Basketball and soccer are the most popular sports at SPU (men's and women's), along with women's gymnastics. These teams have done exceptionally well during the last few years and have the most enthusiastic fan followings. The "Orangemen of 6th Ashton" make men's basketball a riot for spectators, with their crazy antics, costumes, and shenanigans. The most anticipated games, other than playoffs, are always with rival Seattle University, which is a smaller private school that SPU tends to dominate. Track and field and crew have great reputations, although less hype. Most of the games held in the gymnasium on campus are free for students, but soccer games aren't because the field is not owned by the University.
Intramurals are popular for students living on campus, coed softball and floor hockey in particular. But volleyball, basketball, and soccer also have high turnouts with underclassmen. Off-campus students are much less likely to compete, probably because commuting is an inconvenience. Sorry kids—there's no football team at SPU. But many students like to go watch UW games to get their football fix. Both men's and women's rugby are also great substitutes.