Construction has begun on an expansion to the Athletics Complex. The Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center is slated to open in 2016 along with the Gary M. 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 Athletics Complex.
The Athletics Complex
The Athletics 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 Athletics 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.
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 Athletics Complex was also one of the venues for the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival.