About the 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 13 varsity athletics teams, a diverse physical education curriculum, and a wide variety of recreational, intramural, and wellness activities for the entire College community. (Sports Center Policies)
Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse
The renovated Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse features a hardwood floor for basketball and volleyball competitions, arena seating for 500, three indoor tennis courts, a spin 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 is the new Fitness Center on the second floor, overlooking the Field House, with all cardio and weightlifting machines in a one beautiful, brand-new, temperature-controlled space.
The Fitness Center, located on the second floor of the Sports Center overlooking the Fieldhouse, is equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, cable system, and stability equipment. The Fitness Center has qualified student staff monitoring the space to help answer any questions. It is available to the College community from the time the building opens until an hour before closing every day. NOTE: The Fitness Center will remain open during PE classes (such as Cardio Fitness or Couch to 5K), but please note that students in those classes have priority during class times. (Fitness Center Policies)
Varsity Weight Room
This facility offers sport-specific programming for all 13 varsity teams. With support from Ann Batchelder, professor emeritus, and from Alice Lehmann Butler '53 and her husband, John, Wellesley has built a state-of-the-art training center for varsity athletes. Our ever-growing facility now has seven squat racks, four Olympic platforms, and a host of barbells, dumbbells, plyo boxes, bands, medicine balls, weight vests, and other training aids. We are continually updating equipment to meet the needs of Wellesley student-athletes
The spin studio, home to 12 LifeCycle GX Life fitness spinning bikes, is open to all students, staff, and faculty. Physical Education classes and recreational classes are conducted in the studio on a daily basis. NOTE: The spin studio is available from open to close every day, except during scheduled PE and recreation classes. (Spin Studio Policies)
Chandler Pool is one of the finest swimming and diving facilities in New England, with an eight-lane competition pool and a one- and three-meter diving well. 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.
Closed Fall 2020
Located in the Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse, 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 lower level of the Sports Center includes five 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.
The Multipurpose Gym is used for PE classes, student-run clubs, and a host of intramural activities, including volleyball, soccer, basketball, and dodgeball. It is also available for open recreation.
Limited use Fall 2020
In 2002, Wellesley College opened four new athletic fields and a track. The complex includes a 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.
Boating activities at Wellesley College take place at the newly renovated Butler Boathouse on Lake Waban, providing access to canoes, paddleboats, sailboats, and kayaks. The Boathouse 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.