The winner of the annual Delaware-Villanova rivalry game takes home the Battle of the Blue Trophy. The two teams first met on the football field in 1895. However, the rivalry didn’t become a regular fixture until the 1960s. The Wildcats hold a 28-21-1 record in the all-time series, and you won’t want to miss it when the Wildcats try to extend their lead.
Only 15 miles separate Temple and Villanova meaning you’ll find a lot of fans of both teams when these two-Philadelphia area teams meet. The rivalry between Temple and Villanova began in 1928, and you’ll be in for a good matchup whenever these two square off. The all-time series is tied at 15-15-2, so don’t miss it when the Wildcats take on the Owls.
Villanova Wildcats Tailgate Guide
Villanova may not be renown for its tailgating, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a great time tailgating before a Wildcats game. In recent years, Villanova has made great strides when it comes to tailgating in large part thanks to the efforts of the Villanova Football Club. Tailgating here has really kicked up making it a must do when attending any Wildcats football game.
Lots A-1 and A-2 are where you’ll find the majority of the action on game days, so even if you don’t have a parking pass for either of these lots stop by and take part in the festivities. Everyone here is very friendly and happy to help spread the tailgating cheer surrounding Villanova football.
You’ll also want to keep an eye and ear out for spirit group performances before the game as they’re a fun part of the pregame festivities.
Tailgating is a can’t-miss part of any Wildcats game, so arrive early and enjoy all the pregame festivities outside Villanova Stadium.
A-1 and A-2 Parking LotsIf you want to check out some of the best tailgates at Villanova, then head over to these two lots before the game. Here you’ll find the biggest and best tailgates on Saturdays, and at a few games these are the only lots tailgating is allowed. Reserve a spot in one of these lots for a fun day of tailgating before the game.
S-5 Parking LotFor some of the bigger games, like homecoming, tailgating is also allowed in the S-5 Parking Lot. If you’re attending one of those games and you can’t get a spot in A-1 or A-2, then set up shop here.
Villanova Wildcats Stadium Guide
You won’t mistake a Villanova game for an LSU game anytime soon. However, you’ll still find a fun atmosphere inside Villanova Stadium.
Fans pack the stands to show their support for the Wildcats and all throughout the game you’ll hear them cheering on ‘Nova. The fans here live and die with this team creating a fun atmosphere that while it can’t rival the one found in The Pavilion during basketball season is still a fun one to be a part of. Come prepared to cheer on the Wildcats as one of the best things about attending a Villanova football game is the camaraderie and sense of belonging among fans.
In addition to the atmosphere of the crowd, you’ll also enjoy the performances of the Villanova Band, Will D. Cat, and the cheerleaders. All three put on fantastic shows throughout the game making them can’t-miss parts of any Wildcats game.
Finally, if you get into the stadium early, stop by and see the statue of legendary Villanova track coach James Jumbo Elliott. The statue does an excellent job of honoring the fantastic coach and is a must-see for any longtime Wildcats fan.
A trip to Villanova is a pleasant trip for any FCS football fan, so start planning your visit to Villanova today.
Make sure to check out the statue of legendary Villanova track coach Jumbo Elliott. The statue is a must-see for any longtime ‘Nova athletics fan, so don’t miss it during your trip to Villanova Stadium.
If you’re taking the kids to the game, then make sure to stop by the kids area near the fieldhouse. Here you’ll find all kinds of kids activities including football related games, so stop by and check it out.
Will D. Cat is the official mascot of the Villanova Wildcats and can be seen at every ‘Nova football game. He gets into all kinds of antics and is loved by fans, so keep your eyes peeled for Will D. Cat at the game.
The Villanova Band does an excellent job of creating an intense in-game atmosphere. The band kicks things off before the game with their pregame show. After that, they keep the tempo high by instructing fans when to perform specific chants. The Villanova Band is a big part of any Villanova football game, so enjoy their performance.
Like the Villanova Band, the Villanova cheerleaders are also an integral part of the in-game experience. The cheerleaders lead the crowd in a variety of cheers, so make sure to join in the cheers and aid the Wildcats in their quest for victory.
“V” for Villanova, “V” for Victory
“B” for Blue and “W” for White
For the Blue and the White we will fight!
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Fight for Villanova, Fight for Victory
For we’re out to win the fray;
Villanova leads the way,
With a capital “V” for Victory.
For we’re out to beat the foe
Show the en-e-my we know
how to win with a “V” for Victory.
“V” for Vic-tor-y, V-I-C-T-O-R-Y
It’s a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye,
and a “V” for a V-I-C-T-O-R-Y
March of the Wildcats
March, you Wildcats – march right on
We are put to win the day
We’ll march straight through to victory
So onward let us go – Rah! Rah!
Let us fight, fight, fight, fight, fight!
Villanovans one and all
Join to sing a praise to Alma Mater
Hail, Blue and White.
When the twilight shadows gather
Out upon the Campus green,
When the blue and purple night
Comes stealing on the scene
Loyal heirs of Villanova
Sing a hymn of praise
To our dear old ALMA MATER
And our College days.
When we leave your shelt’ring walls,
We shall leave an echo ringing
Through your treasured halls
We will leave an echo ringing
In the silent night
While our memories are singing
Of the Blue and White
When the last big game is over
And the last roll call is heard
When the oldest pedagogue
Has had the final word
We shall come to ALMA MATER
In our dreams again
With prayer for Villanova
And a sweet amen.
The cheerleaders instruct half of the student section to yell, “Nova!” and the other, “Nation!” The cheer is a great way to show off your Villanova spirit, so join in and give the Wildcats as much support as possible.