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3 College Junior

Athletics: Nobody really cares about our sports teams - basketball gets some hype at best. The gym on campus is awesome, if thats important to you.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students don't support the football team, which is the best team won campus and it's annoying.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a club sport athlete I love the athletics department. Facilities are great and there is a lot of funding. However school spirit for varsity sports is extremely lacking.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: They are fun to watch and are good at what they do.

2 College Junior

Athletics: The facilities are good, and the teams experience modest amounts of success. However, from the view of a fan/student, it can be very disappointing. First off, not many people show up to events and games. Second, there is almost no student tailgating before most games. Third, there is very little school spirit. From the lack of a pep band at football games to the low attendance to people not wearing colors to support their team, there is just not much atmosphere.

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The biggest asset to the Spider athletics program was the football team’s recent National A-10 Championship. The new coach for the Spiders, Coach London, is visible and excited, and the players as well as the student body and faculty seem to really like and respect him. He has turned the football program around, and our games will probably be even better attended next year, after having a championship under our belt. Attendance will also increase with the new on-campus football stadium being constructed right now. Basketball and baseball are also strong points of UR athletics and games are a lot of fun to attend.

For students not gifted enough to play a varsity sport, club sports are a fun way to meet people, exercise, and compete against other schools. It’s fairly easy to make a team, and once you are on one, you get to travel to other schools to compete in tournaments. Intramural sports are even bigger than club sports, and in some cases, bigger than varsity sports. Every year, the fraternities compete against one another to see who can win the title of Intramural Champion. Games between rival fraternities can get ugly as drunken fans pack the sidelines to cheer for their team and curse the other guys. Brawls have erupted at intramural basketball games, and there are now police officers at every game. Sororities also participate in intramurals and get quite competitive, but their games don’t get nearly as rowdy as the fraternity games.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference
School Colors
Navy blue, red, and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
194 - 14%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
175 - 11%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 74
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 17
Cross Country/Track: 20
Other Sports: 109
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 82%
Basketball: 50%
Baseball: 86%
Cross Country/Track: 78%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Club Sports
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Crew
  • D-Squad
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • SpinnURs
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Floor hockey
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Crenshaw Field
  • Golf Practice Facility
  • Odyssey High Ropes Course
  • Pitt Field
  • Robins Center
  • Robins Stadium
  • Tennis Complex
  • Ukrop Park
  • Walking and Running Trails
  • Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness
Most Popular Sports
The football team! The University of Richmond won the National Championship in Chatanooga, Tenn., in December 2008. Coach Mike London led the Spiders in a 24-7 victory over Montana. It was the first title in UR football history.
Most Overlooked Teams
The baseball team. They're nationally ranked, and the games are a lot of fun to attend on relaxing, sunny afternoons.
School Spirit
School spirit fluctuates depending on how well the teams are doing during a particular season. When our football and basketball teams are doing well, games are well-attended. However, during losing streaks, you can expect the crowd not to be very loud. While there are some die-hard student fans who come to every game, they fall few and far between.
Getting Tickets
UR students get in free when they show their SpiderCard. Other fans need to buy tickets from the Box Office.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the lake in the middle of campus-it is beautiful.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 16% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 63% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 19% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 66 responses

  • 32% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 30% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 66 responses

  • 26% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 64% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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