The Maroons are the intercollegiate sports teams of the University of Chicago. They are named after the color maroon, one of the school's colors. They compete in the NCAA's Division III. They are primarily members of the University Athletic Association and were co-founders of the Big Ten Conference in 1895 and members until 1946. The school was part of the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference from 1976 to 1987. The team colors are maroon and white, and the Phoenix is their mascot. Stagg Field is the home stadium for the football team.
On March 7, 1946 the University of Chicago withdrew from the Big Ten Conference. On May 31, 1946 the resignation was formally accepted by the Big Ten Conference.
Wave the Flag (For Old Chicago) is the fight song for the Maroons. Gordon Erickson wrote the lyrics in 1929. The tune was adapted from Miami University's "Marching Song" written in 1908 by Raymond H. Burke, a University of Chicago graduate who joined Miami's faculty in 1906.