Athletics is huge part of student life at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Community members, parents and students turn out by the thousands for events in football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, skiing, tennis, cross country, and track and field. Approximately 1,500 students participate in 34 intercollegiate club sports annually.
CU-Boulder student athletes live by the “work hard, play hard” motto. Colorado Buffaloes competed in nine intercollegiate sports in the NCAA Division/Big 12 Conference, and it was announced recently that they will be joining the Pacific-10 Conference. The Buffaloes have won 23 NCAA championships, including 17 in skiing and one in football.
The athletic facilities at CU-Boulder are some of the best in the nation. Folsom Field opened in 1924 and has seen thousands of football games and hundreds of thousands of cheering fans. Folsom offers special seating and suites for serious fans. Suites come with a surprising level of comfort and amenities unavailable elsewhere in the stadium. It features extra wide chair-back seating, access to the climate controlled Club Lounge, 112 television monitors, upscale dining service, and private restrooms.
The Coors Events Conference Center opened its doors in 1979 and seats just over 11,000 fans for basketball games and other events. Potts Field was constructed in 1967 and is home to highly competitive track and field events. Potts sports an Olympic-style 400 meter track oval with state of the art Mondo surface.
Other athletic facilities include Prentup Field, the Dal Ward Athletic Center, Balch Fieldhouse, Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course, and the South Campus Tennis Complex.
The CU-Boulder athletic program cultivates student athletes who consistently compete on a national level, and often go on to become world-class professional athletes. CU-Boulder has an athletic Hall of Fame with 47 members from the last 50 years, and is the alma mater of many of today’s most well-known professional athletes.