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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our athletic program has a very rich and successful tradition. Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, and Men's and Women's Track and Field are the programs that have experienced the most success at the school and even in the conference. It attracts students to attend.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports games are definitely attended by a large amount of students, but sports aren't stressed here like they are at said a Big-10 school like University of Michigan. Our sports teams are actually really great. The boys b-ball team recently won a few games for the NCAA tourney.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit is lively and rich especially when the alumnae come.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Team performance is half and half. School spirit and fan support are very good and exciting.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: School pride is major at Hampton University.

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"Move the chains! Touchdown Pirates!" The announcer at every home game announces this after our football has scored. With our university mascot the Pirate and our school colors being reflex blue and white, our athletics are certainly a force to be reckoned with. Athletics is important to student life and alumni. During Homecoming, there is a thick atmosphere of pride and excitement for the football game, which is usually against our rival school, Howard. Students, alumni, faculty, and administration can be seen sporting Greek or Hampton paraphernalia. Football is tackled in Armstrong Stadium and basketball is slam-dunked in our Convocation Center. Hampton Pirates athletics offers six varsity sports for men and eight for women. There has a been a slight decline in school spirit, but gradually it is restoring to what it once was. For recreational purposes, the Holland Gymnasium and Student Center are available for students to use on a daily basis for exercise and pastimes. The Student Center even has a bowling alley!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Pirates
Men Playing Varsity Sports
151 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
100 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Sailing
  • Softball
  • Streetball
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Armstrong Stadium
  • Convocation Center
  • Holland Gym
  • Lady Pirates Softball Stadium
  • Neilson-Screen Stadium
  • Woodlands Golf Course
Most Popular Sports
Football is the most popular HU sport. The next popular is probably men's basketball.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's volleyball and softball teams often complain they don't get much support from students.
School Spirit
Hampton University has some sense of school spirit, though it isn't as dominant here as in other places. HU lacks dominant sports teams that help promote spirit.
Getting Tickets
Hampton University students don't pay to get into games. The cost of games is covered in tuition. For non-students, prices vary for the events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Along the waterside behind the dorms.
Did You Know?
In 2009, the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced that Hampton University is among the 35 Division I member institutions that have been certified.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 153 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 46% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 45% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 153 responses

  • 9% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 24% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 58% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 9% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 152 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 40% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 46% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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