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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Even though our football team has been struggling, there is still AMAZING fan support. A majority of people are at every home game decked out in maroon and gold cheering on our team. Our wrestling team is consistently number one or two in the nation. Other sports don't receive quite as much excitement as football and wrestling, but they still have a lot of support from the fans. Basketball even has it's own tradition of fans dressing up like farm animals which is super fun.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being a D1 school in the Big Ten conference makes for quite the atmosphere on game days. Many of our teams are very successful and our fans love to cheer on the Gophers. Our football, hockey, and basketball games are well-attended and the energy in the stadiums is undeniable.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Gopher sports has been enjoyable to watch even before I attended the school

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities are kept clean and to the highest standard. Although not designed in the most efficient manner for patrons to move around and maintain order. However, the feeling and aesthetic of attending games is energizing that no matter the outcome you have a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The venues are top-notch and the atmosphere is a ton of fun. Team performance . . . well, if you don't count men's basketball and football to an extent, it great (talking about Gopher Women's sports here(!) which always seem to be at the top of their respective sports). Bottom line is: it's a Big10 school. Athletics are top notch.


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Golden Gopher sports have a huge following of not only current students and alumni, but also those who have never attended a single class at the University of Minnesota. As a Big 10 school, there is a lot of media coverage of U of M teams. Being a D-I rival really adds to the competitiveness of the players, too. Even the non-rated teams and intramural sports are very popular, and students are mostly supportive of the sports programs. Sporting events provide students with an opportunity to rally behind a cause and show their school spirit.

As a “winter” state, Minnesotans love hockey. Having the Gopher men's hockey team go to the NCAA national finals in recent years has certainly increased student enthusiasm. Despite the decline in the performance of many popular sports like football, students still attend the games because they want to support their team; plus, they enjoy tailgating and being a part of the student body. Intramural and club sports also have the support of the students. There are many people who take advantage of these recreational teams and play a sport for the love of it instead of in the competitive spirit. The sporting facilities are great. The U of M has various athletic fields for many sports. Students support the Gophers and enjoy being part of the team—because fans are as important as the players.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
  • Other
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Colors
Maroon and gold
School Nickname
Golden Gophers
Men Playing Varsity Sports
373 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
345 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 85
Basketball: 30
Baseball: 28
Cross Country/Track: 82
Other Sports: 264
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 50%
Basketball: 43%
Baseball: 86%
Cross Country/Track: 73%
Other Sports: 63%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Adaptive sports
  • Aikido
  • Ballroom dance
  • Crew (men's)
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Hockey (women's)
  • Judo
  • Karate, Shotokan
  • Kung Fu, Vo Lam
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Sailing race team
  • Ski (alpine and nordic)
  • Soccer
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Taekwondo
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate disc
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Hockey
  • Kickball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseline Tennis Center
  • Bierman Building
  • Bierman Track/Minnesota Fieldhouse
  • Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
  • Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex
  • HHH Metrodome
  • Jane Sage Cowles Stadium
  • Les Bolstad Golf Course
  • Mariucci Arena
  • Ridder Arena
  • Siebert Field
  • Sports Pavilion
  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • TPC of the Twin Cities
  • U of M Boathouse
  • University Aquatic Center
  • Williams Arena
Most Popular Sports
At the University of Minnesota, you can bet there is a lot of pride for the ice striders, especially the men's ice hockey team. The women's hockey team is also starting to capture the spirit of this ice-loving state. Despite the shortcomings in performance, as a Big 10 school, football is very popular and so is basketball. These sports give students a chance to unite and stand for one team.
Most Overlooked Teams
Track, baseball, women's soccer, wrestling
School Spirit
School spirit is a big part of the U of M campus. It is most widely supported by wearing U of M apparel and the wide attendance at sporting events. The "Better dead than red," "Buck the Fadgers," and "Who hates Iowa?" shirts put the most popular rivalries on display. While not everyone rallies behind the Gopher sports, they are always proud to show their spirit.
Getting Tickets
Most tickets are easily accessible through the Gopher Sports website. Students can purchase tickets and find out where their seats are, too.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Stone Arch Bridge, East River Walkway, and the Northrop area are good places to take a walk. Also, the streets of Downtown, Dinkytown, and Uptown around the lake are good spots.
Did You Know?
  • University of Minnesota basketball is played on a raised floor in Williams Area.
  • Williams Area is named after Henry L. Williams, the Gopher football coach from 1900 to 1921.
  • McNamara Alumni Center hosts pre-game football parties, where everyone is invited to get hyped up before the game.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 344 responses

  • 10% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 71% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 18% 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 344 responses

  • 16% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 49% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 34% 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 344 responses

  • 33% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 59% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 7% 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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