Athletic Center

Athletics & Events Center

The physical manifestation of Shenandoah Athletics’ “21 sports, one team.”
The culmination of a 25-year-old dream.

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The New Athletics & Events Center:

A student-­first facility for Shenandoah’s student-athletes.

Shenandoah University intends to build this new athletic center next to Shentel Stadium. The student­-first facility will benefit each of the university’s 480 student-athletes and vault Shenandoah into the top tier of indoor athletic facilities in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

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  Our BIG Plans
Doug-Zipp-ShingletonIt’s gonna give you goosebumps as you walk in.”

—Doug Zipp, Director of Athletics

It’s not just for us as athletes, it’s for everyone. It’s for the community.”

—Caylin Harris, Volleyball Player

16624100765_38091b072f_oI think it would make the student-athletes feel more appreciated in so many different ways.”

—Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft, Women's Basketball Coach

Our BIG Plans

What kind of facility do we envision? The center measures 77,000 square feet, 63,000 square feet of which is multipurpose fieldhouse space designed for varsity competition and practice, with retractable seating for 1,600.

Boasting far more room than the 500­-capacity Shingleton Gymnasium, built in 1969, the new center will assist in recruiting even more top-­notch student­-athletes to play on the university’s NCAA Division III teams.

We will have one of the top facilities in the ODAC. We will be one of the largest facilities within a 70-mile radius of Winchester.”

—Doug Zipp, Director of Athletics

About the Facility
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About the Facility

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The New Athletics & Events Center Includes:

  • A 200-­meter, six­-lane competition track with eight sprint lanes and throwing, sand pit and pole vaulting areas
  • A wooden basketball and volleyball playing surface
  • Inclement weather practice space for all teams
  • A curtain system to accommodate multiple practices simultaneously
  • A university and community events location with area for a stage and seating capacity for 5,000 people
  • Home and away locker room facilities, concession stand and satellite athletic training area
  • Additional parking spaces

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Join the swarm! Make it happen!

We are now in the process of raising the remaining funds needed for this project. With your support we can complete the effort to make this much­-needed, long-desired facility for our student athletes a reality.

With your gift, you’ll not only improve the experience for Shenandoah student-­athletes today, but invest in the future of Hornet Athletics while adding to the value of the Winchester-Frederick County community as a whole.


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Come be a part of a project that has widespread impact. Imagine a facility that serves more than 400 student-athletes, 21 teams, all under one roof. Imagine a facility that allows the university to host major lectures, concerts and indoor graduation. Imagine that same facility can serve the unmet needs of our community — a place where you could have a sit-down dinner for 900 or a thousand people. You could have indoor graduations for local high schools or the community college. Where festivals, not-for-profit organizations, companies could host major events. This is the kind of gift that impacts broadly across the entire Northern Shenandoah Valley.”

—Tracy Fitzsimmons, President of Shenandoah University

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