Athletics are an important aspect of college life to a lot of URI students regardless of whether they are players or spectators. Even though games may not be selling out in the box office, students do show their support. Rhode Island has a lot of pride, and this little state has a lot of big dreams. Many of the sports facilities are newer, like the Ryan Center and the Boss Ice Arena, which will hopefully attract more people to the games and get them more excited about URI sports.
The men’s basketball team brings a lot of excitement and energy to campus. The team plays in the very competitive Atlantic 10 Conference and plays in the beautiful and fan-friendly Ryan Center. Basketball games are loud and intense—all students are encouraged to come to the games and be as loud as possible. There is even a student organization called “The Mob” that attends all the games and specializes in heckling the visiting team. Basketball games are the best place to be loud, sing the URI fight song, and show your Rhody pride. However, the basketball team is not the only team to cheer for on campus—hockey, baseball, and softball games, and even track meets are always a fun time.