In 1920 the first Kent State University athletics team played. The sport was football. The “field band” was there and played in the stands. From then until now, the Kent State community brings that Golden Flashes pride to every game and every team that plays for Kent State.

19 varsity athletic teams at the Division 1 level
Over 2,000 programs offered at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center annually
6,327 capacity at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center

Athletics Info

  • Intercollegiate Sports

    Intercollegiate Sports

    Kent State University’s athletics program includes baseball, basketball (women’s), basketball (men’s), cross country, field hockey, football, golf (women’s), golf (men’s), gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball, wrestling. Kent State University has developed state-of-the-art facilities to support our student athletes.

  • Purchase Tickets

    Purchase Tickets

    The Kent State Athletics Ticket Office conducts ticketing for eight of the Golden Flashes varsity sports: football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, gymnastics,wrestling, baseball and indoor track and field. You may also purchase tickets online or over the phone. Kent State students are admitted FREE to ALL regular season home athletic events by presenting their FLASHcard.

  • Recreation & Wellness

    Recreation & Wellness

    Do you love to play recreational sports and stay fit? The Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) offers you state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities to play for enjoyment and to improve your game. The SRWC has aquatics programs, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis, outdoor sand volleyball, indoor climbing walls, an indoor track and a packed schedule of fitness, dance and other classes.

  • Club Sports

    Club Sports

    Club sports are formed by students with a common interest and desire to participate in a specific sport or activity, from competitive sports like ultimate frisbee, to recreational clubs like badminton and fencing.

  • Intramural Sports & Community Leagues

    Intramural Sports & Community Leagues

    Kent State students, faculty, staff and their spouses can get involved recreational sports, programs, and/or activities in which participants compete as teams or as individuals against other Kent State University intramural teams or individuals.

  • Ice Arena

    Ice Arena

    At Kent State, it’s always the perfect time for ice skating! Kent State’s own Ice Arena offers public skating, skating lessons, hockey programs, broomball and more.

Stay Connected

Cheer on the Golden Flashes at the many athletics events hosted throughout the year. Follow Intercollegiate Athletics and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates, and keep track of Kent State events using the Athletics Event Calendar.

Show off your Golden Flashes pride with Kent State gear available through the University Bookstore. Once you have the gear, you will need some sporting events to wear them too. Be sure to check the Athletics Event Calendar for upcoming events.

The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is a result of the collaboration between Alumni, University Officials and the Kent State Foundation. It is conveniently located in downtown Kent, adjacent to the Kent Campus, providing access to nearby restaurants, boutique shops, galleries and campus events.