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Recreation Center

The Recreation Center provides facilities and programs for a variety of types of recreation, including tennis, racquetball, aerobics, weightlifting, basketball, rock climbing, and many more. Varsity programs that use this facility for practices and competition include indoor track and field (men and women), softball, baseball, golf (men and women) and tennis (men and women). Most varsity student-athletes use this facility for strength and conditioning or for recreation use as well. Head coaches with their offices in this facility include: women's tennis, track and field/cross country, volleyball, baseball, softball and women's soccer.

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West Gymnasium

The West Gymnasium houses a 1,240-seat arena that serves as the varsity basketball and volleyball court, a six-lane, 25-yard pool with one- and three-meter diving boards and seating for 350.

West Gym also contains office space for the athletics director and head coaches of men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's swimming and diving.

Adjacent to West Gym are practice soccer fields, a practice football field and two outdoor basketball courts.

Laird Stadium

Laird Stadium seats 7,500 for football and outdoor track and field meets, a recently renovated state of the art weight room, meeting space, golf simulator and coaches offices for the Carleton football staff.

Circling the football field in front of the stadium is an eight-lane, 400-meter all-weather track and field facility, complete with steeplechase water jump. It was the site of the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in 1984, 1988 and 1995.

For football, Laird Stadium features one of the finest natural playing surfaces in the region. The stadium is one of the largest in Division III and the biggest west of the Mississippi.

Bell Field

Located on the eastern edge of the Carleton campus, Bell Field is an 11-acre site comprised of two soccer fields and championship caliber tennis courts.

Varsity tennis and soccer is played here, as well as a variety of intramural and club sports.

The eight tennis courts have played host to numerous MIAC Championships as well as the 1994 NCAA Division III Tennis Championships. The soccer field is one of the most scenic and unique in Division III, as the field sits in a natural bowl, with fans sitting on the hillside overlooking the field. The Cowling Arboretum surrounds the field, making for a picturesque scene during the fall soccer season.

Mel Taube Field

Located on the Northeast edge of campus, Mel Taube Field has been the home to Carleton baseball since the 2004 season. 

Ele Hansen Field

Located just south of Mel Taube Field sits Ele Hansen Field, which has been home to the Carleton softball program since 2010. 

Cowling Arboretum

The 400-acre Cowling Arboretum provides a network of running, skiing and biking trails adjacent to the Cannon River, and serves as an outdoor laboratory for prairie restoration and oak savanna research projects.

Athletes from Carleton frequently use the Arb for training and the site was recently named Minnesota's best running trail by Runner's World magazine.

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Cowling Recreation Center

Cowling Recreation Center provides a gymnasium, an indoor tennis practice court, a dance studio, locker room facilities and a 25-yard pool. The site serves as a separate practice facility for both the men's and women's basketball teams and provides a year-round home for the women's soccer team locker room.

Varsity head coaches with offices in this facility include men's soccer.

Willingers Golf Club

Willingers Golf Club, located just down highway 19 from the Carleton College campus, is the home course for the Knights' men's and women's golf teams. Originally built in 1991, the course which sits on 277 acres is annually rated as one of the top golf courses in the greater Twin Cities area. The course plays at more than 6,800 yards for the men and at 5,859 yards for the women. A mature course with significant elevation and topography changes, Willingers Golf Club is a true test of golf, forcing a player to hit a variety of shots during a round. Both men's and women's teams practice on site during the fall and spring portions of the season, and take advantage of the 50,000 square feet practice tee, as well as separate chip and put practice areas.

Hill of Three Oaks

Named for the large oak trees near the center of the fields, the Hill of Three Oaks is a nearly-50-acre playing field. The site is home to Carleton's Ultimate, rugby and lacrosse intercollegiate club teams and to various intramural and recreational activities. The Recreation Center sits at the edge of the fields. Located beyond Goodhue Residence Hall, the field serves as a gateway to the upper portion of Carleton's 400-acre Cowling Arboretum.

The Bald Spot Ice Rinks

Winter in Minnesota doesn't have to mean being cooped up indoors. Each year two lighted ice rinks are constructed on the Bald Spot to provide the college with arenas in which to figure skate, play hockey, or compete in Carleton's favorite winter sport, broomball (pictured here). What ultimate frisbee is to fall and spring, broomball is to winter. Floormates compete together at the "soft-core" level, while perennial powerhouses like Thor's Hammer and Big Orange Splot dominate the "mid-core" competition. The Athletic department offers a variety of classes on the rink as well, teaching beginning and intermediate figure skating, as well as hockey. Carls say there's nothing like a spirited game of broomball, played outdoors beneath a clear night sky, to warm you up in the winter.

Sand Volleyball Court

Located behind the Gould Library, the sand volleyball court is used spring and summer for intramural and recreational activity.