Georgetown Prep dedicates new stadium named for late Arizona Cardinals owner and alumnus William V. Bidwill

Relatively few people associate Georgetown Preparatory School as a boarding school, but the North Bethesda school’s opening of a new football stadium hearkened back to the all-male school’s foundations. Founded in 1789 by Bishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States, Georgetown Prep did not admit day students until the 1940s.

Dedicated on Nov. 5, the William V. Bidwill ’49 Stadium at historic Fegan-Galvin Field hosts Hoya football games, in addition to lacrosse and soccer matches. Bidwill, who died in 2019, was a Chicago-born boarding student at Prep and kicker and fullback on the varsity football team who later become owner of the St. Louis and Arizona Cardinals NFL team. The franchise started in Chicago and moved south to St. Louis before its 1988 move to its current Arizona home.

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