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Team: Villanova University Wildcats
Sport: NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
National Titles: 1
Conference Titles 6Notable Players: Howie Long, Brian Westbrook, Benjamin Ijalana, Darrel Young, Austin Calitro, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Matt Szczur, Willie Oshodin, Ross Ventrone, George Winslow, Clarence Curry, Brian Finneran, Christian Gaddis and Terry Butler
Villanova Wildcats Football TicketsVillanova has a long and storied tradition that dates to the beginning of college football. Between the team’s founding in 1894 and 1980, Villanova competed as an independent program against the top teams in Division I-A football. Following a brief hiatus in which the school disbanded the football program, head coach Andy Talley took over the revived Villanova team between 1985 and 2016, amassing a school record of 230 wins. During his tenure, the program moved from the Yankee Conference to the Atlantic 10 to the Colonial Athletic Association. In 2009, he led the team to a 14–1 record, culminating in the school’s first ever FCB national championship game appearance in which it defeated Montana 23–21.Wildcat wide receiver and running back Matt Szczur received the MVP award. Both Szczur and quarterback Chris Whitney were voted as first team All-Americans the same year. Purchase Villanova Wildcats tickets at StubHub.
Where does Villanova play?Villanova plays at Villanova Stadium, located on the university’s campus in Villanova, Penn. Opened in 1927, the stadium has a capacity of 12,500. The football team shares the stadium with field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s track and field.
What can I experience at a Villanova game?Villanova game day offers plenty of activities for fans to experience. Approximately two hours before kickoff, you can cheer on the team during the Wildcat Walk in the A-2 parking lot as the players make their way into the stadium accompanied by the marching band, cheerleaders, dance team, twirlers and kick line. Villanova also provides numerous concession options for fans to get a quick pregame meal. A beer garden is open from 90 minutes before kickoff until the end of the third quarter. For a premium experience, the Villanova Football Club is open to all club members beginning three hours before kickoff until the start of the game. Champions Club donors can also attend a pregame reception at the O’Dea Terrace Lounge overlooking the stadium.
How is the Villanova tailgating scene?Tailgating opportunities are extremely limited due to the paucity of surface lot parking. However, a few tailgating spots are available for season ticket holders who have purchased parking passes to the A-2 lot, which will open around four hours before the start of the game. The Football Club also hosts a pregame tailgate for all club members. When Villanova is on the road, fans can attend a special tailgate at a designated time and place. All attendees must register ahead of time and bring their own food and drinks.
Who are Villanova’s biggest rivals?Villanova shares its most intense rivalry with the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Known as the Battle of the Blue, the matchup has taken place more than 50 times since the two teams first met in 1895. Villanova also occasionally matches up with fellow intracity rival the University of Pennsylvania. Following a long hiatus for the rivalry, the two teams have played on a consistent basis since 1999. Finally, Villanova sometimes plays against Division I-A FBS team Temple for the opportunity to claim the Mayor’s Cup. Though the two rivals first met in 1928, they have only played for the trophy since 2009.
What is Villanova’s schedule for 2019?Villanova begins the 2019 season with a nonconference schedule of Colgate, Lehigh and Bucknell. This is followed by a conference schedule of Towson, Maine, William & Mary, James Madison, Stony Brook, New Hampshire and Richmond. Villanova closes out the season with games against nonconference foe Long Island and fellow conference rival Delaware.
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