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4 College Senior

Athletics: Many great athletes and great supporters.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletic facilities are pretty nice. Athletic programs are on the rise.

College Senior

Athletics: I don't know much about them.

College Junior

Athletics: everyone shows school spirit when we have basketball games , and football games. we had to support our school when we are playing against another school.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its very entertaining and fun to watch, you can tell the school really cares for sports here


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  • 95th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 171st
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Norfolk State University offers numerous sports for men and women, including basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, and even bowling. The University offers different athletic fields and facilities that allow students to practice their sports. Some facilities include the Dick Price Stadium, which is the main field that football games are played on. Joseph Echols Hall hosts the University’s most famous basketball games against rivals. Football and basketball are the two most popular sports. Generally, students get amped for games. School spirit is recognized through the club Spartan Cavalry, which gets crowds excited before and during games. Students attend games because entry is free with the presence of a student ID. When Homecoming season arrives, the University is in full gear, ready to show school spirit and support the Norfolk State Spartans football team.

Facilities like the James D. Gill Health & Physical Education Building are where intramural games are played. Some games include dodgeball and “open gym” basketball games that allow students who are not on athletic teams to partake in games for fun. Though the James D. Gill Health & Physical Education Building was the original spot for basketball games before Joseph Echols Hall was built, it is still in standing condition and is very clean.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
School Colors
Green and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
177 - 9%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
84 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 68
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 25
Cross Country/Track: 38
Other Sports: 40
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 33%
Basketball: 17%
Baseball: 80%
Cross Country/Track: 50%
Other Sports: 67%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Taekwondo
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Pingpong
  • Pool
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Dick Price Stadium
  • James D. Gill Health & Physical Education Building
  • Joseph Echols Hall
  • Marty L. Miller Field
  • NSU Softball Field
  • NSU Tennis Complex
  • NSU Weight Room
Most Popular Sports
Basketball and football are the most popular and attended sports on campus. During really popular games, the stadium and arena become packed.
Most Overlooked Teams
The bowling team and the tennis team are really not as recognized as they could be.
School Spirit
Norfolk State has a school spirit team called the Spartan Cavalry. This team's goal is to get the crowd hyped, and to provide great school spirit! Anyone can join. This is a great move for freshmen so that they can meet new people.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are available to buy at the ticket office. Students can attend any sporting event for free with their student ID. As for family members, they can purchase tickets on their own or through students to get a discount. The lines are only long on the day of games. So get tickets ahead of time!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Students are welcome to walk on the track, which stays open late.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 9% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 72% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 18% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 64 responses

  • 9% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 53% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 65 responses

  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 40% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.



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