park led Georgetown officials to return home in the 1894 season and construct a suitable "multi-sport" facility for football and baseball on the site of its old ballpark. The 6,000 seat Georgetown Field hosted baseball and football events at the Hilltop for three decades, with easy access to the streetcar lines that ran to the campus gates. Among the more famous guests to the field was Jim Thorpe, whose Carlisle teams swept Georgetown in 1911 and 1912. (Photo Credit: Georgetown University)


4. Griffith Stadium (1921-1950)


(aka American League Park)
 

 
Present site: Howard University Hospital
7th and Florida Avenue, N.W.

Built: 1911
Closed: 1965
Turf: Grass
Capacity: 32,000
Largest Crowd: 25,000 (Sept. 26, 1941 vs. Mississippi)

Georgetown enjoyed its greatest fame while playing at Griffith Stadium, home to the American League Senators and the NFL's Washington Redskins. The Hoyas won 23 of 26 at Griffith from 1925 through 1928 and a perfect 17-0 from the 1938 through 1941 seasons. Drawing as many as 25,000 to a game, attendance declined after World War II, with an average of just 6,000 per game that led to the sport's abrupt cancellation after the 1950 season.(Photo Credit: Google Images)


5. Kehoe Field I (1964-1976)


 

 
Present site: Yates Field House
37th and 0 Streets, N.W.

Built: ~1942
Closed: 1976
Turf: Grass
Capacity: 8,000
Largest Crowd: 9,002 (Nov. 20, 1965 vs. Fordham)

Kehoe Field, the former intramural field, served as the home for the revival of Georgetown football. With stands built by students to accommodate the often oversold Homecoming crowds, Kehoe served as the home for Georgetown football and track events through the 1976 season. (Photo Credit: Georgetown University)


5. Georgetown Baseball Field III

(1977-1978)
 

 
Present site: Rafik B. Hariri Hall
37th and 0 Streets, N.W.

Built: ~1963
Closed: 1999
Turf: Grass
Capacity: Unknown
Largest Crowd: 3,500 (Nov. 4, 1978 vs. St. Francis)

During the 1977 and 1978 seasons, games were rescheduled to the nearby baseball field while the Kehoe Field/Yates Field House construction was under construction. Seating capacity is unknown and many fans took advantage of the natural bowl of the field to enjoy the games. (Photo Credit: Georgetown University)


5. Kehoe Field II (1979-2002)


 

 
Present site: Roof of Yates Field House
37th and 0 Streets, N.W.

Built: 1979
Closed: 2002
Turf: Astroturf
Capacity: 2,000
Largest Crowd: 5,000 (Oct. 27, 1979 vs. St. John's)

With campus space at a premium and dwindling football attendance in Division III, the decision was made to raze Kehoe Field and place an Astroturf field on the roof of the new Yates Field House. Opening for the 1979 season, attendance was restricted to one side of the field for safety reasons and for the first three seasons of the facility, bleachers were actually taken down after each season so as not to compromise the structural integrity of the roof.

The move to Division I-AA made Kehoe obsolete, and the team ended play there after the 2002 season. The northern third of the field was ceded to a soccer field constructed north of the complex (North Kehoe Field), while the rest of the field has been deemed unplayable over safety issues with the Yates roof. (Photo Credit: Georgetown University)


6. Harbin Field (2003-2004)


 

 
Present site: Multi Sport Field
37th and 0 Streets, N.W.

Built: 1994

Closed: 2004
Turf: Grass
Capacity: 2,400
Largest Crowd: 2,874 (Oct. 9, 2004 vs. VMI)

Following the move off Kehoe Field in 2002, games were moved to the Harbin Field soccer facility. This was deemed a temporary move pending the construction of the Multi-Sport Facility.


7. Multi-Sport Field (2005-present)


(aka Harbin Field, Multi-Sport Facility)
 

 
37th and 0 Streets, N.W.

Under construction since 2005
Turf: SportTurf
Capacity: 2,400 (temporary seating only)
Largest Crowd: 3,500 (Sep. 17, 2005 vs. Brown)

Designed as a $22 million, 4,500 seat project in the early 2000's, Georgetown suspended construction during the summer of 2005, leaving a playable field but little else for the Hoyas entering the 2005 season, which has now extended into five more seasons while Georgetown officials seek to revive the project, which has gone through a number of design revisions and institutional reprioritizations. The field, the smallest capacity venue in Division I, is also shared by the men's and women's lacrosse teams in the spring. (Photo Credit: Flickr.com, Creative Commons license)