The ONU Sports Center was opened for use at the beginning of the 1974-75 academic year and was expanded to its current size of 18,000-square feet in 1991. The main gymnasium is the official home of Ohio Northern’s volleyball, wrestling, and men’s and women’s basketball teams. During the summer it also hosts summer women’s and men’s basketball camps.
The main surface is a hardwood flex court with two main Daktronics score boards with video capability and two minor side score boards. In 2000 the facilities were improved with the addition of a new padded scorer’s table with rear lighted screens to make it one of the best locations to play in the OAC and the region.
The ONU Sports Center also houses an indoor track and field facility, three racquetball courts, a 25-yard, six-lane swimming pool, two weight rooms, an athletic training room, a dance and exercise room, a wrestling room, a gymnastics room, a 120-yard elevated running track, classrooms and faculty offices, and a VIP lounge with views of both the center gymnasium and pool.
The facility is also designed to accommodate the teaching and learning programs of the human performance and sport sciences department as well as special events like concerts and commencement exercises.
During inclement weather in late fall, the Sports Center provides practice space so that all six of ONU’s fall sports and its seven winter sports teams can hold practices indoors at the same time.
Seventeen acres of land adjacent to the west of the Sports Center have been developed into recreation, practice, and playing fields for baseball, softball, soccer, football and track. The University has six outdoor tennis courts, a golf practice range, a rugby field, and an 18-station, three-mile fitness course.
(EXCEPTIONS: Vacation breaks, Holidays, etc. Updated schedules will be posted prior to such occasions)
* The Weight Room is RESERVED for Varsity Athletic Teams from
1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
**The Fitness Room is CLOSED Monday—Friday from 12:00p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ONU faculty and staff only. We encourage anyone interested in getting exercise advice to stop in at that time to receive assistance from the ONU exercise physiology staff or exercise physiology students.
DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR, THE SPORTS CENTER HAS MAXIMUM STUDENT USAGE IN THE EVENINGS (MON. - FRI.)
STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF HAVE PRIORITY WHEN THE FACILITY BECOMES CROWDED AND OVER-EXTENDED. DURING THESE TIMES, YOU MAY BE ASKED TO WAIT UNTIL THE HEAVY USAGE SUBSIDES.
Restricted area is out of bounds to everyone and is defined as the following:
Lockers not marked for Intercollegiate Athletics may be utilized as they are available only while you are in the building. Do not leave locks on any lockers in the Center (They will be cut off). The University cannot be responsible for personal property left in the Sports Center.
* Athletic teams may reserve the weight room for fitness from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. If athletic teams are not using the equipment at this time, the room will be available for students/faculty/staff/special pass use.
Please abide by all the pool rules to ensure the safety of all Patrons
To ensure the safety and well being of all patrons using the pool, rosters for sports teams in the pool may be required. All patrons intending to use the pool may be asked to perform a swimming test to be permitted to use the deep end. They must be able to complete a full 25yd length with their face in the water using rotary breathing. If this is not completed to the guard’s satisfaction, the patron may be required to wear a float belt or remain in the shallow end.
Anyone refusing to abide by these policies will not be permitted to use the pool.