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[ Selby Field ]
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Athletic Facilities

The crown jewel of Ohio Wesleyan's athletic facilities is Selby Stadium, which is the home of the Bishop football, field hockey, track & field and lacrosse contingents.

An OmniGrass artificial playing surface was installed for the 2006-07 academic year and lights were installed for the 2010-11 academic year, making Selby one of the most impressive venues among NCAA Division III institutions. Constructed in 1929, Selby received a new, fully-enclosed 2-level press box and new bleacher seats in the first part of a 3-phase restoration program and refurbished locker rooms in the program's second phase. The facility, which seats 9100 and is the fourth-largest college-owned field in NCAA Division III, was the site of the 1988 Division III men's lacrosse championship game.

Selby also houses the George Gauthier Track, an Ameritan FP surface to be completed for the 2006-07 academic year. The site of 19 of the first 27 NCAC outdoor track & field championships, Selby is believed to be the oldest facility in the nation constructed to Olympic specifications and remaining in its original configuration. Selby Stadium and the Gauthier Track hosted the NCAA Division III outdoor track & field championships in 2011.

[ Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center ]
photo by Natalie Fisher '12

The Battling Bishop men’s and women’s swimming teams host their home meets at the Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center, which opened for the 2010-11 season. The Meek Center boasts a 10-lane pool, a 13-foot-deep diving well, and 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards. The facility also is Ohio Wesleyan's first "green" building, featuring a geothermal energy system that heats and cools the building, and a heat-recovery system that heats water for the pool. The Meek Center also includes a reflective clay-tile roof as well as recycled, regional, and low-VOC (volatile organic chemical) building materials.

[ Roy Rike Field ]
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Across campus, Roy Rike Field hosts soccer, primarily under the lights. Widely regarded as one of the Midwest's finest facilities for the sport, Roy Rike Field was the site of the NCAA Division III semifinals and championship game for men in 1990 and 1998 and for women in 2001.

The centerpiece of Ohio Wesleyan's athletic facilities is the Branch Rickey Physical Education Center, prized for both its size and versatility. Its Richard Gordon Field House, with a 4-lane, 200-meter track, received a new roof, new floor, new lighting and a brightened interior in November 2008, and the track was refinished with a state-of-the-art encapsulated surface in December 2008. Gordon Field House annually hosted the Ohio Athletic Conference championships and the women's state title meet as well as the first 9 North Coast Athletic Conference championships. Indoor practice for fall and spring sports can be handled there as well: floor space is larger than a football field, accommodating 6 courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis.

Branch Rickey Arena, seating 2300, hosts varsity basketball and volleyball contests. Also in the Center are 5 handball/racquetball courts, a squash court, offices, locker rooms and lounges.

Offices and locker rooms also are part of Edwards Gymnasium, which is connected by tunnel to the Rickey Center.

[ Margaret Sagan Field ]
photo courtesy of Flying Fotos, LLC

Softball is played at Margaret Sagan Field, which opened during the 2008 season. Baseball is played at Littick Field, site of the 2003 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional; and tennis at the Tennis Centre, a complex of 6 outdoor courts where the 1978 NCAA Division III men's championships were contested.

The cross country teams run at nearby Methodist Theological School and Delaware Golf Club, which hosted the NCAA Division III men's and women's championships in 1984 and 2005 and was the site of the annual All-Ohio Intercollegiate championship meet for many years. The golf team also hosted the 2003 NCAA Division III championships at the Delaware Golf Club. Liberty Park, located between Delaware and Powell, also has hosted cross country meets in recent seasons.

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