The Shirk Center for Athletics and Recreation—a $15 million multipurpose athletic, recreation, and wellness complex—was dedicated on October 15, 1994.
The 135,344-square-foot Shirk Center is the cornerstone of Illinois Wesleyan's athletic facilities, which also includes Fort Natatorium and Illinois Wesleyan Stadium.
Among highlights of the two-level Shirk Center are:
- The Arena, with a wood floor, for basketball, volleyball, and other physical education activities. The arena seats 2,500 for athletic events and 3,450 for commencement and other programs.
- The Activity Center with a 200-meter, six-lane indoor track plus full indoor track-and-field facilities, two baseball/softball batting cages, and four multiuse courts for tennis, recreational basketball, volleyball, and badminton, as well as space to practice golf. It also houses facilities for baseball/softball infield practice.
- The gymnasium, with a wood floor, will accommodate men's and women's basketball practices, volleyball practice, aerobics/wellness classes, and other activities.
- The Fitness Center includes three racquetball courts, a weight/exercise room with cardiovascular and exercise equipment, and free weights. Athletic support areas include locker rooms; training room for men and women; equipment, storage, and laundry areas; offices; classrooms; a concession stand area; and a display area for athletic trophies and other memorabilia chronicling Illinois Wesleyan's rich sports history.
The Shirk Center Endowment Fund, established with a gift from the Russell O. & Betty Shirk Foundation, will be used to enhance the Shirk Center Athletic Complex in perpetuity.
(302 E. Emerson Street)
The Shirk Center is accessible from the North side of the building from the ramp to Fort Natatorium. All floors in the Shirk Center are accessible from the elevator located West of the basketball arena.
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