Athletics and Recreation
Quinnipiac recognizes the importance of athletics and recreation in student life. The university supports 21 highly competitive, Division I intercollegiate teams, as well as an extensive campus recreation program. The campus recreation program, which provides access to fully equipped fitness centers consists of intramurals, fitness and many leisure-time offerings. For specific program information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic teams for men include baseball, basketball, cross-country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. Women compete in acrobatics and tumbling, basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, rugby, softball and volleyball.
Quinnipiac has full memberships in the following NCAA Division I conferences:
- Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)
- ECAC Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey
- Big East (Field Hockey)
- National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association
National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA)
Several spirit groups lend their support to athletic teams. The Quinnipiac Pep Band, Boomer the Bobcat (mascot), Sideline Cheer and Ice Cats perform at a variety of athletic events. The university dance teams are often regular performers and crowd favorites as well!
The Quinnipiac intramural program offers a variety of competitive sports activities in a recreational setting. Participants have freedom of choice, equality of opportunity and responsibility for sharing in the planning, supervision and administration of their sports programs. Participants create their own teams, select their level of competition and vie for coveted championship T-shirts. Nearly 75 percent of the student body participates in one or more intramural activities.
The intramural program has work-study positions available for referees and statisticians. Intramural offerings include:
- Basketball (5-on-5 and 3-on-3)
- Flag football
- Ice Hockey
- Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
- Tennis (singles & doubles)
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Volleyball (4-on-4 and 6-on 6)
- Wiffle ball
- Open skate (figure skating)
For more information about intramural sports, visit the Quinnipiac Athletics website.
Fitness Classes and Programs
Campus Recreation offers a full schedule of free lunchtime and evening activities taught by certified student instructors. Activities include a variety of the latest trends including: Spinning®, Barre, Ugifit®, Boot Camp, Zumba(R), Yoga and Pilates.
Classes usually begin during the second week of the fall and spring semesters. Classes are not scheduled during summer. The schedule is available to the Quinnipiac community via MyQ, on IMLeagues.com as well as at the Fitness Centers.
For more information about fitness and aerobics classes, visit the Quinnipiac Athletics website.
“Open Rec” hours are scheduled in both the Recreation Center and the dance studios on Mount Carmel Campus. Quinnipiac community members are encouraged to walk or jog on the track; and to play basketball or volleyball in the Recreation Center or use the mirrored dance studios to rehearse. Hours are posted beside the entrance doors of each facility.
Athletic and Recreation Facilities
People’s United Center
The People’s United Center is a state-of-the-art, 185,000-square-foot facility featuring separate arenas for Quinnipiac University’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey teams. The two arenas at the sports center are connected by a three-story structure featuring a common lobby and ticket box office, the University Club, administrative and team offices, professional-style locker rooms with student athlete lounges, conference and meeting rooms, athletic training and equipment rooms, and a strength and conditioning center. The People’s United Center is located on Quinnipiac’s 250-acre York Hill Campus on Sherman Avenue, less than a mile from the Mount Carmel Campus.
Burt Kahn Court/Gymnasium
This hardwood floor facility located in the Athletic and Recreation Center on Mount Carmel Campus serves as the competitive site for Quinnipiac home volleyball games. The gymnasium also is occasionally used for intramurals and “open recreation.”
The Recreation Center on Mount Carmel Campus has four multipurpose courts that are used for tennis, basketball and volleyball. Curtains between each court allow for a variety of activities to take place simultaneously.
There are three fitness centers at Quinnipiac University. One is located in the Athletic and Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Campus; another is located in the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus. Both have a full line of strength equipment, free weights and cardiovascular equipment including:
- Adaptive motion trainers (AMT)
- Bicycles (recumbent, upright)
- Free climbers/steppers
The third fitness center is a satellite space on the North Haven Campus, with a few pieces of cardio equipment and free weights.
The fitness centers are open to all members of the Quinnipiac community. Prospective users must complete an online waiver. Please review the online waiver rules and regulations located in your WebAdvisor account to initiate your usage of the facilities. A validated Quinnipiac ID must be presented for entrance to the facility at all time.
Fitness classes, dance groups and many other campus groups all share the university’s three studios. The mirrored studios each contain state-of-the-art stereo equipment for professional and student use. Each studio also is equipped with audio and video systems. Equipment for all scheduled activities and classes is provided. Mats, steps, power bars and hand weights usually are available in the studio equipment storage area.
Quinnipiac community members may drop in during free time to use the studios for exercising or rehearsals.
The suspended track encircles the four Recreation Center courts on the Mount Carmel Campus. Students and staff may walk and jog upstairs while games and practices are being conducted downstairs. Nine laps of the track equal one mile.
All four corners of the indoor track on the Mount Carmel Campus have been outfitted with various pieces of cardiovascular equipment. Each corner (approx. 2,800 square feet) has treadmills, elliptical, steppers and bikes. Additionally, one corner is outfitted with multipurpose mats, stability balls and light weights.
There is a Spinning® room located in the fitness center on the York Hill Campus. There is an online bike reservations process. Use of this room is available during classes only.
Outdoor Venues and Fields
Quinnipiac’s outdoor athletic facilities consist of athletic fields for softball, baseball and women's intercollegiate rugby, six lighted tennis courts and two state-of-the-art artificial turf stadiums. One is dedicated to field hockey and the other to both men's and women's soccer and lacrosse.
A hitting wall and basketball court are adjacent to the Recreation Center.
Quinnipiac supplies most recreation equipment, such as volleyballs, basketballs and tennis rackets. Equipment may be signed out at the fitness center reception desk with a Quinnipiac ID.