The Hampton Pirates' history goes back to 1902. While the team has competed in various conferences, the 2019 football season will bring change. The Pirates will begin their journey as part of the Big South. The team plays its home games at Armstrong Stadium in Hampton, Va. The stadium can seat around 17,000 fans. The Pirates have won seven Historically Black College University (HBCU) National Championships. The team's first one dates back to 1922 when the Pirates played in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The Pirates won the last HBCU championship in 2006 as part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The Pirates reached a peak from 2004 to 2007, winning three MEAC Championships and three SBN Sports Black College Football National Championships. Robert Prunty took over as head coach in 2018. Under his direction, the Pirates had a record of 7–3. Prunty will begin his second season for the 2019 season, giving him a chance to make history as the Pirates move to the Big South conference for a new challenge. Watch a Hampton Pirates football game when you buy your tickets at StubHub, the world's largest online ticket marketplace.
Why did the Hampton Pirates football team change conferences?
William Harvey, the president of Hampton, said he wanted the university to compete in a more visible conference that focused on academics and the needs of student-athletes. By joining the Big South, the school's athletic programs will travel less, allowing students to spend more time in classes. The Pirates will still be part of many thrilling games against more local opponents, exciting students, alumni and fans.
What type of atmosphere should I expect at a Hampton Pirates football game?
The Pirates play at Armstrong Stadium. In addition to an excited fan base, the games also feature live entertainment at halftime. Look for the school's marching band, the Marching Force, to enhance school spirit as it entertains the crowd at home games. Come prepared by wearing the school colors of reflex blue and white and join in the excitement.
Who are some of the Hampton Pirates football team's main rivals?
While new rivalries may emerge as the Pirates start their first year in the Big South, fans have enjoyed the Pirates' competition with the Norfolk State Spartans in a classic matchup known as the Battle of the Bay. In addition, fans look forward to Hampton's competition with Howard University. In 2019, fans will see the Hampton-Howard matchup on Sept. 14 as part of the annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field. This game marks the return of Hampton to this competition. The team last played at the Chicago Classic in 2011 when the Pirates narrowly beat the Alabama A&M Bulldogs by one point in a 21–20 victory.
What teams will the Hampton Pirates ball team play with home-field advantage?
Will Hampton only play games in the Big South this year?
Hampton athletic director Eugene Marshall said he wanted to move the athletic department forward while honoring its past. For fans, this means the Pirates will play a more diversified schedule from previous years. The Pirates will still play four non-conference games against HBCUs. The Pirates will have home-field advantage against Elizabeth City State and Virginia Union. Both of these schools play in the CIAA. For Hampton's third game, the Pirates will play Howard.
Which team will the Hampton Pirates football team play first in its new conference?
The Pirates' first Big South game will take place on their turf on Oct. 5, 2019. The team will play the North Alabama Lions, a team that will also be playing its first game as part of that conference.Back to Top
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