Although the athletics at Ave Maria are by no means bad, studies and academics take priority for most students here. However, lots of students participate in at least one sport, so student involvement is undoubtedly good. School spirit is somewhat lacking, but more people have started to attend games, and it is steadily improving. Furthermore, Ave just opened its newest sports facility, the Golisano Field House, which is certain to help improve the quality of the sports even more. This facility not only provides practice space for basketball and other indoor sports, but it also has a new and fully equipped weight room.
Intramural and club sports are probably just as popular—or even more so—than the intercollegiate sports. There are games and practices going on all the time, and quite a number of students participate in them. The team spirit in the club and intramural sports is definitely not lacking. In addition to the Field House, Ave Maria students also have the option of working out in the fitness center on the second floor of the Student Union, which is well maintained and equipped with many different fitness machines.