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. (Policies)
Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse
The centerpiece of the Sports Center, Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse features a hardwood parquet basketball court, five indoor tennis courts, a spinning room, and a four-lane 200-meter track. The Fieldhouse offers ample space for varsity competitions, PE classes, club sport practices, and open recreation users. The Cardio Corner includes new treadmills, ellipticals, upright and recumbent bikes as well as StairMasters for Wellesley community use.
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. (The Climbing Wall is currently closed. It will re-open in January 2015).
Weight Training Room
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
Home to the Wellesley varsity volleyball team, the Multipurpose Gymnasium is also used for PE classes, for student-run clubs, and for a host of intramural activities, including volleyball, soccer, basketball, and dodgeball. It is also available for open recreation.
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.