Even though there is a very high level of school spirit and pride among students, Howard is not a very sports-oriented school. Most students, except for those who are on athletic scholarships, are not particularly preoccupied with school sports, at least not until the big Homecoming football game when students turn out in droves-no matter how cold it might be-and show support for their fellow Bison and cheer them on until they go hoarse.
There is a wide variety of intramural sports available for students to participate in, and even though participation is fairly high, the numbers are not overwhelming when compared to the size of the student population. Considering students' relative apathy towards sports, major ones like football, basketball, and soccer do have high levels of participation. Football games are by far the most popular and most publicized in the student media, and they are usually the most difficult games to get into. Students can get free tickets for every home game, either at the box office or at the Student Activities Center, while guests have to pay for theirs. Sometimes, there's a problem with overcrowding in the stadium during some of the more publicized games. The Homecoming game is always a good example, where crowds have been known to well exceed the 10,000-seat capacity of Greene Stadium.