FIU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Sun Belt Conference for 16 men’s and women’s athletic programs. The men’s soccer program is a member of Conference USA. The university has competed at the NCAA Division I level (the highest classification offered by the NCAA) since September of 1987. FIU competed successfully at the Division II level since 1972. Programs and services in the Intercollegiate Athletics provide an opportunity for student-athletes to develop their athletic skills and leadership abilities in an educational setting. Much emphasis is placed on the student as a student-athlete to ensure intellectual, emotional and social well being.
ATHLETICS TEAM MEMBERSHIP
Athletic team membership is open to all full-time students, who meet NCAA eligibility requirements and are enrolled for 12 credits. Women’s programs consist of basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, track, softball, cross-country, and swimming. Men’s programs consist of basketball, football, soccer, baseball, track, and cross-country. To be eligible for intercollegiate competition, the university and NCAA require each student-athlete to be in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward a degree. Team membership is determined in a manner which does not discriminate based on race, gender, national origin, marital status, age, or disability.
Financial assistance is available to all students recruited for all 17 athletic teams. Assistance may include grants, scholarships, loans or self-help programs. To be eligible for financial assistance, each student-athlete must be in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward a degree.
The Athletic Department utilizes seven facilities that serve as the sites for athletic, educational, and recreational activities.
The FIU Arena is home to our intercollegiate men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as our women’s volleyball team. It is a multi-purpose facility with a seating capacity for 5,150 and has been the venue of our convocation and graduation ceremonies for several years. The main floor can hold four volleyball courts and two basketball courts. The two auxiliary gyms can each hold one full basketball court or a volleyball court. Also housed in the arena are seven classrooms and six locker rooms.
The FIU Soccer and FIU Softball Stadiums are the home of our intercollegiate men’s and women’s programs. Both stadiums are lighted. The soccer stadium seats 1,500 and the softball stadium seats 300.
The FIU Tennis Center has twelve lighted courts and is home to the women’s tennis program. Six courts are open for daily recreational play.
The new FIU Football Stadium and Stadium Club will open a new era in FIU Athletics with the grand opening of Phase I of the new FIU football stadium in Fall 2008. The stadium will feature over 15,000 permanent seats, 1,400 club seats, an upper concourse and 19 full service luxury suites. The stadium will feature the 6,500 sq. ft. Stadium Club, which is a multi-purpose banquet hall that can be used for different events such as weddings, banquets, conferences and pre-game parties. The stadium is the home of our intercollegiate football program. During the fall, the facility is used to host many Miami-Dade County Schools high school football games.
The University Park Baseball Stadium is the home to our intercollegiate baseball team. The stadium has a seating capacity of 2000.
FIU students are admitted to all regular season intercollegiate athletic homes game events free of charge. Presentation of valid university identification card is required.
For additional information please call: FIU Athletic Facilities 348-3258; visit the website at fiusports.com or call the Pharmed Box Office at 348-4263 (FIU-GAME).
Programs and Services