Walker Fieldhouse

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Pipers train for their sports and get active at this fully-equipped athletic facility

The Walker Fieldhouse offers a three-court gym, gymnastics facility, indoor running track, three racquetball courts, a state-of-the-art sports medicine room, locker rooms, and the offices of Hamline’s athletic director, coaches, and staff. Contact us at 651-523-2033.

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The Clarence Nelson Fitness Center offers 4,000 square feet of exercise equipment including strength training machines, treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes, elliptical machines, free weight equipment, 10 elevated lifting platforms, and 20 individual lifting stations. Up to 60 Piper athletes can train in the center at one time. The center is named for Clarence Nelson, who taught health and physical education classes and served as a director of intramurals and director of athletics at Hamline.

At the state-of-the-art sports medicine facility, Piper athletes have access to a hydrotherapy room and a user-friendly equipment area for injury treatment, rehabilitation, and taping. There is also a physician’s exam room and a conference room within the sports medicine center.

The three-court gym offers practice space for the tennis, track, baseball, fastpitch softball, basketball and volleyball teams. The track and field team trains on the elevated indoor running track, five-lane, 85-meter long track chute, and pole vault pit.

Hamline’s gymnastics team trains in the gymnastics facility, which offers more than 6,500 square feet of space to accommodate all the standard competitive equipment, including a 52-foot resi-pit for uneven bars, climbing ropes, tumbling and vaulting 30-foot TumblTrak, Nissen Goliath Trampoline and an extra long channel bar.

Walker Fieldhouse connects to Bush Center, which houses Hamline's pool, and Hutton Arena.

The $8.5 million dollar facility was named in honor of Lloyd W.D. Walker '29. His son, Gordon Walker, donated the lead gift of $5 million to enable the construction of the facility. Lloyd W.D. Walker intended to study pre-med at Hamline but a serious eye problem forced him to postpone his college education for roughly 10 years. When he returned to Hamline he pursued a career in education, and went on to become a teacher, principal, and superintendent in the Minnesota public schools system. He was also an avid basketball fan and enjoyed watching the great Piper basketball teams.

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