Welcome to Flames Nation
This is where grit and grace meet the gridiron. The ice. The field. The track. The pool.
It’s where athletes play with passion — and then pray with their competitors after the game, win or lose.
It’s a D1 experience with conviction. A fan favorite that’s also a family favorite.
At Liberty University, you’ll get the big-time college game day experience — the traditions, the tailgates, and the thundering crowds. But you’ll also get the testimonies of coaches and student-athletes who understand that being a champion means more than simply being a victor.
A Champion for Christ is an advocate. A defender. Someone who champions living like Christ by displaying gratitude, holiness, humility, integrity, joy, love, service, and unity.
And at Liberty, we Train Champions for Christ.
2019 Cure Bowl Champions
So be early. Be loud. Wear red.
Because this is Flames Nation — and we’re here to change the game.
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“Liberty has some of the best athletic facilities in the whole world. I’ve trained in Olympic pools from Italy to Egypt, and the facilities here amazed me. That was one of the reasons I chose Liberty to begin with — as well as the Christian education.”
— Junior Charles Fernandez, two-time Olympic athlete, 2015 Pan Am Games Modern Pentathlon winner, first to win back-to-back gold at the Pan Am Games, and member of Liberty’s Men’s Swimming and Diving team
NCAA Division 1 Sports
Come out and cheer on our 20 teams playing at the highest collegiate level — in the ASUN conference, the BIG EAST, CCSA, and as an independent in the FBS. Tickets to all regular season match-ups are free to Liberty students.*
Flames Football battles it out on the gridiron against schools like Syracuse, Louisiana, Rutgers, UMass, BYU, UVA, and other fierce FBS opponents and has been ranked in the AP poll’s Top 25. Check out all the action and learn about more Liberty’s NCAA programs at LibertyFlames.com.
*Please note that many athletic matchups in the 2020-21 academic year have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please go to LibertyFlames.com for the most up-to-date information on all NCAA Div. I sporting events.
Did You Know?
In October 2020, Liberty blitzed into the AP Top 25 for the first time in program history with a 6-0 record.
Liberty Football won its first bowl game in program history in the Cure Bowl on Dec. 21, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.
Liberty’s NCAA Division I program has won over 140 conference titles.
In 2019, the Lady Flames Division I hockey team won their third national championship.
In the university’s inaugural season in the ASUN conference, Liberty was awarded the Bill Bibb Trophy, recognizing the school as the conference’s top overall athletics program for 2018-19.
In 2018, Liberty Flames Football became the ninth team in NCAA history to win six or more games during its inaugural season in the FBS.
Liberty Athletics has captured a conference All-Sports Award trophy 15 times in the past 22 years, including 14 Sasser Cup titles (in the Big South Conference).
Liberty University men’s basketball Head Coach Ritchie McKay was named the 2019 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, an award presented annually to the top coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
The Flames captured the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship, punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed. The Flames upended No. 5 seed Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, marking the first time the team has picked up a win in the “Big Dance” in their fourth trip to the tournament.
Liberty’s only NCAA programs not competing in the ASUN conference are football, which will enter its third season as an FBS independent, field hockey (BIG EAST Conference), and women’s swimming and diving (CCSA).
Senior men’s track standout Alejandro Perlaza Zapata represented his native Colombia in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and is headed to Tokyo in 2020.
Flames triathlete Giovanni Bianco, a graduate student from Italy, won the 20-24-year-old long-course triathlon division at the Multisport World Championship Festival in Denmark, in July 2018.
In January, Liberty University’s men’s wrestling team became the first team in the NCWA National Duals tournament’s 11-year history to defend its national title.
The 2019 State Games of America were hosted on Liberty’s campus.
In October, Flames Baseball traveled to the Dominican Republic to lead a youth baseball clinic on a field shared by the San Francisco Giants. Players and coaching staff also visited an orphanage for disabled children, delivered food to an outlying village, played games against local teams, and shared the gospel wherever they went.
Liberty’s Club Sports program is modeled after an NCAA Division III athletics department and is unlike any other in the country. With 39 teams and more than 700 members and coaches, as well as professional-grade facilities and training areas, Liberty’s Club Sports programs bring serious match-ups and exhilarating competition to the Liberty arena.
Check them out and cheer them on — because the real secret to our home-field advantage is our fans.
Liberty competes in these sports at the Club Sports level:
- Figure Skating
- Hockey Division I
- Hockey Division II
- Synchronized Skating
- Beach Volleyball
- Disc Golf
- Rock Climbing
- Ski & Snowboard
- Tae Kwon Do
Want to catch all the Flames action — even when you can’t be at the game? Tune into the Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN), Liberty’s radio and television networks that have been covering Flames athletics since 1981.
Liberty sports events can be viewed on all satellite and cable systems throughout Southwestern and Central Virginia on WFFP Channel 24. They are also broadcast on outlets across the nation, including the Mid- Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), ESPN3, Cox Television Network, American Sports Network (ASN), The Walk, and various independent stations, representing more than 40 million households coast-to-coast.
Make sure you also catch Game On, LFSN’s weekly update on all things Liberty Athletics.
College Football Fun at LU Starts Long Before Kickoff…
Promote school spirit, enhance the game-day atmosphere, and connect with Liberty’s athletics programs by joining the Student Flames Club.
Available to all residential and online students, membership costs range between $25 (one-year) and $75 (four-year), and give you the following benefits:
- A Student Flames Club (SFC) T-shirt and lanyard
- 10% discount at the Liberty University Barnes & Noble Bookstore (including the Starbucks Café)
- The opportunity to reserve premium tailgating space for all home football games
- Invitations to exclusive members-only SFC events throughout the year
- Priority on tickets for select away games and postseason events
- Coupons to local restaurants
- Opportunities to earn points — which can be cashed in for prizes — by attending events
The game-day experience begins long before the football team takes the field.
Two hours prior to kickoff at each home game, Liberty Athletics hosts the ultimate fan experience with the Flames Fan Fest inside the Liberty University Indoor Practice Facility.
The event is free and open to all ticket holders and features music, the live LFSN Radio pregame show, and tailgate games. The area allows fans to enjoy family time before the game — rain or shine — within a climate-controlled facility. Children can have fun with bounce houses and inflatable obstacle courses or take pictures with Sparky and the Liberty cheerleaders.
Flames Club members can also enjoy a pregame meal.