Concannon Fitness Center/Ruane Atrium | Schneider Arena | Ray Treacy Track & Field Complex | Alumni Hall | Dunkin' Dounuts Center | Glay Field | Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium | Tennis Courts
HELEN BERT STUDENT-ATHLETE LOUNGE
On January 20, 2007, the Providence College athletic department welcomed members of the late Helen Bert's family to celebrate the opening of the Helen Bert Student-Athlete Lounge, located on the second floor of Alumni Hall. Prior to the Friars' game against Marquette on that day, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony. Bert's family also was presented with a gift honoring the late Helen Bert during a halftime ceremony. The event was attended by friends, family, administrators and faculty, along with the presence of countless alumni. The Helen Bert Student-Athlete Lounge provides an area for all varsity student-athletes to study in a quiet setting. During the 2008-09 academic year, the lounge was renovated and expanded. It houses eight computer work stations, one print station and a seating area for group projects and meetings.
Taylor Natatorium is located in the Peterson Recreation Center adjacent to Alumni Hall. Taylor Natatorium is home to the Providence College men's and women's swimming & diving programs. The vast majority of Providence's 19 varsity athletic programs also use the facility for strength & conditioning workouts. The venue was completely renovated during the summer of 2013.
CANAVAN SPORTS MEDICINE CENTER
The Canavan Sports Medicine Center opened during the 2007-08 academic year and became fully operational in August 2008. The center is the primary sports medicine facility for each of the College's 300+ student-athletes and its working space is roughly 4,000 square feet. This state-of-the-art facility includes nine treatment tables with assorted modality equipment and office space for the eight certified athletic trainers on staff. The space also provides two physician clinic offices, where primary care, orthopedic, chiropractic and podiatric physicians evaluate our student-athletes on a weekly basis. There also is a large rehabilitation/exercise area in the facility that houses a SwimEx rehab pool, one eight-person hot plunge pool and one eight-person cold plunge pool. During the 2011-12 academic year, the sports medicine center added and Alter-G Treadmill to its list of rehabilitation equipment. In the fall of 2014, the sports medicine department teamed up with the newly created Peak Performance team and added a smoothie bar to the facility, to assist with fueling all student-athletes.
JIMMY WALKER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING CENTER
Located in The Concannon Fitness Center, the varsity strength & conditioning facility is a 3,600 square foot area dedicated to the Friars' 19 intercollegiate athletic teams. The facility houses over 10 tons of free weights, including dumb bells ranging from five to 150 pounds and a full set of kettle bells. All hand weights, iron plates and bumper plate sets are engraved with one of the College's athletic logos. There are six Power Racks, each with an Olympic Weight-lifting platform. These training stations are extremely versatile and allow numerous athletes to perform a variety of exercises simultaneously. The facility also houses 'tools' such as stability balls, medicine balls, resistance bands, weighted vests, weighted jump ropes, plyometric jump boxes, dot drill mats, slide boards, lateral slant boards, lateral skaters, agility ladders, hurdles and numerous apparatuses to develop trunk strength and core stabilization. There also are two Woodway high performance treadmills that max out at 16.5 miles per hour.
LENNON FAMILY FIELD
Lennon Family Field, formerly known as The Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, is home to the Providence College field hockey team. This $6-million facility is one of the top athletic complexes to house field hockey in the Northeast. The complex opened in August of 2005 and was renamed Lennon Family Field during the spring of 2011. Since its opening, the Friars have enjoyed some of their most successful seasons in program history. Providence hosted the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship at the facility in 2009 and most recently in 2014. In 2011, the College upgraded the watering system with six cannons - one in each corner of the field and two at midfield. Lennon Family Field also is used for intramural and recreational sports at the College, though the field hockey program is the only varsity athletic team to call the venue home.
CONCANNON FITNESS CENTER / RUANE ATRIUM
The Concannon Fitness Center is a $15-million facility, which opened in August of 2007. The Concannon Fitness Center is adjacent to the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. It houses the Friars' Jimmy Walker Strength & Conditioning Center as well as offices, conference rooms and locker rooms. The multi-level facility also houses a wide variety of nautilus, cardiovascular and free-weight equipment, which is open to the student body. Memberships also are available to the local community, alumni, faculty and staff. The varsity weight room is designed for use by student-athletes only, and is located on the first floor. The majority of the strength and conditioning curriculum is conducted in the facility - in addition to the Astroturf field, the Peterson Recreation Center and Taylor Natatorium.
Opened in 1973, Schneider Arena underwent a massive renovation that culminated in a Grand Reopening in 2013. The renovation turned Schneider into one of finest on-campus facilities in the country, and included a 30,000 square-foot addition. Highlights of the addition and renovation include a new atrium, ticket office, concession stands, coaches' offices, shooting room, locker rooms, meeting rooms, athletic training room, press box, five luxury suites, dasher boards, glass, video boards, video ribbon boards, scoreboards, a renovated Friends of Friar Room and a strength and conditioning facility. Schneider Arena was dedicated and is named in memory of the late Reverend Herman D. Schneider, O.P., the founder of the Friars' highly successful hockey program and a long-time member of the school's faculty. The faciltiy also serves the needs of the Providence College club hockey team and intramurals, in addition to many of Rhode Island's youth and high school hockey teams as well as junior hockey programs.
RAY TREACY TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX
The Ray Treacy Track and Field Complex serves as the primary training facility for the men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. The complex has a six-lane lane track with eight-lane straightaways, which encompasses a turf field. The turf field is used by rugby and other intramural sports. The complex has seating for more than 300 fans, as well as a press box and a scoreboard.
