On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, Ithaca College officially kicked off construction of the Athletics and Events Center
Opened in fall 2011, the $65.5 million Athletics and Events Center, funded by private donations, gives the Ithaca College community a state-of-the-art place to gather, learn, train, and compete. Designed by the architectural firm Moody-Nolan, it is one of the largest indoor venues in Tompkins County and the largest construction project ever at Ithaca College.
The facility includes the following:
- A 130,000-square-foot field house that holds the Glazer Arena, a track and field center with a 200-meter, six-lane track and throwing and jumping areas. It doubles as an indoor practice facility for lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, softball, and football. The arena, with capacity for 6,700, also serves as a venue for campus and community events. The field house contains athletic training and strength training facilities, a press box, athletics offices, team rooms, and locker rooms.
- Higgins Stadium, an 82,000-square-foot outdoor stadium, contains a multisport synthetic playing surface that is illuminated to allow for evening use. The stadium can accommodate up to 1,000 spectators for lacrosse and field hockey games. Soccer games are also occasionally played here during inclement weather.
- The 47,000-square-foot aquatics pavilion includes a nine-lane 50 meter Olympic-size swimming pool, with twenty-one 25 yard lanes, with a diving area and separate hot tub/spa, 2 movable bulkheads, a wet classroom for athletic and academic programs, and spectator seating for 1,000.
- The Wheeler Tennis Courts feature six regulation-size outdoor courts and lighting for evening practice and competition.
- The Bredbenner Gallery of Champions—the thoroughfare between the field house and aquatics pavilion—features a hall of fame display.