In Game

Harvard is home to one of the more lively in-game atmospheres in the Ivy League as students and alumni come out in strong numbers to support the Crimson. Just about every Crimson game is near capacity creating a fun atmosphere that will help any neutral get into the game. Whether you’re a Harvard alumni or just someone looking to take in some college hoops in the Boston area, you won’t be able to help but cheer on the Crimson when visiting Lavietes Pavilion.

Like most Ivy League venue, Lavietes Pavilion is a cozy gymnasium that puts you right on top of the action. No matter where you’re sitting, you’ll have a good view of the action and feel a part of the crowd and your surroundings.

During your trip to Harvard take some time to visit Harvard Square and Harvard Yard. Harvard is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Boston, so no trip to Boston is complete without seeing the campus. If you’re looking for a bite to eat or something to drink before or after the game, there are plenty of options nearby including Mr. Bartley’s Burgers and Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub.

A Harvard Crimson basketball game is a fun time for anyone looking to take in some college hoops in the Boston area and presents an excellent opportunity for you to see the famous Harvard campus, so plan your trip today.

Things to check out

Team Photos

In the lobby are photos of every Crimson men’s and women’s basketball team. Stop by and see the photos to remember all of your favorite Harvard basketball players of the past.


The banners hanging above the court celebrate the Crimson’s Ivy League titles, NCAA Tournament appearances, and NIT appearances. Check them out during your visit to remember all of your fondest Harvard basketball memories.

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Pep Band

The pep band is a big part of any Harvard basketball game as they provide the majority of the atmosphere inside Lavietes Pavilion. The band plays a variety of school songs and pop songs, so enjoy their performance during the game.

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Student Section

No one gets behind the Crimson like the student section. No matter what the score, the student section will be on their feet and cheering on the team making them one of the best parts of any Crimson game.

Cheer and Dance Squads

Don’t miss the performances of the Harvard cheer and dance squads during your trip to Lavietes Pavilion. The spirit squads put on impressive routines and will keep you entertained during stoppages in play, so make sure to enjoy the show.

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Fight Songs

  1. “Ten Thousand Men of Harvard”

    Illegitimum non carborundum;
    Domine salvum fac.
    Illegitimum non Carborundum;
    Domine salvum fac.
    Gaudeamus igitur!
    Veritas non sequitur?
    Illegitimum non carborundum — ipso facto!

    Ten thousand men of Harvard want vict’ry today,
    For they know that o’er old Eli
    Fair Harvard holds sway.
    So then we’ll conquer old Eli’s men,
    And when the game ends, we’ll sing again:
    Ten thousand men of Harvard gained vict’ry today!

  2. “Harvardiana”

    With Crimson in triumph flashing
    ‘Mid the strains of victory,
    Poor Eli’s hopes we are dashing
    Into blue obscurity.
    Resistless our team sweeps goalward
    With the fury of the blast;
    We’ll fight for the name of Harvard
    ‘Til the last white line is passed.
    Harvard! Harvard! Harvard!

  3. “Veritas”

    We say hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
    There’s never an Eli can teach us to play!
    Harvard! Harvard! Harvard!
    See how the bleachers blue turn pale with fright;
    Send a cheer across to bleach ’em nice and white!
    Oh, look at the way we smash and rip ’em through
    While the blue bulldog howls “Boo-la, boo-la, boo!”
    Let out your voices now so loud and hale,
    ‘Tis a fun’ral ode we sing to Eli Yale.
    Oh, give us a yell ‘Hi! Hi!’ for Harvard,
    For the Crimson today!

  4. “Score”

    No hope for Eli,
    Here’s where we score!
    Come twist the bulldog’s tail;
    We’ll win once more,
    For Harvard’s back at New Haven;
    Hark to their mournful wail.
    It might be worse, boys, call up a hearse
    For poor old yale!

  5. “Soldiers Field”

    O’er the stands of flaming Crimson
    Harvard banners fly.
    Cheer on cheer like volleyed thunder
    Echo to the sky.
    See the Crimson tide is turning,
    Gaining more and more,
    Then fight! fight! fight! for we win tonight
    Old Harvard forevermore.

  6. “Gridiron King”

    Then hit the line for Harvard,
    For Harvard wins today!
    We will show the sons of Eli
    That the Crimson still holds sway.
    Sweep down the field again,
    Victory or die!
    And we’ll give the grand old cheer boys,
    When the Harvard team goes by.

  7. “Yo-Ho”

    Yo ho! The good ship Harvard
    Is goalward bound again;
    All the crew are at the halyards,
    Here’s a hail for Johnny Harvard’s men!
    Bright Crimson at the forepeak
    Rides high above the foam.
    While we sweep through the deep blue,
    Harvard strikes home!

  8. “Onward Crimson”

    Onward Crimson, staunch defenders
    Of the emblem we hold dear,
    Marching dauntless through the gauntlets
    While the Elis quake with fear!
    Stay the course now, might Crimson,
    For the glory and the pride!
    Undefeated, foes retreated,
    Harvard’s vict’ry sanctified.

  9. “Fair Harvard”

    Fair Harvard! we join in thy jubilant throng,
    And with blessings surrender thee o’er
    By these festival rites, from the age that is past,
    To the age that is waiting before.
    O Relic and type of our ancestors’ worth,
    That hast long kept their memory warm,
    First flow’r of their wilderness! Star of their night!
    Calm rising through change and through storm.

  10. “RAD”

    Oh Radcliffe, our alma mater
    We sing your glories to the sun
    We are your grateful daughters
    Our voices raised as one
    You gave us joys and wisdom
    To set our goals and values true
    Radcliffe, our alma mater
    We pledge our loyalty to you.

  11. “Fight Fiercely Harvard”

    Fight fiercely, Harvard!
    Fight, fight, fight!
    Demonstrate to them our skill.
    Albeit they possess the might,
    Nonetheless we have the will.
    How we shall celebrate our victory?
    We shall invite the whole team
    Up for tea! How jolly!
    Hurl that spheroid down the field
    And fight! Fight! Fight!

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