A New Tradition Of Excellence

Colby's 350,000-square-foot athletic complex is the largest project in our history, and further evidence of how we're redefining the liberal arts experience.

Athletic Excellence

Commitment to excellence

Competing at the highest level

Partnering with the community

Honoring traditions in Maine

Colby Lifestyles

Active, healthy lifestyles

Supporting student wellness, fitness

Commitment to excellence

Skiing 2015

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.

Community partnerships

2016 Colby Reunions

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

Snow shoeing January 2017 students

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.”

Tom Burton
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.”

Sakhi Khan
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.”

Kelly Terwilliger
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

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