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Flexible facilities, a singular setting

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the new lakefront athletics facilities are critical to Northwestern’s ability to deliver a world-class experience – academically, socially and athletically. Construction of these new facilities represents a transformational opportunity to unite the Northwestern community. In addition to providing our student-athletes with resources to compete at the highest level, the facilities promise to better integrate Northwestern Athletics with the rest of the University, bringing the student-athletes closer to their classmates and peers. It will consist of the following projects:

Take a live look at the construction of Ryan Fieldhouse, Wilson Field, and the Walter Athletics Center.


Dedicated in April 2018, Ryan Fieldhouse will provide one of the most versatile indoor practice, competition, and recreation venues in the nation. The facility is named to recognize the leadership and generosity of Patrick G. Ryan ’59, ’09 H, a University trustee, and Shirley W. Ryan ’61.

Housing Wilson Field—named for Trustee Steve Wilson ’70, ’74 MBA and Sue Wilson ’70, ’08 P—it will have the capacity for football and soccer practice, lacrosse competition, club and intramural activities, and special events such as Dance Marathon and Freshman Convocation.

The fieldhouse’s proximity to the Walter Athletics Center will offer convenience for student-athletes. The fieldhouse’s footprint will also include the following spaces:

  • Olympic sports-sports performance center
  • Student-athlete wellness and support floor (sports medicine and athletic training center, Olympic sport locker rooms, equipment rooms, meeting spaces)


Slated to open in the summer of 2018, Walter Athletics Center, the heart of the new lakefront athletics facilities, will serve as the new home for NU Athletics. Offering the best in sports performance, sports medicine, nutrition, locker rooms, and academic support that Wildcats need to flourish, this vital facility will streamline the day-to-day experience for student-athletes. The building—named to honor University Trustee Mark Walter ’85 JD and Kimbra Walter ’85—will feature:

  • Football leadership center (locker room, meeting rooms, sports performance center, coaches’ offices, support areas)
  • The Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Wing, the student-athlete development and nutrition floor (includes the nutrition center, dining facility, Office of Academic Services and Student Development, NU for Life professional development program, and Compliance). The wing is named in recognition of University trustees and benefactors Louis Simpson ’58, ’96 P and Kimberly K. Querrey.
  • Athletics leadership floor, including Olympic sports (lacrosse, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer), administrative, and vice president’s offices
  • Auditorium
Stunning views of Northwestern’s beach and the lake will provide amazing venues to showcase Chicago’s Big Ten Team. Large and small event spaces will offer ideal locations for hosting University and community events.




Outdoor venues have also been transformed. Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium, home to Northwestern lacrosse and soccer, opened in 2016 after a significant renovation including a new turf field, lighting upgrades, and state-of-the-art video equipment. The facility is named to honor the generosity and leadership of Trustee J. Landis Martin ’68, ’73 JD and Sharon Martin ’02 P, ’07 P, ’08 P. Also completed in 2016, Chap and Ethel Hutcheson Field provides a turf practice field for football. Both venues accommodate multiple varsity programs as well as club, intramural, and recreational activities. The field is named in honor of Trustee Edward C. “Chap” Hutcheson Jr. ’68 and Ethel Hutcheson. At Lakeside Field, a new artificial playing surface was installed for our nationally ranked field hockey team in the summer of 2015.


The renovated Henry Crown Sports Pavilion opened in fall 2014, featuring new locker rooms and improved space for aerobics, yoga, and other exercise classes. The facility’s expansion adds 30,000 square feet of workout studios, therapy suites, a wellness area, and space for top-of-the-line equipment, weights, and strength-training machines. The facility serves our entire University community.


Additions to the Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Aquatics Center will include a dedicated dry-land training space, varsity locker rooms, and support spaces critical for training and competition. These improvements will position Northwestern swimming and diving to attract the best student-athletes in the nation and provide them with the best possible experience.