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4 College Junior

Athletics: It keeps people active. I'm not a participant

5 College Senior

Athletics: If you are into watching varsity sports, you're in luck. Everyone gets pumped up for game days at the dome (sometimes, almost to an annoying extent). Orange pride is everywhere.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its a big thing, Go Orange.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I play (club) Women's Rugby, and it's a phenomenal organization. Aside from my own experience, I know that many students on campus partake in the dozens of athletic clubs and varsity teams we have here. Syracuse Basketball is one of the greatest organizations in the country, and it's so much fun to watch. Generally, the teams do very well, and students always get so excited about the Big Game. Other sports are a pretty deal, but nothing tops basketball. School spirit is incredible. It's part of why I chose to attend Syracuse University. On game day, EVERYONE wears their orange and blue; even those who aren't really into sports. The facilities are pretty nice, as well. Some of the club teams get shafted as far as school support and equipment go, but we make do with what we have. I wish that club sports were treated with as much merit as some of the varsity sports, but you'll have that.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Syracuse sports are a very important part of the community. From our basketball team to our lacrosse team, the athletics do not disappoint. The school spirit and fan support is unbelievable. For the Duke vs. Syracuse basketball game in 2014, a record was broken for the most amount of people attending in the Carrier Dome.


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  • 10th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 904th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
New York City
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Sports in Syracuse (as a city) are huge. Syracuse is an Orange town through and through, and everywhere you go you will find support for the Orange. On the SU campus, the sentiment is not as pronounced. In the two major sports (football and basketball), SU students differ in their fanaticism. Football can draw some hardcore fans, and as most sports teams, some fair-weather fans. Basketball, however, brings out a unified, campus-wide pride. The successful 2002-2003 season might have had something to do with the boost in supportive school spirit for the basketball team. SU students just can't get enough of the basketball team. One main reason students love varsity sports is the Carrier Dome-the setting for all football, men's basketball, and men's lacrosse home games. The Dome is great for football, especially when it's snowing outside, as well as basketball. The best part about the Dome is its location-right in the middle of the SU campus.

Intramural sports are fairly popular at SU. Flag football and basketball are the big draws, and they can get competitive-unfortunately, maybe a little too competitive. The rules are very strictly enforced, which is why pick-up games seem to be the better option for most of the students on the SU campus.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Orange and white
School Nickname
Otto the Orange
Men Playing Varsity Sports
326 - 6%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
282 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Black Reign
  • Bowling
  • Breakdancing
  • Cheon Ji In
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Dance works
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Juggling
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Orange Pulse
  • Outing club
  • Pershing rifles
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Ski racing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Swing dancing
  • SyRAAScuse
  • Syracuse Orange Bhangra
  • T.A.P.
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Virtuous expressions
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Indoor soccer
  • Kickball
  • Outdoor soccer
  • Racquetball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Archbold Gymnasiums
  • Brockway Fitness Center
  • Flanagan Gymnasium
  • Goldstein Fitness Center
  • Marion Fitness Center
  • Marshall Square Mall Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball, football, and lacrosse
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's hockey
Getting Tickets
It is relatively easy to get tickets at SU. For football, basketball, and lacrosse, there are season ticket packages available for students to pre-order before the year begins. For individual game tickets, the only tough ones to get are for football and men's basketball; otherwise, as long as you buy them a little in advance, they should be easy to get. All students sit in the same section in the Carrier Dome, so make sure you go early to get a nice seat to cheer with your friends. You can buy tickets online at
Best Place to Take a Walk
Manley Field House track, the Quad

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 141 responses

  • 40% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 60% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 1% 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 143 responses

  • 32% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 50% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 144 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 58% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 27% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.



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