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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball is a big part of campus life at Gonzaga and the basketball games are so much fun and full of so much energy. They are a great way to show school spirit.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The basketball team has a huge turnout and all students watch the games.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Basketball season is the best time to be on campus

4 College Junior

Athletics: We have a lot of great sports teams and a lot of people are involved in intramurals.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Gonzaga has very well known teams, and the athletics programs are very good.


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  • 35th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 48th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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Any student will tell you that basketball is the saving grace of Gonzaga athletics. The men's team is consistently very good, games are raucous and electrifying, and students get in for free—although it's true they must wait in line for at least an hour or two on Sunday nights to ensure a ticket. If you want to be near the floor on game day, you also have to line up outside of the arena hours before the doors open. The wait is worth it: a front-row seat (not that you'd ever sit down) to Gonzaga basketball, with 2,000 rabid students decked out in red, jostling and bellowing at your back. Students turn their backs in disdain as the other team is announced, then run on the court to form a human tunnel for Gonzaga players. Sadly, this passion does not extend itself to other varsity sports.

As for the intramurals, there's an A, B, and C league, so you can pick your level of involvement and competition. There isn't a huge variety of IM sports, but there's enough to keep everyone happy. Essentially, the only ingredient missing from being a great athletic campus is a high-level football team (or any football team). There are T-shirts bearing, "Gonzaga Football: Undefeated Since 1942," but this is putting a good face on a bad situation. Still, there's no way that a Thursday night basketball game against Portland State can compare to a "football Saturday" at Notre Dame.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: West Coast Conference
School Colors
Blue and red
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
170 - 8%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
198 - 8%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball (men's)
  • Cycling
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bench press
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Handball
  • Home run derby
  • Inner tube basketball
  • Pickleball
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • A.M. Corner Practice Facility
  • Charlotte Y. Martin Boathouse
  • Charlotte Y. Martin Centre
  • Circling Raven Golf Club
  • Diedrick/DeLong Athletic Training Room
  • Gonzaga Soccer Field
  • Harry A. Green Indoor Rowing Center
  • Indoor baseball facility
  • Indoor tennis/golf center
  • Josh Burrows Performance Athletic Center
  • McCarthey Athletic Center
  • Mulligan Field
  • Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field
  • Rudolf Fitness Center
  • Spokane Country Club
Most Popular Sports
Gonzaga men's basketball is the sporting event, period. Not just for Gonzaga, but for all of Spokane. Women's basketball is starting to garner more attention.
Most Overlooked Teams
Both the men's and women's crew teams are very good, but few students pay attention.
School Spirit
Gonzaga is not heavy on school spirit. GU students are fiercely loyal to the basketball team, but Gonzaga lacks any great rivalries. Some brave souls will engage in the body-paint-and-drool-and-scream activities that are the hallmark of diehard college sports fans, but the majority of fans prefers to cheer (and perhaps drink). Many students wear Gonzaga apparel and are reasonably proud of their school. However, very few are given to boasting about Gonzaga or dissing other universities. Gonzaga students recognize the flaws of their University, and are sometimes quite critical of them.
Getting Tickets
Men's basketball is the only ticket that is at all difficult to obtain. Ticket distribution happens on Sunday nights and usually requires an hour or two of waiting in line to guarantee a spot. Thankfully, in spite of high demand, stubs for the big game are still free to students. Women's basketball is starting to gain bigger crowds, but never reaches capacity.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Centennial Trail, Manito Park, Riverfront Park

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 0% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 72% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 28% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 56 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 16% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 66% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 57 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 9% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 51% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 40% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).



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