Though it's a Division I school, athletic teams at Kent State are, generally speaking, nothing to write home about. With the exception of a few consistently good programs and some exceptional seasons, not a whole lot of excitement surrounds the sports programs. That being said, football and basketball games are fairly well attended, but mostly for social reasons. Still, nearly everyone attending the games dons blue and gold attire to display some school spirit. However, most students' interactions with athletics occur within the realm of intramural sports. Many student organizations and residence halls assemble teams across a wide variety of sports. Since these competitions are only for fun and the commitment is minimal, students find that intramurals are a great way to develop friendships while blowing off some steam at the end of a stressful week. Additionally, adventurous students can take advantage of Kent's location on the Cuyahoga River, and spend a day on the water in a kayak, canoe, or tube, through a University-run program.
In terms of athletic facilities, they are all well-maintained and up-to-date. Most complaints have to do with the proximity of Dix Stadium, which is located approximately two miles from main campus. Since most are unwilling to make the trek by foot (although there is an unfrequented trail connecting the stadium to campus), the University provides transportation to and from the games. All of the other facilities are located in or very near to the heart of campus, making it easy to jog to the Rec for a morning workout, or stop into a volleyball game on a whim.