The first thing any sports fan will most likely note about Mason is that there is no football team. Even the students who already attend Mason won’t shut up about our general lack of school spirit and how the University would be so much better if students could only drink beer in a parking lot before packing the bleachers for a big home football game. But honestly, unless going to a school with a Division I football team is a top priority for you, don’t dismiss Mason athletics just yet.
What Mason lacks in a football team, they make up for in a successful men’s basketball team whose games pack the Patriot Center on campus. Also on the plus side, students don’t have to be Division I athletes to get involved with teams at Mason. All students are eligible to participate in Mason club sports like soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, fencing, bowling, rugby, and underwater hockey, to name a few. Generally, basketball games draw the largest fan base, while most other teams and sporting events are generally overlooked and aren’t well-attended. But that’s not to say that every single student is putting on their Mason gear and heading to the basketball games. In fact, as far as athletics go, students can be placed in two groups: apathetic students who might attend a couple games a season and spirited fans who attend most—if not all—of the basketball games throughout the season. As an extra incentive to show up to the games, which are free for Mason students, there are free giveaways, featuring a different item every week.