Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center
The Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center is the home base of the Juniata College athletic department. The building houses the Memorial Gymnasium, the Binder Natatorium, the Sam and Martha Brumbaugh Fitness Center along with the offices for most of the Eagle coaching staffs. Here are some quick facts about Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center.
- Kennedy was completed in 1983 and has recently undergone improvements to the competition surfaces along with locker room facilities.
- Kennedy provides both the game and practice courts for Juniata's indoor winter sports with Memorial Gymnasium and a full-sized intramural gym.
- Kennedy also houses two racquetball courts that are popular among students and faculty.
The GPS coordinates for the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center are 40° 30’ 03.12” and N 78° 00’ 54.46” W.
The Memorial Gymnasium hosts games and practices for the Eagle men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. The mezzanine surrounding the playing court allows for spectators to get different views of the action throughout the competitions. Here is some additional information about Memorial Gymnasium:
The 1,350-capacity arena has 950 permanent bleachers along with an additional 400 in auxiliary seating.
Memorial Gym has been host for NCAA Division III volleyball semifinals and finals, the Molten Division III men's volleyball tournament, and numerous conference postseason events.
- The floor surface was refinished in 2015, while the mezzanine area allows for two different Juniata varsity teams to hold practice while the main playing surface is in use.
- The atmosphere within Memorial Gym during athletic competition is often regarded as some of the best in the area.
Binder Natatorium is the home to the Juniata College men's and women's swimming teams. The office for the swimming coach and pool director are directly adjacent to the pool, while a balcony allows for spectators to get a great view of the Juniata swimming action. Some other highlights of Binder Natatorium are:
The six-lane pool is open to the public (limited use, fitness center membership required) while also serving as the training and competition venue for the Eagle swimmers.
- The facility allows Juniata to hold dual meets as a main part of the schedule for the swimming program.
Sam and Martha Brumbaugh Fitness Center
The fitness center was opened in 1997, and immediately gave Juniata a training facility on par with any Division III facility in the country. Financial support, including a lead gift from Juniata College Trustee Sam Brumbaugh and his wife, Martha, helped the project take shape. The Brumbaughs continue supporting the Fitness Center by making generous annual gifts for improvements. The center was redesigned and expanded during the summer of 2015. Approximately 600 square feet were added to the space by knocking out the walls between the main room and the former mat room. The new space was made possible thanks to the gifts of community members Carol and Ed Anderson. The climate-controlled facility also received further enhancements with new lighting, new flooring and new paint.
The main room contains the following:
- 26 cardio pieces
- 25 stack-loaded machines
- 8 power rack/bench combinations
- 5 Russian ham-glute machines
- 5 to 150 pound Dumbbell sets (2 ½ pound increments)
- 5 to 70 pound Kettlebell sets
- 4 lifting platforms
- 4 unilateral leg presses
- 10,000+ pounds of free weights
The speed and multiple direction room contains:
- Plyometric boxes
- Medicine balls
- Speed ladders
- Individual and team assessment equipment
- Resistance sleds
- Agility bags
- Flexibility hurdles
- Functional training equipment
All of the facilities are supervised by Juniata's strength and conditioning coach Doug Smith, CSCS, who is one of the most respected teachers in the field. For the hours of the Sam and Martha Brumbaugh Fitness Center call (814) 641-3502.
Knox Stadium has been the home of Juniata football since 1923, when a group of alumni helped the college purchase the land east of Scott Street to expand the existing athletic field. Current Eagle football players are part of a tradition that has seen Juniata compete in the same place for all but one of 96 seasons (The 1963 season's home games were played at Huntingdon High School's War Vets Field while construction was done at New College Field). The Juniata field hockey team has called Knox home since 2012.
The current stadium, grandstand, and press box were opened and dedicated in the fall of 1988, and named in honor of NFL coaching legend and Juniata College alumnus Chuck Knox '54. Prior to the dedication, it was known as College Field until 1962, and New College Field until 1987.
Here are some more facts about Knox Stadium:
- The field has played host to some Juniata teams that have made history: the five undefeated teams of the 1950’s; the 1955 squad that played Missouri Valley in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla.; the 1973 team that battled Wittenburg in the inaugural Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, to name a few.
- The artificial playing surface rates as one of the top surfaces in the conference.
- The grandstand project prior to the 1988 season helped to create a capacity of 3,000.
- The new brick and iron gates and entrance plaza were opened and dedicated prior to the start of the 2007 season. Funded through an anonymous gift, the new entry plaza is dedicated to all of the Juniata College classes of the 1950’s with a plaque on the east entry pillar. A plaque honoring “The Glory Years” of Juniata football is on the west entry pillar.
- Stadium lights were added prior to the 2014 season
The GPS coordinates for Knox Stadium are 40° 29' 57.90" N and 78° 00' 52.22" W.
