Athletics

Location
Denver, CO
Undergrads
5,129
Tuition
$41,112
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Great variety of sports. Helpful for my college decision.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I dont know much about athletic at this school

4 College Junior

Athletics: Games are fun. Tailgates are better

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not really a part of the athletic scene, but DU has a strong sense of school pride and athletics are taken very seriously. The gym facilities are incredible and free to students. Health and fitness is a big part of DU.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Men's ice hockey and men's lacrosse are the big sports at DU.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 677th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 718th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anne Reiman
Hometown
Winnetka, IL
Major
English (Creative Writing)/Communications
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For the most part, varsity men's ice hockey takes center stage at DU. Games usually are well attended, but it's unfortunate that other athletic teams often don't receive the same degree of support and appreciation. Only when teams do exceptionally well or break records do they get a nod from most of the student body.

Even so, other varsity sports at DU are slowly making themselves known on campus, especially women's gymnastics, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's soccer. Many students remain unhappy with the lack of a DU football team, and some attend CU or CSU games to compensate. In recent years, there has been an increased effort to publicize DU's varsity sports in order to rally more student support at games. Club and intramural sports don't receive nearly the amount of attention as varsity, but they offer a good time to students who are eager to engage in sports more for the fun of it than the competitive edge. IM sports such as broomball and flag football especially draw student participation. Perhaps the best part of competing in club and IM sports is meeting active, fun people and making new friends.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Western Athletic Conference
School Colors
Crimson and gold
School Nickname
Pioneer
Men Playing Varsity Sports
168 - 8%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
141 - 5%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Figure skating
  • Hockey (men's and women's)
  • Inline hockey
  • Judo
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Running
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • 3-on-3 basketball
  • 4-on-4 volleyball
  • 7-on-7 flag football
  • Floor hockey (aka broomball)
  • Ice hockey
  • Outdoor soccer
  • Racquetball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Coors Fitness Center
  • Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness
  • El Pomar Natatorium
  • Gates Field House
  • Gymnastics Venue
  • Hamilton Gymnasium
  • Joy Burns Ice Arena
  • Magness Arena
  • Stapleton Tennis Pavilion
Most Popular Sports
Men's varsity ice hockey is by far the most popular sport on campus, especially with the 2004 NCAA championship under DU's belt. A good match-up means full stands. Other popular sports include women's gymnastics, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's soccer. DU's running club also attracts student participation, as does IM broomball and racquetball.
Most Overlooked Teams
You'd think being in Colorado, DU students would support the ski teams more than they do. Both men's and women's alpine and Nordic skiers receive very little attention. In a general sense, DU is full of fair-weather fans. If a particular team doesn't do well in its season, it doesn't receive much interest or support at games. Conversely, if a team takes home a title or has an exceptionally successful season, spirit abounds.
School Spirit
Sadly, most students only take great pride in DU when a sports team (i.e., men's hockey) wins a big game (i.e., the NCAA championship). Otherwise, you'll more frequently hear students bashing the school for one reason or another than you will students praising it. To look stylish or cute, though, many students don DU gear such as hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts, and (for the girls only, let's hope) shorts with a big "DU" sewed on the rear end.
Getting Tickets
DU students get free tickets to all DU sporting events with the exception of hockey tickets. Every DU student has a Pioneer Student ID card, and must only show their ID to the ticket office to get free admission. In the fall many DU students camp outside the Ritchie Center to ensure that they can buy season tickets for the hockey games, which are very popular.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Washington Park (about a five-minutes drive from campus), several mountain trails
Did You Know?
  • DU's men's ice hockey team won the 2004 NCAA Championship for the first time since 1969.
  • The Alpine Club is a student-run organization dedicated to outdoor sports and activities including rafting, fly-fishing, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The club is open to the entire DU community, novices and experts alike.
  • A $6 million lacrosse stadium, the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, opened in 2005 on the site of the old lacrosse field. It features stone walls and seating for 2,000. It is currently the only stadium in the United States used solely for lacrosse, the fastest-growing sport in Colorado.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 95 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 58% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 36% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 96 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 28% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 49% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 56% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 38% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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