Georgetown Hoyas Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Ed Cooley

Team Mascot: Jack the Bulldog

Year Opened: 1997

Capacity: 20356

City / State: Washington / District of Columbia

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Georgetown vs Villanova

Rival Team: Villanova Wildcats

The Hoyas and Wildcats have a fierce rivalry that was fostered in the original Big East and continues today. The biggest matchup in the history of the Georgetown-Villanova rivalry occurred in 1985 NCAA Championship game when the Wildcats upset the high-powered Hoyas 66-64. Don’t miss it when the Wildcats come to town as you’ll be in for a treat whenever Georgetown and Villanova square off.

Georgetown vs St. John’s

Rival Team: St John's Red Storm

Both Georgetown and St. John’s are part of the “Catholic 7” and have had a longstanding rivalry since the 1980s when both schools were among the best in the country. The two teams have met many times in the Big East and NCAA Tournaments, although there are always plenty of bragging rights on the line when these two meet. If you’re looking to attend an intense matchup, then get tickets to a Georgetown-St. John’s game.

Georgetown vs UConn

Rival Team: Connecticut Huskies

The rivalry between the Hoyas and the Huskies dates back to 1958. However, things didn’t really heat up until the two schools became members of the Big East in 1979. The rivalry was always one of the best in the Big East, and even with UConn’s departure in 2013, the matchups between these two are still intense. Make sure to get tickets when UConn is in town as there is lots of bad blood between these two rivals.

Georgetown Hoyas Stadium Guide

In Game

A Georgetown Hoyas basketball game is an excellent opportunity to see a topnotch college basketball game at a world class arena. The Hoyas are consistently one of the best teams in college hoops and have a strong following, so even though the team plays in an NBA arena, you’ll still get an exciting atmosphere that you’d find in an on-campus venue.

Hoyas fans come out in large numbers to support their team, which goes a long way in making a Georgetown basketball game an exciting event. In addition to the raucous student section who will serenade you with their “Saxa Hoya” cheer, the Capital One Arena is also home to an outstanding pep band and cheer squad. The pep band and cheer squad along with the rowdy students give the Capital One Arena an entirely different and more collegiate feel when attending a Hoyas basketball game.

The Capital One Arena is located right near the many museums as well as Chinatown district of D.C., so you won’t have to go far to get to the game if you’re already visiting the city. The area around the Capital One Arena is home to many shops and restaurants as well, and Gallery Place is located right behind sections 120 and 121 of the Capital One Arena. At Gallery Place you’ll find numerous bars and restaurants as well as a movie theater and bowling alley, so make sure to check it out before or after the game.

You’ll have an excellent time attending a Georgetown basketball game where the Hoyas fans and spirit fans manage to turn the Capital One Arena into a topnotch college hoops facility.

Things to check out

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille

The Green Turtle is located just beyond the Verizon Center’s main concourse and is the perfect place to grab something to eat or drink before, during, or after the game. It was the first official sports bar in the Gallery Place/Chinatown District and is still fan favorite to this day.

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Gallery Place

Gallery Place is your one stop shop for pregame and postgame entertainment. Inside Gallery Place, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained as not only are there a variety of bars and restaurants, but the facility is also home to a movie theater and bowling alley.

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Historical Exhibits

All around the concourse you’ll find exhibits dedicated to the histories of the Georgetown Hoyas, Washington Wizards, and Washington Capitals. There is plenty to see on the concourse so arrive early and walk the concourse to take it all in.

Championship Banners

Take a minute to view the banners hanging from the rafters of the Verizon Center. The banners honor lots of Wizards, Capitals, and Hoyas teams including Georgetown’s 1984 national championship team.

Jack the Bulldog

Jack the Bulldog is the official mascot of the Georgetown Hoyas. Jack has been the name of the bulldog since 1962, and he is a big part of a Georgetown basketball game. The Hoyas also have a costumed version of Jack who entertains the crowd throughout the game, so keep your eyes peeled for both mascots as you wouldn’t want to miss either.

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Pep Band

The pep band does an excellent job of bringing life to the Verizon Center with their music. The band plays a variety of Georgetown school songs including “There Goes Old Georgetown” as well as contemporary music, so enjoy the atmosphere provided by the pep band at the game.

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Cheer and Dance Teams

The cheer and dance teams keep the energy in the Verizon Center high during timeouts and other stoppages in play. You’ll remain entertained throughout the game thanks to the fantastic routines of the Georgetown cheer and dance teams.

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Fight Songs

  1. “There Goes Old Georgetown”

    It’s been so long since last we met
    Lie down forever, lie down
    Oh, have you any money to bet
    Lie down forever, lie down!

    There goes old…Georgetown
    Straight for a…touchdown
    See how they…gain ground
    Lie down forever, lie down
    Lie down forever, lie down!

    Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Hurrah for Georgetown
    Cheer for victory today
    ‘Ere the sun has sunk to rest,
    In the cradle of the west
    In the clouds will proudly float the Blue and Gray.

    We’ve heard those loyal fellows up at Yale
    Brag and boast about their ‘Boola-Boola’
    We’ve heard the Navy yell, we’ve listened to Cornell
    We’ve heard the sons of Harvard tell
    How Crimson lines could hold them
    ‘Choo! Choo! Rah! Rah!’, dear to Holy Cross
    The proud old Princeton tiger is never at a loss
    But the yell of all the yells,
    The yell that wins the day
    Is the ‘HOYA, HOYA SAXA!’ of the dear old Blue and Gray.

    (Repeat First Two Verses)

  2. Georgetown Alma Mater

    Hail, oh Georgetown, Alma Mater,
    Swift Potomac’s lovely daughter,
    Ever watching by the water,
    Smiles on us today.
    Now her children gather ’round her,
    Lo, with garlands they have crowned her,
    Reverent hands and fond enwound her,
    With the Blue and Gray.

    Wave her colors ever,
    Furl her standards never,
    But raise it high,
    And proudly cry,
    May Georgetown live forever.

    Where Potomac’s tide is streaming,
    From her spires and steeples beaming,
    See the grand old banner gleaming:
    Georgetown’s Blue and Gray.

    Throned on hills beside the river,
    Georgetown sees it flow forever,
    Sees the ripples shine and shiver,
    Watching night and day.
    And each tender breeze upspringing,
    Rarest woodland perfumes bringing,
    All its folds to fullness flinging,
    Flaunts the Blue and Gray.

  3. Hoya Saxa

    You’ll hear the “Hoya Saxa” call and response cheer at every Georgetown basketball game. The cheer has been part of Georgetown tradition since before 1893 and is an excellent way to show off your Hoyas pride at a game. Join in on the Hoya Saxa chant to be a part of the atmosphere at a Georgetown basketball game.

    Hoya Saxa!

Georgetown Hoyas Bars & Restaurants

  1. Penn Social

    Penn Social

    Lively bar with a patio offering pub grub & live bands, plus trivia, dancing & more.

    801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  2. Clyde’s of Gallery Place


    Long-running local chain serving classic American dishes & cocktails in a traditional setting.

    707 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Pi Pizzeria

    Pi Pizzeria

    Home of irrationally delicious deep dish and thin cornmeal crust pizza, and prime craft beers.

    910 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - $$