ODU Football Facts: Did you know?

  • ODU had a thriving football team in the 1930's, when they were still a division of William and Mary.
  • They were called the "Braves."



  • The first game was played on September 26, 1930 against Suffolk High School. Suffolk High won 7-0. Most of their early games were against high schools, other 2-year schools, and military and apprentice schools.
  • Foreman Field was named after Norfolk attorney, Alvin Herbert Foreman, and was dedicated in 1936.
  • The Norfolk Braves played against the University of Miami Hurricanes in 1932. The Braves lost 6-2.
    (Read Dr. Tonelson's recollection of how this game happened.)


  • During their 10 years the Braves won 62 games, lost 19, and tied 4.


  • The Norfolk Division football team was discontinued in 1941 due to Southern Conference eligibility and funding concerns.


  • Several attempts have been made to revive the football team in decades past.


  • On June 14, 2005, the ODU Board of Visitors unanimously approved a plan to begin NCAA Div. I-AA football at a remodeled Foreman Field.


  • Undefeated since 1941, ODU football will begin again on September 5, 2009 with its first game against Chowan University.


  • Special Collections has scrapbooks, photos, and other resources available to anyone researching the history of ODU Football

An exhibit of the Old Dominion University Libraries. Fall 2009