The Jefford E. Oller Class of '18 Track is inside Knox Stadium. The rubberized surface was completed in 2008 and replaced the old blacktop surface. During this resurfacing, the track was also expanded from six lanes to eight lanes. This $700,000 project was funded by $85,000 in donations from various alumni, and the college covered the rest of the cost. Here are some more quick facts about the Jefford E. Oller Class of '18 Track:
- By expanding the track to 8 lanes, home track meets, conference meets and high school championships can now be hosted.
- Until the resurfacing in 2008, the track had not been resurfaced since the early 1980's.
- The campaign chair for the 2008 renovations was Don Mitchell, a past track coach and retired professor.
- The new track was dedicated at Homecoming 2008.
Henry H. and Joanie R. Gibbel Stadium
Home to Juniata’s men’s and women’s soccer teams and women's lacrosse team, the Henry H. and Joanie R. Gibbel Stadium is an artificial turf field that was installed in the summer of 2016. The addition of lights allows evening competition. In mid-fall, the stadium becomes a truly beautiful venue, with the foliage of the Alleghenies providing a picturesque backdrop to some great athletic action. Bleacher seating accomodates close to 300 fans. The stadium building includes a press box, locker rooms, restrooms, and office space.
The GPS coordinates for the Henry H. and Joanie R. Gibbel Stadium are 40° 30' 14.85" N and 78° 00' 57.17" W.
Daniel '56 and Karen Raffensperger and Sam '54 and Martha Brumbaugh Tennis Courts
The Raffensperger and Brumbaugh Tennis Courts are home to the Juniata College men's and women's tennis teams. Juniata has six hard courts. Construction was completed in the summer of 2016.
The courts are not only used by the Juniata community, but are also a popular place for community members and home to the Juniata College Recreational Tennis Program.
The GPS coordinates for the Raffensperger Tennis Courts are 40° 30' 03.12" N and 78° 00' 52.50" W.
Langdon-Goodale Field is home to the Juniata baseball team. The field is located beside Knox Stadium and near Ellis Hall. Langdon-Goodale Field was dedicated on October 16, 2005, during the 106th year of baseball at Juniata College. The first construction of the field was in 1963 and was made possible by the generosity of Huntingdon business and civic leader, Chester J. Langdon Hon ('21) and his family. Langdon was a Juniata trustee from 1939 to 1970 as well as an avid fan of Juniata athletics.
Charlie Goodale ('39), one of Juniata's all-time greatest baseball players, led the "2005 Baseball Field Improvement Project" as a volunteer and donor. He spent a year in professional baseball, playing for the Harrisburg Senators, but left to become a chemist for DuPont Co.
Here are some additional aspects of Langdon-Goodale Field:
- 2005 Baseball Improvement Project - Dugouts, fencing and warning track donations were made by Charles ('39) and Patricia Goodale, Albert ('58) and Jane Blough honoring Henry K. Blough ('32), Daniel ('88) and Kerry Sunderland, Craig "Zeke" ('70) and Patricia ('69) Eisenhart, James and Cathy Kauffman honoring Dan Kauffman ('08) and Geroge Zanic ('89), head coach from 2001-2007.
- Paul "Herb" Frye Bullpen - In honor of Paul "Herb" Frye ('46), once a pitcher on the Juniata baseball team and strong supporter of Juniata and its athletics. As a captain during his senior season, he earned his Bachelor's degree in mathematics. His career was interrupted when he served in World War II as a lieutenant in the submarine service for the United States Navy. He returned to Juniata for his senior season.
He is survived by his wife, Martha (Mitchell) Frye ('44), his three daughters, Marsha (Frye) Hartman ('70), Mary (Frye) D'Ambrosia ('73), and Mardi Frye-Dunklebarger ('77), and his grandchildren, Aaron D. Hartman ('96), Allison D'Ambrosia ('05), and former pitcher, Paul Dunklebarger ('08).
- Eisenhart Batting Cage - In memory of Henry "Hank" Eisenhart ('44), a player, coach, major league player, and charter member of the Juniata Sports Hall of Fame. Donations for the Eisenhart batting cage have been made from former players and coaches. The official dedication was April 27, 1996.
The GPS coordinates for Langdon-Goodale Field are 40° 29' 57.90" N and 78° 00' 48.39" W.
West End Field
West End Field is home to the Juniata College softball team. The field is located on the other side of Muddy Run behind Knox Stadium and has beautiful surroundings. The Juniata softball team has seen the program turn around since moving to West End Field.
West End Field has been home to the Juniata softball team since 2004.
A drainage system, along with other additions, were completed in the summer of 2007.
Juniata hosted the ECAC South Region Tournament on West End Field in 2009.
The GPS coordinates for West End Field are 40° 29' 51.08" N and 78° 00' 47.20" W.