Today our first stop was IUPUI (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis). We had the pleasure of touring their athletics facilities. With their facilities the main attraction is the Natatorium. The Natatorium has a seating capacity of 4,700, making it the largest indoor pool in the United States. There is also room for additional seating of 1,500 on deck. This facility has hosted many NCAA men and women’s swimming and diving championships, and many other swimming events. We were able to tour the volleyball and women’s basketball gym, which is better known as “The Jungle.” The last part of the tour was the Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, home to the Indy Eleven, which is an American professional soccer team.
The Natatorium also serves as the home of the IUPUI School of Physical Education and Tourism, with its office located on the second level. In addition, the Polaris Fitness Center, designated for students and staff, is located on the first level. The Human Performance Lab is housed in the basement of the Natatorium building.
Something that caught my attention was that although “The Jungle” and the Natatorium are in the same building they are ran by different campus services. “The Jungle” is run by athletics, and the Natatorium is run by auxiliary contractors. With this being said, there are different parts of these facilities than can’t be used by auxiliary because they do not have the rights to them even though they are in the same building.
The only problem that this facility was that with the type of events that they host there isn’t enough parking and it becomes a problem sometimes. It’s a problem that they are working on fixing so that renters can still host the events at the facility.
–Damarius Gibson, student in the Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration program.