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Athletics

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not a lot of school support because our football team isn't the best.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football team kinda sucks but we have many other teams that far out shine them so for the rest that are not into football its all good.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Great support system for all athletes and making sure they focus on school too.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everything looks good so far. I will be studying dance, this is a form of sport in my opinion.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am involved in Color Guard with Marching Band, otherwise I would not attend football games.

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The school spirit at U of I, especially for football, is great. During a football game, you see a lot of students painted up or dressed up and ready to cheer on the school's team. There is a lesser show of school spirit for other sports like basketball, swimming, and soccer, though. Overall, there is nothing spectacular about the sports program at the University, and the teams could be better at their sports. However, the sports programs do give excellent scholarships, and most of them have good coaches, too.

There are very good athletic amenities at the Kibbie Dome, which is the sports center on campus, and there is a conducive environment for athletes to train and thrive on campus, as well. In addition to varsity teams, there are also intramural clubs for sports like soccer, and they have games with opponents on campus or they often visit other schools to compete.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Western Athletic Conference
Basketball: Western Athletic Conference
School Colors
Silver and gold
School Nickname
Vandals
Men Playing Varsity Sports
185 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
131 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Fast pitch softball
  • Horse polo
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rodeo
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Snowboard
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Trap team
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cribbage
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Frisbee golf
  • Golf
  • Horseshoe
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Shuffleboard
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Aquatic Rehabilitation Center
  • Athletic training room
  • Cowan Spectrum
  • Dan O'Brien Track & Field Complex
  • Guy Wicks Field
  • Inverson Speed & Strength Center
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Memorial Gym & Administration Lawn Outdoor Courts
  • SprinTurf practice fields
  • UI Swim Center
  • University of Idaho Golf Course
  • VAC meeting rooms
  • War Memorial Gym
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Cycling, rugby, softball
School Spirit
Before a football game, there is usually a lot of excitement in the air. You'll find many students dressed in Vandal gear, students who have painted their bodies with Vandal colors, and sometimes, members of the marching band run around the Commons playing their musical instruments. You will also hear some students chanting victory songs/words to encourage the football team.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets for a football game is not a difficult ordeal. Students get free tickets, as long as they have their Vandal cards. Depending on the opposing team, tickets can run out fast, and some students might not get tickets.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The UI Arboretum, Moscow-Pullman Trail, Troy Trail
Did You Know?
Idaho's first football stadium was Neale Stadium, which burned down in 1969.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 143 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 43% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 47% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 143 responses

  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 38% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 32% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 142 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 67% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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