Lehigh’s greatest athletic tradition is waking up at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings and getting wasted before home football games. Kidding aside, morning cocktails and tailgates are some of the most popular events during the whole school year. Fraternities will go around their house, sorority houses, and freshman dorms with pots and pans to wake everyone up, and as difficult as it may be to wake up that early on a Saturday after a long night, tailgates usually see a very impressive turnout. It’s hard to pass up the exuberance of drinking outside the football stadium on a sunny day as the entire campus walks around to each fraternity’s setup in search of beer and barbecued food, as the police just stand back and watch. Few attend the actual football game, which is unfortunate. Wrestling is the other insanely popular sport at Lehigh, although it’s more revered by alumni and the town of Bethlehem. In fact, townies are probably more into the football and wrestling teams than the student body—not surprising given the lack of nearby professional sports teams. The wrestling team is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the country.
Intramural sports are wildly popular, as they allow the more casual athletes to participate. Freshman teams are made up of halls in the dormitories, and upperclass teams are fraternity against fraternity and sorority against sorority. Winning intramural sports gives fraternities bragging rights and bolsters a sense of pride and athleticism. Most students tend to get much more involved in intramurals than with Lehigh’s sports teams.