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2 College Freshman

Athletics: I feel as if we are not that into sports.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Makin Recreation Center is pretty great, but there are always people there taking up the machines for too long or don't use them.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I wouldn't say that we are the best at sports, and our spirit probably isn't as great. But on the important games we actually have a lot of spirit.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The team performance is not that great since we are D1, but the athletic facilities are all pretty great.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fan support/School Spirit is lacking. I cam from a very school spirited high school that always supported athletics. Coming to Bradley, I saw that no one went to the athletic events and have no idea what goes on in the athletic community.


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If Bradley is only known for one thing, it would be men's basketball. Students, faculty, alumni, and random people cheer on the Braves, whether or not they have a connection to the school. Thousands of people turn out for men's basketball games, both home and away. However, most other sports don't garner the same fan attention, even if they're having a good season. Men's soccer has recently done well, boosting its popularity. But aside from these two sports, Bradley students show little school spirit. Sometimes basketball and soccer games can't even get the crowd on its feet. Student support varies from sport to sport and game to game, but overall, it's disappointing.

Intramurals are always popular, though. Just about every sport is offered, and they are prominent on campus. Students play football, softball, racquetball, and dodgeball, to name a few. Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee golf are big, too, and it helps that Bradley Park has a Frisbee golf course. No matter what students are into, Bradley probably has a recreational sport for them. Talent isn't a problem because all sports are split into divisions, and students or teams get to decide how good they are and at what level they want to play. If they don't like to play, they sit on the sidelines and watch their friends play, whether they are varsity or intramural athletes. Sometimes spirit for intramurals is better than it is for varsity sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference
School Colors
Red and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
110 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
81 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Fencing
  • Hockey
  • MMA (mixed martial arts)
  • Paintball
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sportsmen's Club
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Carver Arena
  • Laura Bradley Park
  • Markin Tennis Courts
  • O'Brien Field
  • Renaissance Coliseum
  • Shea Stadium
  • WeaverRidge Golf Course
Most Popular Sports
Hands down, the most popular sports to watch are men's basketball and men's soccer. Men's basketball, a Division I team, made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 a few years ago, and men's soccer recently made it to the Elite 8. Intramurals are popular, too, and Bradley offers about a dozen different sports.
Most Overlooked Teams
Golf, tennis, track and field, cross country, volleyball, baseball, and softball get second place to men's basketball and soccer, as far as media coverage and audiences go. Women's basketball is also not nearly as popular as men's basketball.
School Spirit
The Braves garner a lot of fan support from students, alumni, and even random people with no ties to the school. The Division I men's basketball team gets praise during most of its games, but school spirit is otherwise low, especially during Homecoming Week. Pep rallies are barren, and red and white shirts are scarce.
Getting Tickets
Tickets for any game are easy to get if you're a Bradley student. The only sport that charges admission for students is men's basketball, and it only costs $1. Even when the men's basketball team goes to various tournaments, the cost is usually covered for students, and tickets remain $1. Admission to all other games, varsity and intramural, is free. Students can purchase season tickets to Bradley men's basketball games for $20. This includes tickets to every home game in the student section and a free T-shirt.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The closest park is Bradley Park, about a block from campus. There are plenty of places to walk or jog in this park, and there is also an 18-hole Frisbee golf course. If you want to get away from campus, Detweiller Park is popular for hiking, and the Rock Island Trail is popular for walking and biking.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 39% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 9% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 47 responses

  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 45% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 32% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 47 responses

  • 13% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 77% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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