Kenyon is home to one of the most exciting athletic centers of any small college in the country. Spacious, welcoming, architecturally stunning, and equipped with top-flight facilities, the Kenyon Athletic Center opened in January 2006. Soaring glass walls, arching steel trusses, and sleek lines make for a dramatic design. Open views and abundant natural light throughout the building promote the friendly interactions that shape Kenyon's spirit of community.
The building features the 200-meter Barrett A. Toan Indoor Track, an Olympic-sized pool within the Kenyon Aquatic Center, the 1,600-seat Tomsich Arena for basketball and volleyball, the stunning 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art Patterson Fitness Center that houses more than 200 pieces of exercise equipment, and the 120-seat Beulah Kahler Theater for game film review and team meetings.
In addition to the previously mentioned sections, the Kenyon Athletic Center also holds ample room for racquetball and squash courts, multipurpose rooms for dance, yoga, and aerobics, several study lounges, a Multi-Activity Court for recreational use, four conference rooms, a café, and substantial locker room space.
The facility features a pool that holds 985,000 gallons of water, accommodates 20 lanes (25 yards), or nine long-course lanes, ample deck space, plus one- and three-meter diving boards. The size of the pool not only makes for more comfortable competition, but allows the swim teams efficient practice options, while creating more time for recreational swimming. The Center also includes a wet classroom, a meet manager's office, a whirlpool, on-deck access to locker rooms, a digital scoreboard, and second-tier stands that seat approximately 350 fans.
Kenyon's award-winning Barrett A. Toan track occupies the north end of the Kenyon Athletic Center. The track, which opened for competition in the winter of 2006, is 200 meters with six lanes and eight sprint lanes. The surface is Mondo Super X and is 14 mm in depth. The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) recognized the track as its 2006 Facility of the Year.
Home to the men's and women's indoor track teams, Toan track also holds room for two sand pits and two pole vault boxes. Right next to the track are two drop-down cages for batting or golf practice. The entire track has perimeter netting to separate the infield from the running lanes. Netting can also split the infield in half for varsity practices, intramural use, or recreational games.
Tomsich Arena is the home playing site for the Lords and Ladies basketball teams, as well as the Ladies volleyball team. Located inside the Kenyon Athletic Center, the main athletic facility on campus, Tomsich Arena became the new home for the Lords and Ladies in 2006.
The name was carried over from the court's original location inside the Ernst Center, where it was dedicated in 1981. Tomsich Arena now holds approximately 1,500 fans and comes equipped with new scoreboards, media centers, scorers' table, and concession stand.
Home to the men’s and women’s tennis teams, the David W. Jasper Tennis Center holds four award-winning indoor courts in the southeast corner of the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC). The court surface is the same blue Deco-Turf II as used at the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court of the U.S. Open. The Jasper Center also includes coaches’ offices that overlook the courts, as well as a stringing room, and a balcony for match spectators. The courts have direct and indirect lighting for competition and each has its own electronic scoreboard.
Within the first year of the Jasper Center’s unveiling, the American Sports Builders Association recognized it with a ‘Distinguished Facility’ award.
In addition to the indoor courts, the Lords and Ladies have full access to a dozen, well-maintained outdoor courts, which also feature the Deco-Turf II surface and are just a few hundred feet away from the KAC.
Mavec Field is the home stadium for Kenyon's men's and women's soccer programs, as well as the women's lacrosse program. Long regarded as one of the best collegiate soccer fields in Ohio, it is known for its great playing surface on the 120 x 75-yard pitch. Created in 1975 with funds provided by Bruce Mavec '72 and other members of the Mavec family, the field has been the site for numerous NCAA Division III tournament contests and was recently upgraded with new bleachers and new World Cup style goals. Additionally, a new scoreboard and perimeter fencing were added to the facility. Two more full-sized fields, adjacent to Mavec, are used for varsity practice sessions.
Through a series of recent renovations, McBride Field—the home of Kenyon's field hockey, football, and men's lacrosse teams—has transformed into one of the finest in all of Division III athletics.
In 2004, thanks in part to the graciousness of several donors, the field received a new OmniGrass surface, a synthetic turf considered to be the safest on the market. The turf, which is the same type used by some National Football League teams, holds particles of rubber infill that trap air between them, causing compaction to become virtually impossible. Below the surface are four layers of primary backing for shock absorption, strength, and superior drainage.
The refurbished McBride Field also includes stands with a seating capacity of 2,200 and a new press box, constructed in 2005, for media and coaches.
Named in honor of Columbus native Colonel Owen T. McCloskey, who worked as a reference librarian and researcher at Kenyon, McCloskey Field sits at the southeast edge of campus. The well-groomed field recently benefitted from a newly constructed mound, rebuilt bullpens, as well as a laser-graded and leveled playing surface. The field measures 330 feet down the lines, 375 feet in the alleys, and 400 feet to straight-away center. The facility has undergone extensive renovations in recent years and now features new fencing and an irrigation and sprinkler system, an updated press box and scoreboard, as well as new restroom facilities, and concession and storage areas.
Kenyon's softball complex was constructed near the southeast edge of campus and has been home for the Ladies since their inaugural season of 1998. The complex features a well-manicured field, covered dugouts, a batting cage, and seating for approximately 150 fans. The field measures 195 feet down the lines, 205 feet in the alleys, and 210 feet to straight-away center.
Wilder Track, which was dedicated in 1994 in honor of six-time All-American Kelley Wilder '93, underwent extensive renovation in the 2004-05 academic year. The results were astounding. The new Wilder Track reopened in 2005 and received the American Sports Builders Association awards for outstanding track facility and facility of the year.
Wilder is a top-of-the-line DeFargo Invitational 1000 track with eight lanes and eight sprint lanes. The 400-meter track's impermeable surface, which has a depth of 14mm, is set on a layer of rubberized asphalt, providing a firm hold with strong retention.