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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sporting events are fun to watch and go to on campus.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Having played Varsity Softball all 4 years of high school, I was really hoping Old Dominion University would get a team but as of this date, it doesn't seem to be happening.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its fun to meet new people, hanging with friends, and staying in shape

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I did hear that the school and students really support their Sport teams and I will as well. Go ODU!

5 College Junior

Athletics: ODU football and basketball (but mostly football) is a big part of the campus experience.


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  • 59th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 531st
    Best Intramural Sports

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Bryoney Hayes
The East Coast!
English with a Journalism concentration
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For students looking for ways to stay active and fit, there are several alternative ways at ODU. For students who just want to work out at the gym, there is the 47th Street gym as well as the new Student Recreation Center, both of which feature equipment and courts for students to use. In addition, students have the option to take free fitness classes. As long as you show your ODU ID, you can come and take pillates, yoga, hip-hop cardio, cycling, and other themed classes designed to keep you in shape. In addition, ODU has an Outdoor Adventure Program that provides alternative and free or discounted outdoor activities.

Students who just enjoy watching athletics will be excited to know starting with the 2009-2010 school year, ODU will have a football team for the first time in years. There are also basketball, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, golf, soccer, field hockey, rowing, and sailing teams to watch and get involved with.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Conference USA
Basketball: Conference USA
School Colors
Blue and gray
School Nickname
Monarchs/Lady Monarchs (lion)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
248 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
211 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Club Sports
  • Aikido (coed)
  • Basketball (women's)
  • Cricket (men)
  • Fast pitch softball (women)
  • Fencing (coed)
  • Field hockey (coed)
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate-Doh (coed)
  • Lacrosse (men)
  • Powerlifting and body building
  • Rock climbing
  • Rowing (coed)
  • Rugby (men)
  • Running (coed)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • WHISTLE (officiating club)  
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Horseshoes
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Pickleball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • 47th Street Gym
  • Athletic Administration Gym
  • Student Recreation Center
  • University Fitness Center (UFC)
  • Whitehurst Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
The Lady Monarchs basketball team-as they've been so prestigiously named-dominates our campus without a doubt. Field hockey also seems to be really popular-almost everyone knows a field hockey player. Men's basketball may take a backseat to women's, but it isn't overlooked. The inaugural season of football starts in Fall 2009.
Most Overlooked Teams
Most of the teams at ODU get equal press by word of mouth and in the student-run newspaper the Mace and Crown.
School Spirit
Old Dominion might seem apathetic during the school year, what with school work and jobs piling up on each other, students barely have enough time for themselves. But when Homecoming comes around, students are eager to paint their faces and join in the parades and the fun. Sporting events like basketball and field hockey break the monotony of tedious school weeks, and masses of students crowd the stands of the Ted Constant Convocation Center or the stands in Foreman Field and cheer on their favorite teams.
Getting Tickets
You may want to camp out to get tickets for an ODU sporting event. Especially if you're trying to get into a Lady Monarchs game.

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Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 162 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 19% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 70% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 10% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 161 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 67% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 16% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 161 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 43% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).


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