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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Personally, I wish that more people attended varsity athletics. We have so many passionate people at Ithaca and we should all get together and support the sports teams more often. It would be beneficial for the teams knowing they have support, and fun as a community for fan support and school spirit!!! Intramural clubs are not that big and are often a joke, or are taken too seriously for people who want to do them, as the people who don't make varsity often do the clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities for varsity sports is way better and bigger than the gym for average students. They should expand the gym that is not for varsity stuents

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People are incredibly supportive for the football team, but lackluster when it comes to other supports. The only game that I've attended where there was mediocre school spirit was the annual Cortaca football game, and even then people were barely cheering. Ithaca could do better with school spirit

3 College Freshman

Athletics: This is a D3 School, so sports isn't exactly a big thing here. We have a couple of really big games the whole school go to, but other than that, sporting events are rarely attended.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is NO school spirit and there are NO sports games that people attend other than one every year, but the intramural sports are great and our teams are pretty awesome too.

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Despite the talent some of the teams at IC have, students fail to attend games or show any form of school spirit. For the students who don’t want to commit to joining a varsity team, IC offers various intramural and club sports that are very popular. It’s hard to get excited about being a Bomber, though. Without a doubt, the most well-attended sporting event at IC is the November football game between IC and the State University of New York at Cortland. Known as the "Cortaca Jug," which Sports Illustrated has called the “biggest little game in the nation,” this rivalry game brings almost every IC student to the stadium.

Other than this one Saturday afternoon, support for the teams is almost nonexistent. If someone wants to go to a school that is big on athletics, IC is probably not the best place. Administrators tried to increase school spirit by coming up with a new mascot, but students were dissatisfied and this failed. However, with Cortaca being the only big athletic event, students definitely take advantage of it and come out with a lot of school spirit.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Empire Eight
Basketball: Empire Eight
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
447 - 16%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
328 - 9%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Breakdancing
  • Cheerleading
  • Circus
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Hip-hop
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Lacrosse
  • Lindy Bombers (swing)
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Rugby (women's)
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tap dance
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Kickball
  • Poker run
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (court and sand)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Allen Fields
  • Ben Light Gymnasium
  • Butterfield Stadium
  • Carp Wood Field
  • Freeman Field
  • Haskell Davidson Boathouse
  • Ithaca College Fitness Center
  • Kostrinsky Field
  • Lawrence S. Hill Center
  • Tennis courts
  • Upper Terrace Field
  • Yavits Field
Most Popular Sports
Most Overlooked Teams
Gymnastics and swimming
School Spirit
While everyone on campus has an IC sweatshirt, school spirit is not as prevalent as it is at other schools. Because IC is only a Division III school in athletics, the teams tend to get overlooked. If more students paid attention to the fine talent that IC athletes have, then more students would paint their faces blue and gold and yell, "Go Bombers!" Ithaca College definitely sees its share of school spirit at the Cortaca Jug. Whether the game takes place at IC or at Cortland, there are plenty of IC students dressed and painted in blue and gold to support the team.
Getting Tickets
Students can get into any sporting event free of charge. With low attendance at many games, you're usually guaranteed a seat. Tickets for Cortaca Jug are free if the game is at Ithaca, and there's a small fee if the game is held at Cortland. It is imperative to get tickets early, though, because they go fast!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Most of the local gorges have beautiful trails that are the perfect activity for a nice day. Try Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 145 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 21% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 60% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 17% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 143 responses

  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 27% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 41% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 143 responses

  • 13% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 59% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 24% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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