At the University of Chicago, it's not uncommon for someone not to realize that the University has a football team until after he or she graduates. The general student body gets more excited about a good grade on a calculus test than a football tailgate. However, school spirit and interest in athletics is continuously growing. With the use of the Common Application, the University is attracting more mainstream students who are taking a genuine interest in the University's sports. They should—because a majority of the teams dominates the UAA (University Athletic Association conference) and is recognized nationally within the division. The sports games do have some attendance, but the majority of fans is other athletes or friends of the players, not random students.
Outside of the athletic scene, there is a feeling of school spirit. However, instead of banding together to cheer on the Maroons, students tend to rally around the difficulty of the school. It’s a perverse type of school spirit, but it still is a unifying attitude among students. Students show individual house spirit and pride during intramural sports, which are very popular on campus. There are also some club sports—like crew, ultimate Frisbee, rugby, and lacrosse—that have a fair amount of participation. If students aren’t interested in sports, they can still take advantage of the amazing facilities. Ratner Athletics Center is modern and well maintained, and Henry Crown Field House has a classic-gym feel. Stagg Field and the tennis courts next to it are also open to the public. Basically, school spirit and varsity athletics exist, but there is still more room for both of them to grow.