Athletics

Facilities

Baseball Stadium
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Field is the home of the 2001 South Atlantic Conference Champions as well as the 2000 and 2001 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Champions. Bears Field, which opened in 1924, has a capacity of 500.

The field has undergone several major renovations within the past few years. A new grass infield was installed as well as a new state-of-the-art scoreboard and dugout protectors prior to the 2007 season. Just before the 2008 campaign, permanent lights were installed for the first time in school history and a new batting cage was built behind the left field fence. Finally, a new wooden fence was installed just in time for the 2009 campaign.

A new press box and locker rooms (as part of the John and Marilyn Moretz Sports Center) are on the drawing board of the Moretz Sports-Athletic Complex.

Softball
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Field is home to the 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 South Atlantic Conference regular season co-champions as well as the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Champions. Lenoir-Rhyne hosted its first-ever NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament in 2009 and hosted subsequent playoff tournaments in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

In 1998, Bears Field received new home and away dugouts with storage facilities as well as a new press box. Prior to to the 2008 season, a state-of-the-art scoreboard and permanent lights were installed. Bears Field has a seating capacity of 500.

Soccer Field and the Irwin Belk Track at The Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Soccer Field, also known as Bears Field, underwent dramatic chances for the 2008 season. The field got a total makeover and will be surrounded by the Irwin Belk Track that includes a state-of-the-art mondo surface and lights. Permanent bleachers and a new press box are in the plans. The facility is part of the larger Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

Helen and Leonard Moretz Stadium
Moretz Stadium has been home to the Lenoir-Rhyne Football program since the early 1920s. The Bears' home football facility was renamed in 1989 the Helen & Leonard Moretz Stadium, honoring two longtime Lenoir-Rhyne supporters. Originally, it also shared time with the baseball program until a new baseball field was constructed and major renovations were given to Moretz Stadium.

The stadium capacity after the renovations increased its capacity to 9,500 but later dropped to 8,500 after a section of the visitors seating was removed following the 1982 season. Moretz Stadium is the largest on-campus stadium in the South Atlantic Conference and is widely recognized as one of the finest small college football stadiums in the nation.


Shuford Memorial Gymnasium
Shuford Memorial Gymnasium has been home to the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams as well as the Bears' Volleyball Program since the 1956-57 season . Shuford Gym has a capacity of 3,200 and was erected in the memory of the late A. Alex Shuford, Sr.

Shuford Athletics Complex also houses the Lenoir-Rhyne College Athletics Department, the Department of Healthful Livings and Sports Studies, and the Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club.

Major renovations are on the drawing board for the gym as part of the Moretz Sports-Athletic Complex. The lower bleachers will be replaced prior to the 2014-15 season.

Shuford Physical Education Center Pool
The Shuford Physical Education Center contains an Olympic-style, state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool. The pool hosts several club, high school and collegiate events and is one of the finest pools in Western North Carolina.

Lenoir-Rhyne launched the women's swimming program in 2007-08 while the men's team came on board in 2010-11.

The Goodman Family Sports Medicine Center
The Goodman Family Sports Medicine Center, opened in 2002 in conjunction with the McCrorie Center, is a state-of-the art training and rehabilitation center that includes clinical areas and a hydrotherapy facility. In addition, the center also houses the sports medicine faculty offices.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Athletic Weight Room
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Weight Room is located on the first floor of the McCrorie Center and is surrounded by the Bears' Football Offices. In addition to the football team, the weight rooms serves the school's nine other men's sports as well.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Athletic Weight Room
Truly one of its kind, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Athletic Weight Room is used solely by the nine women's sports at LR and is designed specifically for the female student-athletes' needs.

The John David Moose Short Game Facility
Built during the summer of 2014, the John David Moose Short Game Facililty includes a 30' X 40' putting green, fringe and rough, a sand trap and four hitting areas. The facility is located right beside the McCrorie Center.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Athletic Weight Room
Truly one of its kind, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Athletic Weight Room is used solely by the nine women's sports at LR and is designed specifically for the female student-athletes' needs.
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