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Athletics

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics mostly revolve around the football session. Other than that there is not much that students attend to other than parties.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The varsity sports are great to attend, however there is more popularity in intramural sports. All facilities are high quality.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have school spirit in some sports, but not others.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Although we don't have the best athletic programs, it is easy to see that we are improving and the turnouts from the crowds have always been incredible.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Awesome Gymnasium and facilities. Great intramural program.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Sky Conference
Basketball: Big Sky Conference
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Bobcats
Men Playing Varsity Sports
190 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
129 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Rodeo
  • Skiing
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rodeo
  • Skiing
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Kashima-Shinryu
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Polo
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Taekwondo
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Ping-pong
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Walleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bobcat Stadium
  • Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center
  • Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
  • D'Agostino Strength Training Center
  • Shroyer Gymnasium
  • Track and field complex
Most Popular Sports
Football, volleyball, and basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Skiing and golf
School Spirit
While the Bobcats may not always be a winning team, students, faculty, and fans seem to forget this whenever the University of Montana Grizzlies are in town. The whole town focuses on the game, and it rarely disappoints. Homecoming is also a major event, complete with royalty and a parade which draws quite the crowd. Everyone likes to get involved and decks themselves out in blue and gold to cheer on the `Cats.
Getting Tickets
Tickets can usually be found the day of the game, unless it is Homecoming or a Cat/Griz game. The Askus desk and the fieldhouse are your two best bets for getting your ticket, but don't forget your One Card—that will get you a ticket for free.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Bozeman is full of hiking trails, and the best ones that are still close to campus are in Hyalite Canyon, about a 15-minute drive away. For those looking for a leisurely stroll, the historic neighborhoods around campus offer beautiful homes to look at and a fairly flat surface.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 171 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 63% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 32% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 171 responses

  • 17% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 48% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 33% 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 172 responses

  • 17% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 70% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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