Hampton Pirates and Lady Pirates

The Hampton Pirates and Lady Pirates refer to the sports teams representing Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in intercollegiate athletics. The Pirates and Lady Pirates compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Big South Conference.[1]

Hampton Pirates
UniversityHampton University
ConferenceBig South Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorNovelle Dickenson
LocationHampton, Virginia
Varsity teams15
Football stadiumArmstrong Stadium
Basketball arenaHampton Convocation Center
ColorsReflex Blue and White

The Pirates were previously members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference between 1995 and 2018.


Men's sports Women's sports
Cross countryCross country
Track and fieldTrack and field
Co-ed sports
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
‡ – Sailing is not sanctioned by the NCAA.


Hampton has two main rivals:

Howard University, also known as The Real HU (Howard-Hampton) Rivalry

Norfolk State University, also known as the Battle of the Bay (Hampton–Norfolk State)

During Hampton's switch from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to the Big South Conference, both rivalries were put on hold. In September of 2019, Hampton will revive their Rivalry with Howard during the Chicago Football Classic. The Rivalry with Norfolk has yet to be determined.

Conference Switch

A member of the Big South Conference, Hampton sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports. The school also sponsors a co-ed varsity sailing team, but sailing is not an NCAA sanctioned sport. The lacrosse team competes as an independent.

On November 16, 2017, Hampton announced they would be leaving the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to join the Big South Conference. Hampton is one of two Division I HBCU (after Tennessee State University of the Ohio Valley Conference) to be a member of a conference other than the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference or Southwestern Athletic Conference.[2]'


  1. http://www.meacsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=20800&ATCLID=1506257
  2. "Hampton is leaving MEAC to join the Big South". USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
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