Sports & Athletics

The electricity in the air at a University of Wyoming sporting event is an experience all its own. As the singular four-year institution of higher education in the state, the University of Wyoming is college athletics for the state of Wyoming. That means that when you watch sports in Laramie, the fans are not just Cowboys and Cowgirls fans — they are Wyoming fans. They wear the Steamboat logo with the pride of the entire state, from the Tetons to the Big Horns to Devils Tower. The spirit of Wyoming pride is unlike anywhere else. Our fans live and breathe Wyoming.

The University is home to 17 Division I NCAA sports teams, including football, basketball, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, swimming, diving, tennis, track, cross country, and golf. Tickets may be purchased at, or at the Athletics Ticket Office by calling (307) 766-7220

When you come to Laramie to watch the Cowboys and Cowgirls compete for greatness, we recommend brushing up on some of the traditions here in Laramie:

  • The University's colors are brown and gold, but any Cowboy attire will fit right in.
  • The University of Wyoming's cowboy mascot is named Pistol Pete.
  • The pony mascot is Cowboy Joe. His run after each Cowboy football touchdown dates back to a tradition started in 1950. The current pony is a direct descendant of that first pony.
  • The Wyoming logo is named Steamboat, after a real live bucking bronco born in 1896 near Chugwater, Wyoming. He started off as a symbol of the University of Wyoming in the early 1900s, and became adopted by the state of Wyoming on the license plates in the 1930s.
  • Students may chant "Beer Song" throughout a game, in hopes that the Western Thunder Marching Band might grant them their favorite tune.
  • The lyrics to the school fight song, "Ragtime Cowboy Joe," are as follows:

"He always sings raggy music to the cattle as he swings back and forward in the saddle, on a horse - a pretty good horse! He's got a syncopated gaiter, and you ought to hear the meter to the roar of his repeater; how they run - yes run! - when they hear him 'a-comin',
‘cause the western folks all know, he's a high-falootin', rootin', tootin', son of a gun from ol' Wyoming, Ragtime Cowboy, Talk about your Cowboy, Ragtime Cowboy Joe."

We hope you enjoy your time cheering on the dedicated student athletes of the University of Wyoming. Go Pokes!

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