Stanford drops 11 sports to cut costs during pandemic

John Kosty
Posted at 12:31 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 15:31:50-04

Stanford is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The school announced it will discontinue men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling after the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions.

Stanford projected a deficit of more than $25 million in the 2021 fiscal year and a shortfall of nearly $70 million over the next three years due to the pandemic. The school estimated the cost of sustaining the 11 sports permanently would exceed $200 million.