Although the SLU athletic teams don't have an extensive student following, they do have a small, dedicated group of student fans that grows each year. Since the Chaifetz Arena opened on campus in 2008, men's basketball has become the largest spectator sport, and the student section was renamed the SLUnatics before the 2010 season. Between the pep band and the egging of the Billiken, the student cheering can definitely get rowdy. Men's soccer is the other spectator sport, and Legion 1818 is a group of enthusiastic fans that attend each game, SLU vuvuzelas in hand. The soccer games are better attended by alumni than students. However, there are two games each year that draw a lot of student attention: Welcome Week and Homecoming. During the Welcome Week game, all the freshman residence hall floors have a spirit competition, and everyone is decked out in SLU gear and body paint. During Homecoming, there is a huge fireworks show coordinated to music at halftime. SLU has 16 Division I sports, but basketball and soccer are the only sports that have a student following. Despite the lack of widespread enthusiasm for athletics, there is a lot of SLU spirit and love for our mascot, the Billiken.
Club sports and intramurals are incredibly popular with the student body. Club sports are generally close-knit groups that travel to play all over the Midwest. Club sports teams include everything from soccer to equestrian. Intramurals are inexpensive to participate in and can be competitive or recreational depending on the league. Intramurals include everything from sand volleyball to dodgeball. The Simon Recreation Center is the main workout facility for students, and it features more than 200 pieces of fitness equipment, six basketball courts, fitness classes, an indoor and outdoor pool, and a sand volleyball court. It's widely used by students, and the membership fee is included in tuition.