Whitworth Athletic Facilities
Puryear Field at the Pine Bowl/Boppell Track: First used in the late 1930's, the Whitworth Pine Bowl has been home to Pirate football and track teams for over 60 years. Majestically surrounded by beautiful Pines (thus the name), the stadium added grass picnic/seating areas north and south of the grandstand in 2002. In the 1960's the permanent stands were poured and constructed, along with the press box. In the mid-90's the track was reconstructed and named in honor of Chuck Boppell, a former athlete and current Board of Trustees member. The tartan surface is first class and has been host to numerous college, high school and youth track meets since. Thanks to a generous donation from Jim and Bobbie Puryear, a FieldTurf playing surface was added in 2017 and is named in honor of his parents, Ron and Georgia Lee Puryear.
The Whitworth Fieldhouse: The home of Whitworth basketball and volleyball, the Fieldhouse is a spacious, multi-purpose facility that also houses the university's Sports Medicine department. The seating capacity for basketball is 1,620 and the Fieldhouse has provided the Pirates a significant home-court advantage over the years with large and noisy crowds. In the winter, baseball, softball and track and field use the facility for practice. In 1980 the Whitworth Fieldhouse was the site of the AIAW Division III Volleyball Championships. The following year the building hosted the AIAW Division III Basketball Tournament. More recently the Whitworth Fieldhouse has played host to a pair of NCAA Division III regional volleyball tournaments (2002, 2005).
Diana Marks Field: The Diana Marks Softball Field offers the highest quality in athletic fields. Opened for softball in the spring of 2000, the complex includes a complete softball field with in-ground dugouts, batting cages, and bleachers. The facility has its own state-of-the art scoreboard and a shared press-box with the Whitworth Soccer Field for filming/viewing above and concessions stand below. The facility includes a team changing room and spectator restrooms conveniently located adjacent to the bleachers. Click here for a virtual tour of Diana Marks Field.
Whitworth Soccer Field: The Whitworth Soccer Field opened in the Fall of 2000, boasting one of the best natural grass playing surfaces in the western region. It plays at 120x75 with international style goals, sheltered team benches, a state-of-the-art scoreboard, press box and video tower making it a place to truly enjoy playing and watching soccer. The facility includes a team changing room and spectator restrooms conveniently located adjacent to the field. The Whitworth soccer field has hosted many NCAA Division III tournament contests, including the 2005 Sectional Rounds.
Whitworth also has an excellent, and separate, natural grass practice facility that is 150x74 and sets in an environment that is very conducive to teaching, learning and playing. Click here for a virtual tour of the Whitworth soccer facilities.
Whitworth Aquatic Center: Completed in the spring of 1984, the Whitworth Aquatics Center hosts the Pirate swimming teams. The pool is a six-lane, 40-yard course with a movable bulkhead, designed to allow for a deep-water racing course. The pool hosted the 1986 NAIA Championships. The Northwest Conference championships have been held at the facility four times, as have numerous age-group competitions. The Scotford Fitness Center was added in 2008. Filled with a wide array of free weights, circuit-training and cardiovascular exercise implements, the Scotford Fitness Center is the primary workout facility for Whitworth's student-athletes.
Merkel Field: Located across from the back of the Fieldhouse, Merkel Field is home to the Whitworth Baseball team. A beautiful setting for a sunny spring day of baseball, the facility has undergone several recent upgrades. Bleachers have been added and reconstructed to include seats immediately behind home plate. The backstop has been moved back away from home plate to provide a safer amount of foul territory. And a full-service press box is now in use.
Scotford Tennis Center: The newest Whitworth facility includes the Ross Cutter tennis courts and was completed in 2005. The center includes three outdoor courts and three courts that occupy an all-weather tennis bubble.