Middlebury’s newest athletic facility, Virtue Field House, opened in January of 2015.
The 110,000-square-foot structure houses the New Balance Foundation Track, a 200-meter track with nine 60-meter sprint lanes. Dedicated jumping and vaulting areas beyond the oval for field events are also part of the facility, as is McCormick Field, a 21,000-square-foot Field Turf surface inside the track for varsity, club, intramural and recreational purposes as well as throwing events.
The facility also features a cardio balcony with more than 30 pieces of exercise equipment; two locker rooms; a coaching suite; multiple batting cages; and a multipurpose/fitness area.
The field house permits Middlebury to host NCAA-sanctioned indoor track meets, such as the 2016 Women’s New England Indoor Championships, while providing bleacher seating for 826 spectators.
The massive field house, with more indoor area than a football field, also has numerous sustainability features including: eight 24-foot-wide ceiling fans to circulate air, LED lighting, recycled material in the flooring, super insulated walls and ceiling, abundant amounts of natural light and numerous spaces designed for multiple uses. Middlebury plans to seek an LEED Gold designation for the project from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The field house and squash center (which opened in October 2013) were fully funded by gifts from alumni, parents and other donors.
Middlebury Celebrates New Field House, Hall of Fame -- January 26, 2015
Virtue Field House Dedication Set for January 24 -- January 22, 2015
A Field House for Everyone -- An informational page about Virtue Field House