On the rise at Gustavus are the men's and women's club sports that include rugby and ultimate Frisbee. Often they will get fans and spectators at the home games when there isn't much else to do on a Sunday afternoon. School-sponsored sports are Division III, but it doesn't stop the turnout for home games. While it may be tradition to lose at Homecoming, the football team garners support from both faculty and students alike who deep down know they are unlikely to see a conference title. It isn't a surprise for the hockey teams to win the conference, though. They're supported by a strong fan base with high expectations. The athletic tradition has a long history that reflects the number of conference titles in Gustavus' trophy cases.
Gustavus prides itself in the hockey, golf, and tennis programs for both men and women, but this doesn't mean that basketball and others are forgotten. In the past, the Gustavus women's basketball team has ranked near the top in the conference, along with the swimming and diving teams and softball. The men's basketball and soccer teams have also ranked ahead of others in the conference. In regards to the College's main sporting events, it's safe to say that almost every graduating senior has been to at least one hockey game. Men's and women's hockey teams are serious at Gustavus because of the school's reputation and simply because it's in Minnesota where the winters are long, cold, and dark.