Lobby, Colby Athletic Complex
The new complex will feature a multi-level fitness center and an interior atrium to permit natural light throughout the complex.
Indoor Competition Center
The 200-meter track in the indoor competition center.
Environmentally sound design
The site and building design includes a compact footprint, renewable energy, ecosystem-sensitive landscape with native plantings, and wetland conservation.
In addition to basketball courts, the complex will also have new spaces for athletic trainers, coaching, and team gatherings.
The aquatic center will feature an Olympic-sized pool and New England's only Myrtha pool, the type used in Olympic competition.
Hub of Competition
New fields for competition and practice will create a hub on the northeast side of campus, adjacent to the new baseball/softball complex.
Colby Ice Arena
In addition to the College, many high school and youth hockey teams use Colby’s ice for practice and competition.
Colby Athletic Complex
The complex is likely to have a significant economic impact through increased visitors staying in the city and frequenting local businesses.
Commitment to excellence
Colby has a long tradition of athletic excellence, dating back to the 1950s and 60s when the Harold Alfond Athletic Center—then best in its class—was built. Colby’s new athletic complex, slated to open in 2020, will return our facilities to national preeminence, while also serving as a resource for the campus and the community. It is one of many investments that is setting Colby apart as a leading liberal arts college.
For generations, Colby has been a partner and steward of community athletics in greater Waterville and around Maine. The new complex will allow Colby to invite even more teams and competitions to campus, from nearby and across New England, just as the new lighted turf baseball and softball complex has done. This activity should have a strong economic benefit for central Maine, estimated at $1 million annually.
Active, healthy lifestyles
With more than 80 percent of Colby students participating in organized athletics, and even more using the existing center for exercise and personal training, the new complex signals the College’s dedication to active, healthy lifestyles for all of its students and guarantees a winning experience for both competition and lifetime fitness.
What Colby coaches are saying
“Our new pool will redefine the landscape of competitive swimming and diving in Maine and New England. We look forward to introducing some of the fastest swimmers in the country to Colby and helping the local economy.”
Associate Athletic Director and
Head Swimming and Diving Coach
“The new athletic facility is the biggest thing to have happened to Colby athletics. The anticipated transformation will undoubtedly elevate our standards to a new norm unseen before.”
Head Squash Coach
“The new athletic center will provide our field hockey athletes a facility to compete at the highest level. We are excited for the advancements in our weight room, training room, locker room, coaches’ offices, and team meeting spaces, all of which will help provide our athletes the best playing experience in the country.”
Head Field Hockey Coach
“Thinking of the impact some new equipment and paint has on athletes and then considering what an entirely new state-of-the-art facility will do for anyone that uses it, I can hardly imagine the magnitude of impact. Students, athletes, visitors, and the community will reach a new level of athletic endeavor.”
Steve Whelpley ’05
Assistant Crew Coach