Image shows the rich, red William Welch track at Cook Stadium. The view is from just behind the eight-lane starting position just to the west of the grandstand. The green grass of the football field is to the left.

Athletics & Outdoors

Athletics and outdoor activities allow you to blow off steam from a rigorous academic schedule. Because we know how important this is, we keep our athletic and outdoor facilities up-to-date and ready to go!

Where the Action is!

Check out our great indoor and outdoor athletic, intramural, and varsity sports facilities. Our campus also offers plenty of quiet pathways and scenic views to make an evening stroll the perfect way to wind down. Here is some of what we have to offer!

Image shows the Sports and Recreation Center through fall leaves. Students are walking up the concrete steps to the SRC entrance next to a large Rose-Hulman R.

Sports and Recreation Center

The SRC is a 156,000-square-foot athletic facility offering basketball courts, an indoor track and field course, cardio and weight rooms, racquetball courts, an eight-lane natatorium, a climbing wall, volleyball courts, a multipurpose room, a homerun derby cage, and more. We know you’ll find something you’ll love at the SRC!

Image shows sunlight glistening on Speed Lake with fall colors in the trees and the fountain going in the lake in front of White Chapel.

Speed Lake

Speed Lake, located in the heart of campus, provides a beautiful setting for the Hulman Student Union and several residence halls. It also serves for fun activities such as swimming and fishing. Relaxing on Speed Beach is also a nice break from studies. You may occasionally hear of someone being “laked,” a longstanding tradition involving a refreshing dunk in the lake on your birthday or another special occasion.
Image shows the bright yellowish-green goal posts on the Intramural Football fields. The elevated view is from behind the end zone.

Intramural Fields

About three-quarters of our students participate in intramurals – from ultimate Frisbee to flag football. We offer more than 30 activities, including chess, kickball, basketball, disc golf, three-pitch softball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, wallyball, racquetball, a golf scramble, and much more.
Image shows fans, many wearing Rose-Hulman red, filling the stands of Cook Stadium during a sunny afternoon

Cook Stadium

Cook Stadium is home to the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers football team and Phil Brown Field. The stadium, which seats 3,500, was made possible through the generosity of Bill and Gayle Cook. The field is named for Rose-Hulman's legendary gridiron coach, Phil Brown, who led the Engineers from 1928-1958. 

Elevated view is from behind home plate at Art Nehf Field. The grass is green and the field is ready for a baseball game.

Art Nehf Field

Rose-Hulman plays it home baseball games at beautiful and modern Art Nehf Field, home of the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Division III Midwest Regionals. The field is named for alumnus Arthur Neukom Nehf, who played for Rose-Hulman before a stellar Major League career with the Boston Braves, New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds. He finished his pitching career with the pennant-winning Chicago Cubs in 1929. In total, he won 184 games in 15 seasons in the big leagues, including clinching World Series games in 1921 and 1922.

Image shows the Softball Field from behind home plate. The chalk lines are drawn in the orange dirt showing the field is ready for a softball game.

Rose-Hulman Softball Field

Our softball field, constructed in 2000, has been called one of the top venues in the Midwest by participants at every level. The facility contains lights, full-length dugouts, bleacher seating, complete bullpens, tarps and a press box.

Image shows all eight lanes of the William Welch track around the Phil Brown football field at Rose-Hulman. The Sports and Recreation Center is in the background.

William Welch Outdoor Track and Field Complex

  • Our $1 million, state-of-the-art William Welch Track & Field Complex features a Martin ISS 1000 surface, used in the Olympic Games and NCAA championships at all levels. The complex is located in Cook Stadium and is used for the cross country and track and field meets. Bill Welch worked with Rose-Hulman's cross country and track programs from 1981 to 2000, winning eight College Athletic Conference titles. During his tenure he developed 33 NCAA Division III All-Americans and five individual national champions. He was inducted into the Rose-Hulman Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 and the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1977.
Image shows the Joy Hulbert tennis courts at Rose-Hulman on a partly cloudy day. The Sports and Recreation Center is visible in the distance.

Joy Hulbert Tennis Center

The Joy Hulbert Tennis Center, just east of Cook Stadium, was constructed in 1999 using the same hardcourt surface used at the U.S. Open Complex in Flushing Meadows, New York. The venue includes six lighted courts. The courts are named for Joy Hulbert, wife of Sam Hulbert, president of Rose-Hulman for 28 years before his 2004 retirement. Joy Hulbert was a competitive tennis player and a strong supporter of Rose-Hulman athletics during her husband’s tenure.

Water skiers in a pyramid formation skiing on Speed Lake.

Okay, maybe it's not really a watersports paradise.

So yeah, we might not be able to water ski here, but we aren't bored. There's a ton of stuff going on all the time. From 90+ clubs (Robotics club, anyone? How about paintball? Or swing dancing?), to athletics and intramurals, performing arts, residence life and cool events hosted by the student activities office. 
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