In 2014, construction is scheduled to begin on an expansion to the Athletic Complex. The Gary and Rachel Sumers Recreation Center is slated to open in 2016 along with the Gary and Rachel Sumers Fitness Center.
The project includes a complete 36,000-square-foot interior
rejuvenation of historic Francis Gymnasium, site of the 1904
Olympics, as well as a 66,500-square-foot addition to the south
side of Francis Gymnasium and an additional 20,000 square feet of
improvements to the existing Athletic Complex.
The Athletic Complex
The Athletic Complex is located on N. Big Bend Blvd., between
Forsyth Blvd. and Snow Way Dr. Drivers using GPS should use
330 N. Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO to generally
locate the Athletic Complex (Note: this is the physical address for
the building, not the destination for spectator parking.)
After turning on to Snow Way Dr., The Snow Way Parking Garage
will be ahead on the right.
The facilities are designed to accommodate a wide range of individual and group recreational and intramural activities, as well as to serve as a home for our intercollegiate teams. Our extensive operational schedule seeks to provide every member of the Washington University community with an opportunity to participate in a series of programs: instructional, free play, intramural, varsity and sports clubs.
Memberships and Locker Fees
Francis Field and Francis Gymnasium were used for the 1904 Olympics, the third Olympic games of the modern era and the first to be held in the Western Hemisphere. The Francis Gymnasium also currently houses the Department of Athletics.
The Field House was the site for presidential debates during the 1992, 2000, and 2004 presidential campaigns.
The Athletic Complex was also one of the venues for the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival.