Varsity teams have become increasingly important over the past few decades. Many schools invest in and grow their varsity programs as a means of attracting new, talented students from across the country.
While numerous schools now boast impressive athletics programs and state-of-the-art varsity facilities, there are a few in particular that truly stand out.
Here are five of the most remarkable varsity facilities that you need to see.
With a seating capacity of over 100,000 fans, football games at the University of Texas’ Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium are something to behold; yet, their varsity facilities extend far beyond stadium-sized fields. Overseeing eight buildings dedicated to recreation, the university boasts over 500,000 sq. ft. of indoor rec space and over 40 acres of outdoor rec space. The University of Texas also houses the Frank Erwin Jr. Special Events Center, which has hosted a variety of events from basketball games to Fleetwood Mac concerts. With so many varsity facilities dedicated to athletics and recreation excellence, it’s no surprise that the Longhorns see so much success on the field.
When considering schools that have created the best student recreation experiences, the University of Iowa easily tops the list. In addition to the university’s tennis and recreation complex, its many grass and turf fields, softball complex, and the new Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (which includes basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming pool, a climbing wall, and more), the University of Iowa is also home to the Macbride Nature Recreation Area. The MNRA is a 485-acre peninsula that has been leased by the US Army Corps of Engineers since 1969. Featuring hiking and cross-country skiing trails, it’s one of the most unique varsity facilities available in North America.
Home of the Gaels, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario has an incredibly extensive athletics program and equally impressive facilities to match. Their state-of-the-art Athletics and Recreation Centre was opened in 2010 and offers a basketball court, a swimming pool, squash courts, and more. The university also boasts multiple turf fields and the 10,000-seat Richardson Memorial Stadium. Home to the Golden Gaels Football Team, Queen’s features some of Canada’s very best varsity facilities.
After producing over 24 Olympian athletes and winning 54 conference championships during the last 10 years, it comes as no surprise that the University of Michigan’s varsity facilities were designed with the intention of being the best in North America. These facilities include the 107,000-seat Michigan Stadium, the Crisler Center for basketball and gymnastics, Yost Ice Arena, the Cliff Keen Arena for gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling, as well as the Wilpon Complex for the university’s softball team. The Michigan Wolverines certainly benefit from some of the best facilities to train and practice in.
If you’re looking for exceptional varsity facilities in the Midwest, look no further than the University of Cincinnati. The school’s Varsity Village not only includes a football stadium and basketball stadium, but also the enormous Campus Recreation Center building, which encapsulates over 200,000 sq. ft. of facilities. With three pools, a climbing wall, and even a convenience store for those who need to replenish after a workout, the CRC provides a unique recreational experience for students. Keeping the needs of their community in mind, the University of Cincinnati’s impressive varsity facilities are second to none.
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