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Athletics

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball games are always so fun and exciting. Mercer has the best student section. Definitely go to basketball games. Football games are a little less exciting because the team is new. But still fun

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: not the best, but alright

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have the best basketball fan base around. The team is really good and all the fans support them. The Maniacs have strong spirit and the mercer pep band is great.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics are great here, if you play a "popular" sport like football or basketball. The built an entire stadium and a new building for the football team and lacrosse team to have locker rooms, but there is still no track or locker rooms for men and women's cross country and track teams.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The entire school gets pumped up for games!

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Mercer is the only private university in Georgia that competes in NCAA Division I athletics, but sports are not the biggest draw for the University. The men’s and women’s basketball teams are the most recognized teams on campus. They draw the most students to games, and school spirit is generally greatest around the annual Mercer basketball Homecoming game. However, the other teams are rarely talked about, and students generally do not make it a high priority to attend games.

While the University does not currently have a football team—Mercer’s football tradition ended with America’s involvement in WWII in 1941—the sport is scheduled to be reinstated in 2013, and there is a high level of anticipation for this. Mercer is seeking membership into the Pioneer Football League, a football-only conference made up of colleges and universities that participate in NCAA Division I non-scholarship football. Currently, there is no football stadium at Mercer, but the University will be building one in the very near future. The UC Arena is a large, beautiful facility where the volleyball and basketball teams play, and it is highly accessible and attached to other sports facilities in the UC, all of which are fairly up to date.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pioneer Football League
Basketball: Atlantic Sun Conference
School Colors
Orange and black
School Nickname
Bears
Men Playing Varsity Sports
149 - 12%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
108 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Ballroom dance
  • Bowling
  • Cycling
  • Disc golf
  • Equestrian
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Paintball
  • Running
  • Sports officials
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Football
  • Golf scramble
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bear Field
  • Brickyard at Riverside
  • The Charles Roberts Rifle Range
  • Claude Smith Field
  • Idle Hour G.C.
  • LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center
  • Sikes Field
  • The University Center
Most Popular Sports
The men's and women's basketball teams are by far the most popular sports on campus.
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, lacrosse, and soccer
School Spirit
Most school spirit is reserved for men's basketball, especially around Homecoming. Yet, in comparison to other universities, spirit at Mercer is generally on the low side, and there is usually low attendance at games for sports besides basketball. However, the news that Mercer's football team will be reinstated in 2013 has caused much excitement, so spirit may be boosted in the next few years.
Getting Tickets
Students often have an advantage, as long as they stand in line for tickets early.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 59% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 32% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 63 responses

  • 44% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 32% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 22% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 62 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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