Recreational Sports Update - IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
The Recreation Center (Spaulding Gymnasium) is closed until further notice in preparation to serve as an alternate care site for the Monadnock region, which is served by Cheshire Medical Center. Collaboration for the effort also includes the City of Keene, Monadnock Community Hospital, Greater Monadnock Health Network, and New Hampshire National Guard.
The rec gymnasium in Spaulding Recreation Center will provide capacity of up to 200 beds to be used in the case of a surge in cases of COVID-19. If needed, the space will be used by COVID-19 patients who can be cared for, and recover, outside of a hospital setting, and who need to remain in quarantine.
Hosting Owl games since 1968, Spaulding Gym is the home court for varsity basketball and volleyball. The Gym received a makeover in the summer of 2011 adding a new floor, chair-back seating and bleachers for a seating capacity of 1,600 to become one of the top home revenues in New England. The facility also houses:
- A 25-yard, six-lane swimming pool, used by the Owl swim/diving teams
- Two multipurpose rooms
- One racquetball court
- Academic classroom and athletic training/exercise science labs
- Athletic training facility
- Men’s and women’s locker rooms
The 46,000 square foot Recreation Center addition, which opened in 2002, includes:
- 3 full-size, multi-purpose courts (basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, indoor soccer and other indoor sports)
- A three-lane elevated, banked Jogging/Walking Track
- The two-level fitness center (separate cardiovascular fitness & free weight areas)
- Aerobics studio
- A multi-purpose room
Basketball Courts - Closed indefinitely while Keene State is preparing to serve as a Covid-19 Alternate Care Site
Two outdoor, half-court basketball courts – located behind Spaulding Gym are available for open play use on a first-come, first-serve basis. The courts are to be used only for basketball.
Tennis Courts - Currently closed for repairs and while Keene State is preparing to serve as a Covid-19 Alternate Care Site
Keene State has four tennis courts of the highest quality. Courts are open for recreational play and also are scheduled for classes. While on the courts, participants must wear tennis shoes with non-marking soles and follow the court rules posted near the court. No activity other than tennis may take place on these courts. Profanity is not permitted while playing tennis.
Athletic and Recreation Fields - Closed indefinitely while Keene State is preparing to serve as a Covid-19 Alternate Care Site
Located on the Ashuelot River near the Recreation Center, the athletic and recreation fields are used for general recreation use and for the club sport teams of men’s and women’s rugby, men’s soccer and Ultimate Frisbee for their practices and games.
Sand Volleyball Courts - Closed indefinitely while Keene State is preparing to serve as a Covid-19 Alternate Care Site
Two sand volleyball courts are available to be used in a rotation system to allow everyone a chance to play. Newcomers alert players on the court that they are waiting. After a 30-minute wait, the court turns over. One court is located behind Spaulding Gym and the other is located on the A Fields, next to the tennis courts.
Outdoor Athletic Complex - Closed indefinitely due to the Governor of NH’s “stay at home order” in response to Covid-19.
Located at the College’s Owl Stadium Complex, the outdoor athletic facilities include a lighted Omniturf field for field hockey and lacrosse with seating capacity of 1,300, as well as baseball and softball diamonds, and a lighted grass soccer field.