Bentley University Athletic Facilities
The focus of athletics at Bentley University is the lower campus, where our well-manicured outdoor playing fields surround the recently-expanded Charles A. Dana Athletic Center. The Dana Center facility serves both athletics and the student population. The 118,000-square foot multipurpose facility features a field house, a brand-new two-story fitness center, another fitness center for varsity athletes only, general locker rooms, competition size swimming pool, athletic training room and rehabilitation area, athletic team and locker rooms, and 24 athletic offices. The center is available to Bentley students, faculty and staff with a valid Bentley ID.
The two-story glass-enclosed fitness center was the focal point of a major expansion of the facility, completed in the spring of 2006. The addition also features a food court, additional restroom facilities and a boosters suite which overlooks the football field.
The addition of the new fitness center enables Bentley varsity athletes to have a separate weight room. Both feature state-of-the-art equipment, making the university’s fitness facilities unparalleled in the region.
In the field house, seating for 2,600 surrounds a parquet floor that is home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the volleyball team. Surrounding the court is a tenth-of-a-mile oval track. When not servicing our athletic teams, the main court can be transformed into three full size basketball courts or three volleyball courts. The general locker rooms are equipped with daily use lockers and showers. An indoor natatorium featuring a competition-size (25 meters by 25 yards) swimming pool and separate diving tank is also available to all students.
During the fall, spring and summer seasons, the focus shifts to the college’s outdoor playing fields. Two synthetic lighted fields (one a FieldTurf surface and the other a hockey pitch turf) are located side-by-side on the lower campus. These fields come alive when the Falcons host games in football, field hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse. When our teams are not hosting games or conducting practices, the fields light up at night with student life. Bentley’s club sports in men and women’s rugby, ultimate Frisbee and over 100 intramural teams make use of the fields.
The action doesn’t stop on j ust the synthetic fields; our facilities also include three grass fields. A baseball stadium, soccer stadium enhanced with a state-of-the-art quarter-mile track, nearby softball field, and six tennis courts serves as the homes for our other respected athletic teams.
When scheduling opportunities arise around athletics and organized student life, the facilities are used for hosting inside and outside community events. Such events include: Campus Activities Board’s "Event of the Month," Greek life tournaments and several other student organizational recreational events. A li mited amount of outside events are hosted by the athletic department to enhance Bentley’s role in the surrounding communities. Events hosted range from MIAA championship events, local high school and college contests and seventeen camps that utilize all facilities throughout the summer.