Everybody at Rutgers can recite our fight song on cue, if asked. Sure, our teams may not win all the time (however, the Rutgers football team is continually winning more games), but Rutgers students have lots of pride in athletics. Since Rutgers is a Division I school, students from every campus will flock to Rutgers Football Stadium on shuttle buses to cheer on the team—some students go to such extremes as painting their bodies red. Even the school mascot, the Scarlet Knight, has its own fan club.
Even if students aren’t always athletically inclined, sports on campus are a big deal. Students all receive free Rutgers T-shirts that they are encouraged to wear to games. All students attend the games, even if they never picked up a basketball in their life. The athletics at Rutgers is a way for students to show their school spirit and to appreciate the enormity of Rutgers. When you sit in the 41,500-seat football stadium or in the RAC for a basketball game, it is hard not to go crazy about Rutgers. You even get a free meal swipe at the stadium, where you receive $10 of food from the concession stand. In addition to the major sports on campus, namely basketball, soccer, and football, other sports do get recognition. Intramural sports are big deal on campus, and often become extremely competitive. Many students thrived in high school sports, but didn’t make the cut for Division I, which makes RU intramurals a tremendous part of student life.