Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center

Completed in 2012, the 42,000-square-foot center offers everything teams need, including a film room, sports medicine suite, and expanded Lunder Fitness Center.

 

Cousens Gym

An overhaul, completed in 2009, extended the 1932 basketball court to meet NCAA standards. Other highlights: new maple floor and a new sound system.

 

Boathouse

William A. Shoemaker Boathouse. Photo: Joanie Tobin

William A. Shoemaker Boathouse

This 9,000-square-foot building on the Malden River, opened in 2006, features boat bays for men’s and women’s crew teams, plus space for training equipment.

 

Bacow Sailing Pavilion

Home to the coed and women’s teams since 2013, it houses forty-four boats, a repair shop, home and visiting team rooms, and a third-floor observation deck.

 

Daniel Ounjian Field

Renovated in 2016, the home of Tufts field hockey features synthetic turf, lighting, elevated bleachers, and a press box.

 

Spicer Field

Renovated in 2015, the softball complex has a new surface and scoreboard, plus new dugouts, bleachers, and more.

 

Bello Field

The home of men’s soccer and lacrosse was refreshed in 2015, an update on the $1.8 million synthetic turf from 2004.

—Laura Ferguson

 

…Which is not to say that our older facilities didn’t have their charms. Here, Ed Ellison, A83, recalls what it was like to run on the old track that circled the basketball court in Cousens Gym.

“The open side we called the Cage, because it was surrounded by cargo netting. The other side of the track ran under the basketball grandstands. We called it the Tunnel. In the longer races, right before the finish line, the runners would disappear into the Tunnel for ten to fourteen seconds, and the crowd would quiet down. It had a mysterious feel to it. As a home athlete, you seized it. You learned to kick—to reserve your energy until the end of the race, pass in the Tunnel, and come out in the lead. The home crowd would go crazy. You’d feel you were getting shot out of a cannon.”

—As told to Monica Jimenez