Students support athletics at Miami, but most agree that school spirit could improve when it comes to football and basketball attendance. Hockey is the most popular varsity sport at Miami and always draws large, often inebriated crowds to Goggin Ice Center. Many students participate in intramural sports, especially broomball, which is the most popular IM sport at the University. Broomball participation has been known to peak at 2,000 participants per tournament season! In fact, in the coming years, Miami plans to break ground on a new ice arena—not just for the varsity hockey team but also to accommodate all the recreational users the arena draws on a daily basis.
Attending athletic events at Miami is quite fun, whether the stadium is full or not. There are times when football draws a large crowd, especially when Miami plays some of its bigger rivals, such as Marshall and Toledo. However, if you’re looking for a school where the students camp out a week before season tickets go on sale and tailgate parties start at 7 a.m., look elsewhere. On the other hand, if the thought of running on ice in tennis shoes sounds appealing, come to Miami—you’ll fit right in with all of the fanatic broomball players.