Cal Poly is a Division I-AA school, but many people probably don't know that. It’s not that Poly students don’t care for athletics. In fact, they care most about playing them rather than watching from the stands. There are two main exceptions to this: the Cal Poly versus UC Davis football game and the Cal Poly versus UC Santa Barbara soccer game. The soccer game in particular has had record attendance and always draws a packed stadium. The rest of the games, though, are by no means sold-out events. Games are fun to attend, and many include performances by the cheer and dance teams as well as the marching band.
Intramural sports are becoming increasingly popular, and the recreation center offers a wide variety of mini-tournaments to participate in. Sign-ups for these usually fill up within 10 minutes. There are generally a few sports to sign up for, and students can choose their level of competition: Division I, Division II, or Division III (ranging from most to least competitive, respectively).