ATHLETICS

Facilities

Vernon Arena

Vernon Arena

The home ice arena for the Dordt Blades is located in the All Seasons Center near the Dordt College campus. The facility, built in 2003, features seating for 800 and a regulation NHL ice sheet. The ice is maintained at 1 and 1/2 inches thick which equals 15,000 gallons of water.

 

De Witt Gymnasium

De Witt Gymnasium

The host site for Dordt College basketball and volleyball, the gymnasium seats 2,000 spectators. It was constructed in 1968 and is viewed by many as one of the better facilities in which to watch a game because of the close proximity to the court. The De Witt has hosted several regional, district and conference championship games and matches. The facility features space for two regulation basketball and volleyball courts for practices.

 

Soccer Complex

Soccer Complex

Built in 2004, the natural turf field is located on the southeast end of Dordt's campus. The field is large enough to accommodate two regulation size fields. The complex has hosted several conference and regional contests and was also the site of a 2008 Women's National Tournament Opening Round contest.

 

Football Field

Open Space Park Football Field

Features seating for over 3,500 spectators and a natural grass playing surface. New bleachers were installed for the home and visiting fans in 2008 and 2009. A press box constructed in 2007 can accommodate coaching staffs for two teams, media, and gameday operations workers.

Football Locker Room

Locker rooms for home and visiting teams are within easy walking distance of the field in the nearby All Seasons Center. Practice field space is available directly to the north of the game field.

 

Baseball and Softball Fields

Open Space Park Baseball and Softball

Part of the facility also includes the football field. The baseball and softball fields are located side-by-side. The softball field dimensions are 200 feet to left field and right field and 225 feet to center field. The baseball field's dimensions are 310 feet to right field and left field and 370 feet to center field.

 

The Ridge

The Ridge

The Ridge Golf Club, opened in 2009, is designed and constructed in and around two large drainage basins that are divided by a prominent ridge. Each basin contains nine holes laid out in a parkland style arrangement. The course is a par-71 and 7,209 yards long.

The course has five sets of tees on each hole so golfers of all skill levels can enjoy a fair challenge but be able to play appropriate length of holes and distances commensurate with their abilities. The course also features a large range. A large short game area rounds out the practice facilities. This area features many variable chipping and pitching opportunities. Four significant lakes—varying in size from one to several acres—provide scenery and double as storm water and drainage facilities.

 

Recreation Center

Recreation Center

A full 200-meter indoor track surrounds three courts where teams can practice in and out of season. The interior courts also can accommodate indoor football and lacrosse practices when weather prevents outdoor work. The facility features a 2,400 square foot weight room for use by athletic teams training.