Over the last couple of years, Sam Houston State has made great strides in improving its teams and becoming more prominent on the athletic front. Sports at SHSU are well respected, but students don’t keep as up-to-date with the varsity teams as they could. There is a lot of school spirit, and the student body has a passion for the school’s sports, but the attendance at sporting events is way too low. At a University with close to 17,000 students, a meager 3,000 isn’t nearly enough support in the stands for the Bearkats. Club and intramural sports have a big following at SHSU. Many students are involved in intramural sports on campus, and they are a popular way for everyone to interact and make friends. The club sports offered here range from lacrosse to rugby to baseball. Overall, the athletics facilities are up-to-date and nice.
The Don Sanders Baseball Stadium and Bearkat Softball Complex are both relatively new. Bowers Stadium, the football field, is a bit small, but still has modern adaptations. Johnson Coliseum, where the basketball and volleyball teams play, has poor lighting and is a bit dated, but it’s a good sports venue nonetheless. There are numerous intramural fields, all of which are very nice and easily accommodate the vast number of students participating in intramural sports.