In the early 1950's Father Robert J. Slavin felt in order for Providence College to be competitive in basketball, PC needed an on campus facility. Out of this belief came Alumni Hall, a 1.5 million dollar auditorium with a capacity of 2,620 which became the home of the men's basketball team.
After 29 years of playing at various locations throughout Rhode Island, the PC men's basketball team played its first game in Alumni Hall on December 3, 1955, beating rival Brown University, 77-55. The next 17 seasons saw the Friars post an impressive 179-27 (.869) record in Alumni Hall. In 1972, with the popularity of the men's program and the completion of the Providence Civic Center, the Friars played their last game in Alumni Hall in March, beating St. John's, 73-65.
Alumni Hall became the practice facility for the men's team as they moved their home games to the Providence Civic Center - now known as the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Two years later, in 1974, Alumni Hall opened its doors to a new team - Providence College women's basketball. Since then, Alumni Hall has been a very special place for the Friar team. In their 37-year history, the Friars have compiled an incredible 287-167 record (0.632) at Alumni Hall, continuing the winning tradition that the men's program started.
In addition to being the home of the Friars, Alumni Hall has hosted many tournaments, including the opening rounds of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) and the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. In March, 1993, Providence hosted the 11th BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship. It was the second time in conference history that the Tournament was held at Alumni Hall. PC was host of the inaugural championship in 1983. During the 2010 season, the Friars hosted two WNIT games at Alumni Hall; vs. Old Dominion (2nd Round) and vs. Miami (Quarterfinals).
In the spring of 2012, the College began a $3 million overhaul of the storied facility, which includes seats backs, new lighting, air conditioning, video scoreboard and control room, media workspace, sound system and a host of other amenities. The renovation project was completed in October 2012.
DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER
The Dunkin' Donuts Center, home of the basketball Friars, became a reality on November 3, 1972 when the Rhode Island Reds played Tidewater in an American Hockey League contest. Since that time, millions of sports, music and trade fans have walked through the turnstiles in what many consider to be one of the finest civic centers in the country. Indeed, over five million people have played witness to Providence College basketball in this building.
In the spring of 2001, the building gained a corporate sponsor. The facility, previously known as the Providence Civic Center, was renamed the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
The tremendous success of the Friars in the early 1970's mandated a change from Alumni Hall to a downtown facility that would service the demand for tickets to Friar basketball games. Since that time, the Dunkin' Donuts Center has helped Providence College play host to some of the nation's top basketball teams, including each of the 15 BIG EAST opponents.
The Friars have had great success in the Dunkin' Donuts Center, running up a more than 500 victories. When the Friars first moved downtown, they ran off 41-consecutive wins before St. John's ruined the streak in the Ocean State Classic in 1974.
The Friars have "shared" the building with the nation's top collegiate and professional basketball teams. UCLA, North Carolina, Marquette, Brigham Young, Duke (then ranked No. 1) and Michigan (also ranked No. 1), Syracuse, Connecticut and Louisville have all played here. Of course, the BIG EAST roster includes Georgetown, St. John's, DePaul, Villanova, Seton Hall, Marquette, Butler, Creighton and Xavier. The Boston Celtics have played a number of NBA teams in the building as well. The Friars have hosted ECAC Basketball Championships, NCAA First and Second Round games (1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1996, 2010 and 2014), NIT games, the first-ever BIG EAST Championship tournament and the 1978 and 1985 NCAA Eastern Regionals. In 1995 and 2000, the building hosted the NCAA Hockey Championships.
The Dunkin' Donuts Center has seen the world's top entertainment acts visit Providence: The Boston Pops, Lawrence Welk, Ice Capades, Barnum and Bailey Circus, Moscow Circus, Ringling Brothers Circus, ABC Wide World of Sports, World Heavyweight Boxing, Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Julio Iglesias, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Bobby Brown, Kenny Rogers, Van Halen, Aerosmith, The Bee Gees, Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac, Diana Ross, U2, Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen to name a few of the hundreds of entertainers and acts that have played the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
It now serves as the home of the Providence Bruins, the AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins.
No other New England college basketball team has enjoyed the success that the Friars have seen. That is especially true given the attendance figures given for the first 38 years of the facility.
In the spring of 2006, the facility began extensive renovations that were completed in the fall of 2008. The Dunkin' Donuts Center continues to be one of the nation's premier complexes, seating almost 13,000 fans. The $80 million project enhanced almost every aspect of the arena and included luxury boxes, new seats, a new video scoreboard and sound system, new concession stands, new locker rooms and a new weight training and fitness area. The renovations ensure that the Friars will continue to play in one of the top college basketball facilities in the country.
On April 16, 2016, Providence College Athletics officially opened Glay Field, the Friars' state-of-the-art softball stadium. The facility features a state-of-the-art synthetic playing surface, clay pitcher's mound, lighting, stadium-style seating for 300+ spectators, including 115 chair-back seats behind home plate, heated press box, heated dugouts and bathroom facilities, double-mound bull pen and batting cage, enhanced media/film capability, game info and player development software and a storage facility for team/player equipment.
Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium
Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium, the new state of the art facility for the men's and women's soccer and men's lacrosse teams, official opened during the spring of 2016. The stadium features seating for over 1,500 fans, chair back seats, a new press box and two luxury boxes for entertainment. In addition the stadium also has new locker rooms for home and visiting teams and a 13HD Daktronics video board.
On June 4, 2016, Providence College Athletics officially dedicated the new Friar Tennis Courts, which serve as the home venue of the women's tennis team. Situated on top of a two-deck parking garage, The NCAA training and tournament facility features six cement courts with non-cracking fiber coating and spectator seating for over 100 spectators. Musco lighting allows for night time matches and luxury boxes are available to use for entertainment via Anderson Stadium, which is adjacent to the tennis facility.
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