Athletics at UVA have always been huge, and almost everyone recognizes this coming into the school. Football in particular is a very big sport here, no matter the quality of the team from season to season. Going to home football games is definitely a tradition at UVA. Girls don their pearls and guys their ties before they go and tailgate on the Lawn and outside of the stadium. There is no feeling quite like the one you get when standing in the student section of Scott Stadium pleasantly tipsy on a sunny day singing “Good ‘Ole Song” after every touchdown. Some say the reason UVA has a tradition of dressing up for games is that, years ago, the teams were so bad that students felt that if the teams couldn’t look good, at least the fans would. It is an experience that caters to a variety of people, not just the avid college football fan. In many ways, it’s true that you don’t get the full experience at Virginia until you’ve been to a sporting event.
Intramurals and club sports also have a pretty big presence on campus. Almost any sport you can think of is offered. UVA students enjoy watching sports and being active. Frats, sororities, CIOs, and independents alike form teams and throw down. Popular IM sports include basketball, wally ball, and inner tube water polo. For the more dedicated athlete who is not quite on varsity level, many club sports are offered and taken quite seriously. There is plenty to find in Virginia’s athletics, at all levels of competition.