In an urban setting with so much going on, DePaul students don't usually make going to athletic events their first priority on the weekend. The Blue Crew, a student fan club at DePaul, holds a lot of different events on campus and gives away free things during games, but school spirit tends to be much lower than it would be at a more traditional university. A main issue is that men’s basketball, the most popular sport, doesn't play its home games on campus or anywhere reachable via CTA. The lack of school spirit is exacerbated by the fact that a large part of DePaul's basketball season takes place during the University's six-week-long winter break between Thanksgiving and New Year. The Blue Crew provides student fan buses that travel to and from Allstate Arena, but it takes a little advanced planning. It is free for students to go to all home athletic events and a discount rate is offered for guests. The women's team, which plays on campus at McGrath Arena, usually draws in a bigger crowd of students and locals.
Sporting events other than basketball are held in Lincoln Park, but are not very well advertised on campus, so most of these games are not well attended. Most student support is directed toward Chicago’s professional teams or the teams of the major surrounding cities. But, if you are dying to catch a DePaul game, most of the local bars are great about showing the games on television, and this atmosphere is generally a lot more fun. Plus, you'll encounter more fans in your age bracket than you will at the actual games.