• MIT features one of the nation’s most expansive club programs with over 1,100 participants and more than 30 teams, several of which
are martial arts clubs. Club sports provide a great opportunity for students to try a new activity and connect with a group on campus.
• All club teams are led and organized by MIT students and are governed by the student-led Club Sports Council.
• The time commitment is flexible based on a student’s preferences, but typically includes two to three practices per week.
• There are two categories of clubs: instructional and competitive. Instructional clubs offer formal training under the supervision of
professional instructors. Competitive clubs participate in regional and national-level tournaments, with many ranking in the nation’s top 10.
• MIT’s intramural sports program offers 20 sports each year, with divisions in each to accommodate various skill levels.
• Teams and leagues at MIT are student-led, and the most popular intramural sports are soccer, ice hockey, and basketball.
• The time commitment is approximately one game lasting about one hour per week.
• Approximately 3,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and spouses participate in intramurals each year. About 30% of all
undergraduate students participate in at least one intramural sport each year.
• MIT’s athletic complex of 10 buildings and 26 acres of playing fields is one of the most expansive in New England.
• The Al ‘51 and Barrie Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center features a three-story natatorium, complete with an Olympic-size swimming
pool, a separate six-lane, 25-yard instructional pool, a myriad of fitness rooms, six international squash courts, a multipurpose
activity court, and the DAPER administrative offices.
• The 20 acres of outdoor fields include recently renovated baseball and softball diamonds, 16 tennis courts and a track complex
that was judged one of the nation’s finest track and field facilities upon opening in 2000. The 12 outdoor courts were completely
renovated in the summer of 2018 with a new playing surface, new fencing, and new lighting. The home to varsity tennis and
physical education and wellness classes, the facility is one of the top venues in the Northeast.
• Henry G. Steinbrenner ‘27 Stadium was dedicated in 1978 by former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and his two
sisters and was rededicated in 2009 after the addition of a new entryway. The gift was made in honor of their father, who won
a national championship in track as an MIT undergraduate. Dedicated in October 2008, Bob and Eveline Roberts P ‘10 Field is
located within Steinbrenner Stadium and features a Field Turf artificial playing surface and lights. Roberts Field serves as the home
for MIT’s football, men’s lacrosse, and soccer teams.
• In 2016, newly-constructed grandstands which seat 1,100 spectators at Steinbrenner ‘27 Stadium were dedicated “In Appreciation
of the Generosity from the Families and Alumni of Men’s and Women’s Soccer.” In addition, a new press box was installed, the
sound system was replaced and state-of-the-art bathrooms were installed just inside the gates of Steinbrenner ‘27 Stadium.
• In 2017, DAPER renovated its track and field complex and was named the Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track. A member of
MIT’s track and field team from 1958-61, Don ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in the long jump. The home of MIT’s
track and field program, Morrison Track features a Beynon BSS 2000 surface and a Hobart finish as the Olympic caliber system
features a force reduction layer of butyl rubber and full-depth color Polyurethane that is finished with a customized surface texture
engineered to meet the intense demands of competition. All of the field competition areas were also fully resurfaced, along with
upgrades of the wiring for the timing systems.
• Jack Barry Field, completely renovated in the summer of 2011, is one of the finest facilities of its kind in New England and is the
home of the MIT field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams.
• The David Flett duPont Athletic Center is equipped with a pistol and rifle range, fencing room, wrestling room, squash courts, the
Paul Rudovsky ‘66 Indoor Golf Range, and additional instructional rooms for dance and martial arts. The basketball and volleyball
teams practice and compete in Rockwell Cage.
• Alumni Pool and Wang Fitness Center, housed in the Stata Center on the East side of campus, features a 25-yard pool as well as a
shallow water instructional pool, group exercise studio, and a fitness center.
• MIT’s athletic facilities extend to the water where the Engineers helped make the Charles River the birthplace of intercollegiate
sailing and a historic site for intercollegiate crew. The banks of the Charles are home to the Walter C. Wood Sailing Pavilion, the
oldest university sailing pavilion in the world, and the Harold W. Pierce Boathouse.
• In 2010, patrons voted the Zesiger Center “Boston’s Best Gym” through City Voter’s A-List.
MIT Athletic Brand
• MIT’s athletic teams are known as the Engineers. Developing its roots as a technology-based university, the term Engineers has
been affectionately used to describe MIT’s athletic teams since the turn of the 20th century. The term “Tech” is even older and dates
back to the 1880s when the Institute was simply known as Technology.
• Cardinal Red and Silver Gray were adopted as the official colors for MIT in 1876. Cardinal Red stood for 1,000 years on land and
sea in England’s emblem; it comprises half of the stripes on America’s flag; it has always stirred the heart and mind of man; and
it stands for ‘red blood’ and all that ‘red blood’ stands for in life. Silver Gray was chosen to evoke the quiet virtues of modesty,
persistency and gentleness.
• MIT’s official mascot is the beaver. Simply put, the beaver is nature’s engineer and was chosen as the official mascot for the
Institute in 1914 because of its remarkable mechanical skills and habits of industry.
• Branded merchandise can be purchased at the main desk of the Zesiger Center and online at www.mitathletics.com.
• Physical Education and Wellness
• Recreational Sports
• Club Sports
• Intramurals Sports