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Multi-sport Performance Stadium

The Adrian College Bulldogs have the "crown jewel" of Division III football stadiums. The Multi-Sport Performance Stadium is entering its fourth year of existance on the campus of Adrian College and is a premier facility. The $6.5 million dollar masterpiece was completed in time for the beginning of the 2006 season.

The football team has enjoyed a .700 winning percentage since the stadium opened and will look to continue their recent success into the 2009 campaign.

Not only does the football team enjoy this facility, but Adrian College's soccer and lacrosse teams also play their home games at Performance Stadium.

The stadium seats approximately 3,000 fans with 2,500 chairback seats on the home side and an additional 500 bleacher seats on the visitor side. Features include state-of-the-art FieldTurf, stadium lighting, a fully-wired press box, and an end-zone section for student seating. In addition, there is the James F. Thomas Pavilion which is used for a variety of events including alumni gatherings on football game-days.

The funds for the project were raised through the Adrian College Development Office. Architectural services were provided by Hastings & Chivetta, an industry leader in higher education facilities. The firm designed the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center on campus. Construction management was provided by the Douglas Company.

In the 1950s, the campus had a football stadium. It was located next to Caine Student Center (then called Ridge Gymnasium). It was later razed to make way for new academic buildings. The College entered a cooperative arrangement in the 1960s to use the new high school stadium, which the College helped build.


Performance Stadium

Stadium 2

Stadium 3

Arrington Ice Arena

Arrington Ice Arena was officially dedicated and opened for business on October 19, 2007 as the men's varsity hockey team squared off in their inaugural game against Potsdam State. The Bulldogs christened the new facility with a resounding 9-1 win in front of a packed crowd, who were also in attendance to see Lord Stanley's Cup on loan from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The facility is home to Adrian College's men's and women's varsity Division III hockey teams as well as the ACHA Division I and II men's hockey teams and the synchronized skating team. The arena is named after Dr. Robyn Arrington Jr. and his brother, fellow Adrian alumnus Col. Harold Arrington. The brothers donated $3 million on behalf of their family. The $5.5 million project is also a place where local residents can use the facility for recreational activities. The operating schedule includes open skates for the community, learn-to-skate programs for children and adults and hockey programs for people of various ages and abilities.

The arena consists of a single sheet of ice, 500 chair-back seats, a media press box, a president's seating area, concession stand, pro shop with skate rental, offices for ice sports coaches and personnel and locker rooms. For more information about Arrington Ice Arena, visit the website at (www.arringtonicearena.com).


Arrington Outside

Arrington Inside

Merillat Sport and Fitness Center

Built in 1990, Merillat Sport and Fitness Center provides educational, recreation and fitness facilities for all Adrian College students, faculty members and staff. The 80,000 square-foot complex includes a multi-sport forum for general recreational use with courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis, surrounded by a one-tenth mile indoor track.

The Merillat also houses a conditioning room, classrooms, a physiology laboratory, and Vivian Wellness Center, as well as a performance gymnasium which seats 1,300 persons and serves as home to the Bulldog basketball and volleyball teams. Offices of the exercise science/physical education department faculty and athletic department coaches and administrators are also contained in the building.

The Merillat Center is named in honor of Orville and Ruth Merillat, civic and business leaders in the community of Adrian for many years, whose leadership gift to the project provided the impetus for construction.

Wellness Center



Merillat Center

Weight Room


Nicolay Field

The Adrian College baseball team has the privilege of playing in one of the finest Division III facilities in the country. Nicolay Field was dedicated in 2008 and the Bulldogs just recently completed their second season and also hosted the NCAA Mideast Regional in 2009. Nicolay Field is named in honor of Bud and Betty Nicolay, whose generous contributions helped build the estimated $1 million project. The stadium groundbreaking ceremony took place in September 2007 and special guest speaker Ernie Harwell, Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster with the Detroit Tigers, delivered the keynote address about what a great thing was being done for future generations of baseball players at Adrian College. The Bulldogs had been playing baseball at Riverside Park in Adrian for nearly 60 years before the construction of Nicolay Field.

Bud Nicolay is the retired president of Kar Nut Products Company, Inc. The company was started in the 1930's when its founders roasted peanuts for the fans at Tiger Stadium in downtown Detroit. In 1971, Bud began his long service as a member of the Adrian College Board of Trustees, representing the Detroit Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 1980, Bud was elected as a Trustee-At-Large, and he continues to serve with distinction on the board today. In 1991, Bud was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his steadfast support, and he continues to be actively engaged in the life of the College.

Nicolay Field has state-of-the-art amenities including a field completely covered in field turf by ProGrass, an inning-by-inning scoreboard, an underground drainage system, professional baseball caliber dugouts, bullpens and batting cages. The facility also has grandstand chairback seating on top of the dugouts for a capacity of 300, a heated press box facility for media and broadcasters, lighting for night games, locker rooms, a training room, restrooms and a concession stand. The press box is dedicated in the honor of Frank and Shirley Dick, longtime supporters of Adrian College.

Nicolay Field is located on the College campus near the Multi-Sport Performance Stadium. The stadium can be accessed via Stratford Avenue off of West Maumee Street.



Nicolay Field

Nicolay Center Field

Nicolay 2

AC Softball Field

The Adrian College softball field received a major renovation in the fall of 2008, making it one of the best facilities in Division III. The renovations included newly built home and visitor dugouts, new all-turf bullpens for each dugout, new all-turf batting cages, stadium seating behind home plate, new press box, new inning-by-inning scoreboard, new windscreen for the entire field, a new tarp for the infield and resurfacing of the infield.



Softball Field


Adrian Track & Field Complex

The Adrian College track and field complex hosted its first outdoor meet last spring to rave reviews from the track and field community. The red eight-lane, all-weather Polyurethane Tartan surface is designed as a Olympic style track with irrigated in-field for throwing and jumping events only.

The complex was completed in 2008 and features two discus throw cages, two shot put sectors, two long jump runways with sand pits on the north and south ends, a pole vault runway with vault boxes on the north and south ends, a javelin throw runway, a hammer throw cage, a high jump area, a steeplechase pit, college and high school lane markings and a Daktronics scoreboard in sync with our Fully Automatic Timing System.



Track and Field

Craft Tennis Complex

Adrian College's Craft Tennis Complex features 12 outdoor lighted courts that were completed in 2008. The complex is split with six units with two courts per unit. The complex is equipped with perimeter drainage which helps prevent freeze thaw cracking of the courts in the harsh winters. The $1 million project was named after Harold Craft, a 1961 graduate, and member of the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Craft was a member of the varsity men's tennis team from his first year in college and lettered every year. He was a first-seeded player and was captain of the team. Hal helped AC record its first win in school history in a match against ranked Kalamazoo College, and helped the Bulldogs finish second in the league.


Tennis Complex