With the recent addition of the top-of-the-line Leonard Center to Macalester’s ever-expanding and ever-renovating campus, there has been a resurgence of sports-oriented activities on campus. The athletic center has steadily become a huge draw for anyone interested in pursuing sports while attending a school that focuses on high academic standards. Students can sign up or try out for varsity and intramural sports teams, no matter the skill level. However, many of the varsity teams at Macalester do very well in their division, so do try to brush up on your athletic skills before, during, and after tryouts.
In addition to the Leonard Center, there is also a main stadium for sporting events like football, rugby, soccer, and track; plus, there are tennis courts and baseball fields with seating areas, as well. No need to pay for a ticket at a Macalester sporting event—they’re usually free. Often, sporting events serve as great bonding time for students shivering in the cold stands, drinking the goose bumps away, and shouting the traditional (if unconventional and raunchy) Macalester chants to egg on their teams to victory. For anyone in search of professional sports, Minnesota is home to the Twins (baseball), Vikings (football), Timberwolves (basketball), Wild (hockey), and Swarm (lacrosse) to name a few. Getting to these events is fairly easy with the public transportation system, and it’s always a hoot to say you saw hometown hero Joe Mauer in action on the baseball diamond. You might have to shell out a pretty penny, but you’ll get to experience stands packed with screaming Minnesotans—which is priceless.