Whitworth University athletics facility phase two

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Athletics Facilities

Whitworth Athletics, affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) at the division III level and a member of the Northwest Conference (NWC), offers 20 varsity sports. In the last 20 years, more than 100 of our athletes have received All-America recognition and more than 200 have been recognized for their academic achievements, and fully 25% of our traditional undergraduate population is involved in varsity athletics.

Whitworth’s mission as a Christian liberal arts institution is emphasized in its athletics program: Student-athletes are encouraged to participate fully in the academic, spiritual and social life of the campus, and Whitworth coaches are chosen for their effectiveness as teachers and mentors as well as for their athletic knowledge and ability. We at Whitworth take great pride in the athletic accomplishments of our students; we strive to equip our student-athletes to excel in sports, in academics, and in life.

Your Gift Makes a Difference

Athletics Administration and Football Operations

Whitworth’s athletic teams always strive to finish at the top of the Northwest Conference standings and qualify for NCAA post-season competition. The school provides a number of resources to its athletes to meet those goals, including top-notch coaches and excellent facilities. But most of those coaches have been housed in sub-par office space in five different buildings, including seventy-year-old Graves Gymnasium.

The athletics administration project will serve as the first phase of a new home for Pirate Athletics, and will include new offices for nearly all of our coaching staff, as well as a lower floor devoted to football locker rooms, offices and flexible meeting space. The future phase two will include a new event center, which will serve as the indoor home for Pirate basketball and volleyball.

Your support of this estimated $9 million project will provide immediate help for the entire athletic program, as this facility will offer something for every one of our varsity teams, include dedicated rooms for coaches to meet with recruits and a beautiful new “front door” for Pirate athletics.

Whitworth University athletics facility phase one

View of the facility from the east shows the low profile second floor entrance to the administrative spaces. The building location allows us to keep Graves Gym online as a practice court until such time as we complete phase two of the project.

Whitworth University athletics facility phase two

View of the facility with phase two event center, indicating how the projects might work together to form a single facility.

Whitworth University athletics facility, west view

View from the west showing the lower entrance to the football operations center and large patio on the second floor.

Pine Bowl

As the home of football and track and field, Whitworth’s two largest teams in terms of sheer numbers of student-athletes, the Pine Bowl has been the scene of some incredible performances in its 100 years. Most recently, the football team posted a 9-2 record in 2016 en route to the NCAA playoffs, and track and field repeated as 2016 NWC champions (the seventh title in a row for the men, and second for the women), while sending twelve athletes to the national championships and returning with a national title in the men’s javelin. However, in spite of all the successes, the Pine Bowl remains the oldest and least fan-friendly of our outdoor athletic venues.

The $4 million Pine Bowl project will create a new entry to the facility, offer amenities including concessions and rest rooms (no more port-a-pottys) and provide first class space on an upper level for coaches, media, game management staff, corporate sponsors and other groups.

It will also provide perhaps the most important addition of all, an artificial turf field that will allow the football team to practice on its home field and guarantee a playable high quality game surface regardless of the uncertain fall weather.

Your contribution to this project will guarantee that all competitors and visitors to the Pine Bowl will enjoy a first class Whitworth experience on par with any of our other facilities on campus.

Whitworth University Pine Bowl aerial view

Aerial view of the project showing the new entrance, and stairs to the concessions/restroom level

Whitworth University Pine Bowl field view

View from the field, showing how the facility will work with existing bleacher locations

Whitworth University Pine Bowl loop view

View from the loop road shows the contemporary design of the facility, which blends well with the nearby Cowles Music Center and chapel facilities.