Northwestern University – Walter Athletics Center Football Training Facility

Evanston, IL


In August 2018, Northwestern University celebrated the grand opening of Ryan Fieldhouse and the Walter Athletics Center. The new hub for daily student-athlete experience is a state-of-the-art development center with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.
The Ryan Fieldhouse is a large indoor multi-purpose facility which provides room for major events, such as the university’s annual new student convocation; indoor practice and competition venue for intercollegiate sports and seating for 2,500; space for recreation, club sports, and intramurals; and an outdoor practice field for varsity sports, club sports, and intramurals.

The Walter Athletics Center includes headquarters for Northwestern football, including coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and locker rooms, a football strength and conditioning center including spas and plunge pools, offices for coaches of numerous varsity teams, nutrition center and dining facility, and academic and professional development support offices.


Pool Type

Competitive Venue

HydroTherapy Pool

Project Type

University Athletics

Project Service

Design Services

Most Recent Project

Completed 2018


Perkins & Will

Project Amenities

Includes two spas for the varsity football locker room, a cold water recovery pool in the sports medicine rehabilitation and assessment area, and a Hydroworx 750 spa.

201 sq. ft. warm water spa

underwater bench seating

hydrotherapy jets for 20 athletes

100 sq. ft. cold water recovery spa

underwater bench seating

325 sq. ft. cold water recovery pool

four different water depth levels

Hydroworx 750 spa

capable of warm water or cold water recovery

underwater benches

resistance jets

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