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The Experience

 

With over 137,000 square feet, the Carl & Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse can be configured to nearly any need at any hour of the day. The flexible space will host a wide variety of activities from community events to Building Better Bearcats programming. A few examples for this visionary facility include:

Community Experiences

Community uses

  • Trade shows
  • Youth and high school athletics
  • Commencement
  • Year-round exercise
  • Community fundraising
  • Business gatherings

Northwest Experiences

Northwest students

  • Intramural activities
  • Practice space for the Bearcat Marching Band
  • Concerts and student events
  • Profession-based learning activities
  • Fundraisers

“The Hughes Fieldhouse is essential to the expansion and interaction possibilities for events that the Student Activities Council hosts,” said Emily Porter, graduate assistant for the Northwest organization responsible for planning and administering social, cultural and recreational activities for students. “Events such as our concert and Late Night at the Rec would benefit greatly due to the amount of students who participate. A space that is as versatile and large as this facility would be a game changer in the types of activities we are able to provide to larger groups of students year round.” 

Athletic Experiences

Bearcat athletics

  • Remain competitive utilizing state-of-the-art facility in year-round operation
  • Help maintain an edge in recruiting
  • Offer a practice and training location for all of Northwest sports
  • Allow year-round athletic activity

“When we have to come indoors we do not have an area where we can see live action – whether that is hitting, fielding or pitching,” Darin Loe, Northwest’s head baseball coach, said. “We can do drills and hit in the cage, but you just can’t replicate the competitive action of pitcher versus hitter. With the Hughes Fieldhouse, we would be able to continue with our drills and preparation as we do now. However, it would add the live component with the ability to virtually scrimmage and work on that pitcher versus hitter situation all the way up to our first outside competition in the spring.”