Athletics News, March 1

John O'Neill, Director of Athletics
March 1st, 2019

The Barn is a Game Changer

The addition of the Barn has been a game changer for the athletics program. With more athletes (103) and more teams (8) than ever before, athletic venues are at a premium here at Belmont Day, especially during the winter season. In years past, basketball players would bus off-campus for practice on a daily basis, while Coolidge Hall and the PAC were the permanent homes for fencing and badminton.

This year, all four basketball teams remained on campus and practiced in a state-of-the-art 12-basket facility that rivals any college gymnasium. By moving basketball to the Barn, the Downing Gym is now available for fencing and badminton. The impact of Barn doesn't stop there, however. Of equal importance was the addition of two new programs, wrestling, and volleyball. Both sports could not have been offered without the new space and have already become staples within the program. Of course, space is just space. It’s the people, athletes, and coaches alike that fill the space, give it energy, and make it come alive. Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches for a tremendous winter season.