The MSU student body is a very athletic group overall. They love to hike, run, bike, climb, and ski. When it comes to varsity sports, however, the student support is usually lacking, unless the University of Montana Grizzlies are in town for a game—then all hell breaks loose, and everyone is given a sudden injection of adrenaline-packed school spirit. This becomes obvious the night before Cat/Griz football tickets go on sale, when a long line of students are camped out in the cold in front of the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse waiting for the box office to open at 10 a.m.
MSU is unique in some respects, as it has a nordic ski team, something offered at few schools across the nation. Other than this, students wanting to play varsity are stuck with the traditional sports. Varsity teams play Idaho State University, U of M, Eastern Washington, Portland State, Weber State, and other athletically mediocre schools from the Western United States. In other words, don't plan on seeing the Bobcats play on national television anytime soon. Intramural and club sports are quite popular here and cover a much wider variety than the varsity sports. Lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, and racquetball are popular intramurals and clubs, as well as the more common sports including tennis and soccer.