Walter Athletics/Ryan Fieldhouse


Named for University Trustee Patrick Ryan and his wife, Shirley, long-standing Northwestern benefactors, Ryan Fieldhouse serves as one of the most versatile indoor practice, competition and recreation venues in the nation.

At a massive 96,135 square feet, and designed for a maximum assembly occupancy of 6,000 people, Ryan Fieldhouse is larger than Northwestern's existing Trienens Hall, John C. Nicolet Football Center and Byron S. Coon Sports Center, combined.

Ryan Fieldhouse's distinctive dome shape is based on football punting and kicking trajectories, with the peak of the dome reaching 87 feet above the turf field. Maximizing its location on the shores of Lake Michigan, the facility features a 44-foot-tall glass façade providing clear views to the north and east. The fieldhouse is flanked by sports performance spaces for football and Olympic sports.

Housing Wilson Field -- named for Trustee Steve Wilson and his wife, Sue -- Ryan Fieldhouse hosts football, soccer, lacrosse and other varsity sport practices and competitions; club and intramural activities; and special events such as the President's Convocation and the School of Communication's 2018 "Starry Night" alumni show.

Wilson Field is striped for NCAA regulation football, soccer and lacrosse, with movable bleacher seating for up to 900 spectators and an automated netting system designed to subdivide the space for use by multiple groups simultaneously.

Ryan Fieldhouse visitors enter the building from 2333 Campus Drive and ascend the wide-open staircase or an elevator to the Mitchell and Valerie Slotnick Family Atrium, which honors alumnus Mitchell Slotnick, his wife, Valerie, and their family. Bridging the entryway to Wilson Field, with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, the Slotnick Family Atrium serves as an ideal reception space.

Pat Fitzgerald Football Camps are open to all, limited only by age and number of campers