One thing that sets Penn apart from other Ivy League schools is the pretty intense school spirit of the student body. Students usually support the Varsity teams, many of which are among the best in the league. Home football games are heavily attended, and some basketball fans wait in "the line" overnight to get season tickets for the men's basketball team, which often competes in the NCAA tournament. One important tradition involves frenzied students tearing down the goal posts after a victorious championship football game and throwing them into the Schuylkill River. Penn has had many Ivy League Champion teams including men's soccer, women's volleyball, football, and men's basketball.
Intramural and club sports are participated in relatively widely. Students have the chance to compete in a wide selection of sports. Club sports are taken seriously by those involved, while intramural athletes, while often extremely competitive, tend to have a more laid-back practicing and training schedule. Anyone can start an intramural team simply by recruiting a specified number of people and registering the squad. And it's hard to forget the Penn Relays, the largest track event in the world. This event attracts huge crowds of people from all over the country and top track stars from the nation's high schools, colleges, and even the Olympic team. Penn athletics provides impressive facilities, most noticeably the Pottruck Fitness center, and ample opportunity for absolutely everyone to participate as both an athlete and a spirited fan.