In one of the biggest announcements for Georgetown Football in the Patriot League era, University officials announced that the September 30 game with Harvard has been moved to RFK Stadium.
I am very excited to have the opportunity for our student-athletes to play in historic RFK Stadium against a quality Ivy League opponent in Harvard University," said head coach Rob Sgarlata in a GUHoyas.com release. "We constantly talk about Defending the District and are committed to recruiting the local student-athletes from the talent-rich DMV area. This game will provide an incredible opportunity to showcase our program while competing against one of the top academic and athletic programs in the country. I am looking forward to seeing the local and national Hoya football family at RFK for the game."
"It is great to be playing at RFK Stadium in one my favorite and most historic cities on the continent," said Harvard coach Tim Murphy
The game marks Georgetown's first off-campus home game in 67 years. The Hoyas lost 7-6 to George Washington at Griffith Stadium on November 25, 1950.
"The historic stadium provides an enhanced platform for these student-athletes to have an experience that will last a lifetime and we're happy to partner with Georgetown and Harvard to create memories for the players, students, alumni and fans," said Erik Moses, senior vice president and managing director of Events DC, which manages the stadium and the nearby DC Armory.
While the game will not reach RFK's capacity (45,696), there are opportunities to reach a larger segment of fans than those who see the Hoyas on-campus, and to provide tailgating opportunities not available in the Georgetown area. RFK Stadium is located on the Metrorail Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines, and includes more than 8,000 parking spaces adjacent to the stadium at 23rd and East Capitol Street.
Tickets are favorably priced at $7 and $12 and are available through Ticketmaster.
With less than 60 days to its September 30 meeting with Harvard, Georgetown has a lot of work to do to sell seats at RFK Stadium. The return of the Third Rail Blog provides some ideas and offers lively discussion.
Georgetown's top 10 home crowds to date have all been in the era prior to 1950. Its largest on-campus crowd was on November 20, 1965, where a crowd of 9,002 packed Kehoe Field to see Georgetown play Fordham.
Owing to the size of Cooper Field, the nation's smallest Division I stadium, Georgetown has not played before more than 3,500 since the unfinished structure was erected in 2005.
|11/16/1929||T||0||0||West Virginia||Griffith Stadium||20,000|
|10/17/1941||W||25||0||George Washington||Griffith Stadium||18,000|
|10/28/1939||W||7||0||George Washington||Griffith Stadium||17,500|
|11/2/1946||W||18||6||George Washington||Griffith Stadium||16,556|
|10/4/1946||L||0||6||Wake Forest||Griffith Stadium||16,000|
|10/19/1940||W||46||4||Virginia Tech||Griffith Stadium||15,000|
|11/23/1940||W||8||0||George Washington||Griffith Stadium||14,000|
Without fanfare, the Patriot League announced its pre-season poll and team, where Georgetown and Lafayette tied for last in the poll.
With a dwindling number of media outlets covering the teams, the annual event at the Green Pond Country Club near Allentown, PA was downgraded to a media release. The poll, held among seven head coaches and seven sports information directors, is as follows:
1. Lehigh, 70 points (11 first-place votes)
2. Fordham, 61 (3)
3. Colgate, 54
4. Holy Cross, 39
5. Bucknell, 36
T6. Lafayette, 17
T6. Georgetown, 17
Georgetown LB J'Von Butler was named to the pre-season all-defensive team, while DL Khristian Tate was named as a special teams selection. Lehigh and Fordham accounted for 16 of the 28 players selected, followed by four from Colgate, three from Bucknell, two each from Georgetown and Lafayette, and one from Holy Cross.
Here's the rundown of Georgetown's previous finishes in the PL pre-season polls:
|2001||8th of 8 (14 votes)||8th|
|2002||8th of 8 (20 votes)||7th|
|2003||7th of 8 (28 votes)||8th|
|2004||7th of 7 (23 votes)||7th|
|2005||7th of 7 (15 votes)||6th|
|2006||7th of 7 (13 votes)||7th|
|2007||7th of 7 (14 votes)||6th|
|2008||7th of 7 (16 votes)||7th|
|2009||7th of 7 (12 votes)||7th|
|2010||6th of 6 (12 votes)||4th|
|2011||5th of 6 (19 votes)||2nd|
|2012||4th of 6 (32 votes)||3rd|
|2013||5th of 6 (26 votes)||5th|
|2014||7th of 7 (12 votes)||7th|
|2015||7th of 7 (13 votes)||6th|
|2016||7th of 7 (17 votes)||7th|
|2017||Tied for 6th of 7 (17 votes)||--|
On Friday, the Big Green Alert site took a look at recruits by state among Ivy league schools, with 45 players coming from Texas and Florida combined. How do the numbers compare in the Patriot League?
More than half of the 151 incoming PL freshmen come from just five states:
Overall, 30 states are represented across the seven schools:
Whether a function of demographics, competition, or the lack of scholarship offers available from Georgetown versus those now offered from other schools, Georgetown's traditional returns from the Mid-Atlantic states have given way to more talent from the South and Southwest. Here's a look at the Georgetown freshman classes by state for the 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007, and 2017 seasons:
|District of Columbia||1||1||1||3|
An early pre-season look by Street & Smith's Magazine places the start of 2017 along the lines of the 2016 finish:
4. Holy Cross