Athletics and Fitness

Varsity Sports

Our students work tremendously hard—and our 17 Division I athletic teams play even harder. Cheer on Northeastern’s men’s and women’s ice hockey as they go for the Beanpot or catch a basketball game at historic Matthews Arena. Our teams are among the most successful in New England and host some of the biggest collegiate events each year. #HowlinHuskies!

December 1, 2011 - Northeastern University's women's basketball team hosts The University of Vermont. PHOTO: Mary Knox Merrill / Northeastern University

Club and Intramural Sports

We boast more than 40 intramural and 60+ club teams for students looking to get their competitive juices flowing outside of the varsity athletic scene. Sports offered include lacrosse, rugby, ultimate frisbee, and badminton, along with many, many others.

November 6, 2012 - Students, faculty and staff got an early look at the men's basketball team during the annual open practice as they prepare for their home opener on Friday night against BU.

More than 2,000 students participate in intramural or club sports each year.

Fitness Centers

We have three state-of-the-art fitness centers on campus to help students maintain a healthy lifestyle:

For rock climbing, basketball, and fitness classes, you’ll use the Marino Recreation Center. The center also boasts three floors of fitness equipment, free weights, weight machines, and a suspended running track.

If you’re interested in racquetball, swimming laps or playing a little golf you’ll frequent the Cabot Center. This center also has indoor facilities for volleyball, tennis, and soccer, as well as a running track.

And if you want to play a little squash, you’ll go to the Badger and Rosen SquashBusters Facility, which houses eight squash courts and 52 workout stations. It also features a spectacular view of the Boston skyline.


November 9, 2014 - Student members of the Northeastern University Powerlifting club (NUPL) worked out during practice on Sunday afternoon in the Cabot Weight room.

98% of students attend a sporting event each year in support of their favorite teams.

If you’re not able to see the Huskies in action, you can show your support by following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribing to the Huskies Hotwire newsletter.

The popular Priority Points program is a great way to win Northeastern gear and other prizes—just for supporting the Huskies!

Did you know that our very own Matthews Arena was once home to the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics? How about that Matthews is the world’s oldest indoor hockey arena in the world named one of the 7 Wonders of the Hockey World by Sports Illustrated? The storied venue celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2010.