Field House Project
As part of Wellesley 2025, the Dorothy Towne Field House will undergo a major renovation, with work beginning March 20, 2014, and ending in early January 2015. The Field House will be "off-line" throughout the renovation, but the rest of the Sports Center -- the Recreation building and Pool -- will remain open. Physical education classes, recreation programs, and athletics practices and contests will continue with as few disruptions as possible.
- For impacted spaces, click here or see individual facilities below.
- For architect plans and renderings, see the Campus Renewal Site.
- For project updates, see The Dirt.
PERA thanks you for your support, patience, and cooperation during this exciting project.
Keohane Sports Center Facilities
Keohane Sports Center
Nannerl O. Keohane Sports Center, named for Nannerl Keohane '61 (Wellesley president, 1981-1993), is the focal point for recreation and fitness at Wellesley College. The Sports Center is home to 14 varsity athletics teams, a diverse physical education curriculum, and a wide variety of recreational, intramural, and wellness activities for the entire College community.
Standard KSC hours for Fall and Spring Semesters are:
- Sunday, 12pm-10pm
- Monday through Thursday, 7am-11:30pm
- Friday, 7am-10pm
- Saturday, 10am-6pm
KSC building hours vary during reading period, finals, holidays, wintersession, spring break and summer session. Please click on the Facilities link in the top-right sidebar for a more detailed calendar.
Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse
Closed for renovation from March 20, 2014, to December 2014.
The renovated Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse will feature a hardwood floor for basketball and volleyball competitions, arena seating for 500, three indoor tennis courts, a spinning room, a climbing wall, a four-lane 200-meter track, a high jump area, and a new long and triple jump pit. Perhaps the most exciting addition for the Wellesley community will be the new Fitness Mezzanine overlooking the Field House, with all cardio and weightlifting machines in a one beautiful, brand-new, temperature-controlled space.
Key Field House relocations during renovation:
- The Cardio Corner will be re-located to Cazenove Dining Hall, for use by PE classes and STUDENTS ONLY
- Faculty and staff may use the cardio machines in the lower level of the Sports Center, across from the weight room
- Spin bikes will be housed in B01, the first glassback squash court on the lower level of the Sports Center
Closed through December 2014.
Located in the Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse, the Climbing Wall is one of the newest additions to the Sports Center. This indoor climbing facility provides both beginning and experienced climbers with all the necessary equipment and instruction to climb. Completion of an orientation session is required and covers all climbing wall policies and procedures.
Weight Training Room
Open during renovation with additional cardio machines installed for use by faculty, staff, students.
The weight training room is equipped with a complete Life Fitness selectorized circuit, free weights, cable system, and stability equipment. Cardio equipment is located near the primary weight room on the lower level of the Sports Center. The weight room has qualified student staff monitoring to help answer any questions and is open to the College community from open to closing time every day.
Varsity Weight Room
Open during Renovation.
This facility allows Wellesley to offer sport-specific programming for all 14 varsity teams. Year after year the facility continues to develop to meet the needs of its student-athletes. The barbells and bumper plates were a gift from Ann Batchelder, professor emeritus. Each year the weight room adds new Hammer Strength, Life Fitness, and Perform Better products.
Relocated to KSC Lower Level, Glassback Squash Court.
The spinning studio, home for 12 NEW LifeCycle GX Life fitness spinning bikes, is open to all students, staff, and faculty. Physical Education classes and recreational rides are conducted in the studio on a daily basis. (Policies)
Open during most of renovation with limited closures for fire protection work (June 9-27 and August 9-31, 2014).
Chandler Pool is one of the finest swimming and diving facilities in the New England area, with an eight-lane competition pool and a one- and three-meter diving well. As home to the Wellesley varsity swimming and diving team, Chandler Pool also hosts a range of swimming programs for the local community, is the practice site for the Wellesley College Water Polo Club and is open to students, faculty, and staff during recreational swim hours.
Squash and Racquetball Courts
One Glassback Squash court will serve as the interim spinning room during construction. The other glassback court and four sublevel courts will remain available for squash. The racquetball court will be unavailable during construction, as it will house the varsity erg machines.
The lower level of the Sports Center includes one racquetball court and six squash courts. These courts are home to Wellesley PE classes and are open for KSC members from early morning until closing (racquets and balls may be checked out at the Front Desk). The courts also serve as auxiliary dance studios and rehearsal spaces for a wide variety of student organizations.
Open during Renovation.
On the upper level of the Sports Center are two large, mirrored dance studios. These spaces are used for variety of PE classes, including zumba, pilates, yoga, and a broad dance curriculum. They are also home to Wellesley's many dance clubs and recreational fitness classes for students, faculty, and staff.
Open during Renovation.
The Upper Practice Field, next to the Sports Center, will be available during the renovation project. All other fields will be unaffected.
In 2002, Wellesley College opened four new athletic fields and a track, The outdoor sports facilities include a state-of-the-art turf field for lacrosse and field hockey, an eight-lane track, grass soccer field, softball venue, and two recreation fields for PE classes and club activities.
Outdoor water sports focus around the Boathouse on Lake Waban, providing access to canoes, paddleboats, sailboats, and kayaks. The Boat House is also home to Wellesley's historic Dorm Crew and Class Crew competitions.
Established in 1893, Wellesley College's Nehoiden Golf Course is the oldest nine-hole course in the country and is home to the Blue's varsity golf team and PE golf classes. Students may also play the course on their own. Clubs are available at the Front Desk of the Sports Center.