- A Closer Look: Names Fitness Center
- A Closer Look: Tennis Courts
- A Closer Look: Sprinker Tennis Center
- A Closer Look: Olson Auditorium and Gymnasium
- A Closer Look: Baseball Field
- A Closer Look: Sparks Stadium (football)
- A Closer Look: East Field (soccer)
- A Closer Look: Track
- A Closer Look: Pool
The Names Fitness Center houses a balanced range of free weights/resistance machines/cardiovascular exercise equipment. Names is under the direction of strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Rice.
Rice, who started at PLU in the summer of 2011, offers year-around guidance and workout plans for all student-athletes. Whether it be volleyball, tennis, or football, Rice will design a workout that is specific for you.
The Pacific Lutheran University tennis courts were resurfaced and repainted in 2011. The university houses six outdoor lighted tennis courts. Two are located in between Names Fitness Center and Pflueger Dormitory. The other four (pictured above) are located in front of Olson Gymnasium. The courts are the home to the PLU's men's and women's tennis teams. They are also used for beginner and intermediate physical education classes that are offered through the athletic department.
Pierce County’s only public indoor tennis facility, Sprinker Tennis Center is the home of PLU Tennis during inclement weather. The facility, located approximately 1 mile from campus, has four indoor and six outdoor courts and is also home to hundreds of USTA League players and junior competitors. In 2008, Sprinker Tennis Center was named a Tennis Industry Association and United States Tennis Association 'Top 50 Tennis Welcome Center' for delivering a variety of tennis programs to new and current players of all ages in efforts to increase participation in the game.
As of Summer 2012, Olson Gymnasium and Auditorium has been revarnished and resurfaced just in time for the Fall 2012 season. It is the home to the Pacific Lutheran men's/women's basketball teams, volleyball team, and other intramural sports. It also serves as the stage for many important events associated with both the university and the surrounding community.
The Pacific Lutheran baseball field is the home to the 2007 and 2009 Northwest Conference baseball champions. As of fall 2012, the infield features synthetic turf in all areas, including basepaths, home plate and pitcher's mound. The field dimensions are 345 feet down the left field line, 370 feet to left-center, 385 feet to center field, 355 feet to right-center, and 320 feet down the right field line. Telephone and internet access is available for media members.
Sparks Stadium, located in the center of nearby Puyallup, is the home field for many Puyallup School District high school sporting events. It has served as Pacific Lutheran's home football field since 1989. The stadium has covered seating for approximately 4,500 spectators. The field is synthetic field turf and there are separate home and visiting locker rooms and seating areas. A large press box accommodates coaches, media and game management personnel.
East Field opened to use in August 2012 and is the centerpiece of several new construction projects involving Pacific Lutheran athletic facilities.
The all-purpose synthetic turf field and the new grass field to the west of it will serve the athletic, recreational, physical education and wellness needs of the entire community. Men's and women’s soccer programs will use the fields for practice and competition and football will utilize the fields for practice. Club sports, intramurals, academic activity courses and outdoor recreation will all have access to the field.
The long-held dream of multi-purpose athletic fields on lower campus took a major step toward reality in spring 2011 with a gift of $1 million from Wilson Construction and the Don and Kim Wilson family.
During the summer of 2011, the track was resurfaced with an upgraded synthetic surface (ATLAS BSS200) and painted with both college and high school markings. The hammer/discus cage and sector were relocated to the south end of the track, bringing all throwing events to one location at the south end of the facility. The track features a permanent drainage grate system and aluminum curb on the interior edge, and an outside cement curb edge encircles the exterior and interior edges of the track surface. In 2012, Pacific Lutheran University hosted the NWC Track and Field Championships on the upgraded facilities.
After a closure of nearly 9 months, the PLU Pool reopened in September 2012 with structural renovations to repair the roof which was damaged during a snow storm in January.