Athletics at U of I are big, and people take sports very seriously. Whether they are spectators or participants in the game, nearly everyone on campus is interested in the outcome of the varsity sports teams. As far as basketball and football are concerned, you’ll find more students buzzing over those games than you will any other sport on campus. But this is a Division I school, so that’s expected. Intramural and club sports are also really big on campus, and they are a great way to meet people and have fun. The underwater hockey team, especially, is legendary for its crazy games. Even if you are not the best athlete you can surely find some sport that interests you through intramurals and clubs.
The gyms and playing fields are also big on campus, and some people say that they consider ARC one of their favorite hangouts. Of course, the real event here is football. People come to the games religiously, rain or snow. The Block I section is for the most dedicated fans. There, students dress in all orange and blue and hold signs to cheer on their team. The Illinettes also turn out for all the home games, and so it’s like a midday party. Even people who aren't that interested in football come out for the party atmosphere and school spirit. If you’re not a sports fan when you come to U of I, don’t be surprised if you graduate with a foam finger on your hand.