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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Welcome to the North Greenville University Athletics Page

The North Greenville University campus is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. NGU is located just an hour from the mountains and less than thirty minutes from famous Downtown Greenville. North Greenville’s campus is growing in both number of students as well as architecture, as two new buildings and two dorms have been added in the last two years.

Also growing with the main campus, is the North Greenville Athletic Department. Three varsity teams have been added to the NGU program, bringing about change in current facilities, as well as the plan for new facilities in the near future.

Athletic Facilities

North Greenville University Athletics currently has six facilities on campus which facilitate NCAA sponsored athletic events for 12 different varsity teams, including men's and women's soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, baseball, softball, and football. Soon to be added to the facilities list at North Greenville is a new softball field, as well as a new facility for men's and women's track and field and a state-of-the-art weight room and training center. Also in the master plan is a brand new 5,000 seat arena, which will host men's and women's basketball, as well as men's and women's volleyball games, and school sponsored events such as concerts, and guest speakers. 

Hendricks Athletic Center-  Ralph and Marion Hendricks Athletic Center was constructed in 2005, along with Younts Stadium. Hendricks, as it is known by most, is the hub of the North Greenville University Athletic Department, housing the office of the Athletic Director, as well as the offices of the NGU Football coaching staff. Also contained within Hendricks Athletic Center is the athletic training room, the football locker rooms, and the Letterman's Lounge, which hosts press conferences, booster club events, and other functions. Upstairs, Hendricks houses a weight room for student athletes, as well as the office of the North Greenville strength and condition coordinator. 

Younts Stadium-Younts Stadium is the home of the North Greenville University Football Team. Constructed in 2005, the Stadium seats 5,000 fans, including 4,000 seats on the home side and 1,000 on the visitors. Younts Stadium is located in the North Greenville Athletic Complex, directly across highway 414 from the main North Greenville Campus. Fogle Field, located inside of Younts Stadium, is equipped with the latest artificial field turf technology from APT Americas, the global leader in high performance engineered sports surfaces. 

Vance Tennis Complex- Vance Tennis Complex is the newest facility on campus, replacing the once used five court facility next to Hayes Gymnasium. Vance features 12 courts with a state of the art playing surface, as well as a fully functional concession stand for guests, as well as restrooms and offices for the men's and women's tennis coaching staff. The 1,600 square foot club house also features  a changing area for both the men's and women's soccer teams, as well as a functional laundry facility. Before the 2014-2015 season, the Crusaders held their home tennis matches at Tryon Park and Recreation Center in Greer, South Carolina. Vance Tennis Complex was officially dedicated on September 19, 2014 during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Funds raised for the new complex came from multiple donors, however the lead naming gift came from the family of Vance and Theda Schrekengast. 

Hayes Gymnasium- Hayes Gymnasium is the oldest and most used athletic facility on campus at North Greenville, housing men's and women's basketball as well as men's and women's volleyball. The gym, which was constructed in 1950, is also used by the NGU student body as a place for pickup basketball games, as well as intramural sports. The gym was named after trustee and business man from Travelers Rest, South Carolina, and is also used for physical education courses. In 1975, the gym was renovated, as the floor was rotated 90 degrees, and more stands were added, seating around 1,000 fans and students. 

Pepsi Stadium- Pepsi Stadium once the home of North Greenville Soccer, is now the host of two new teams, as men's and women's lacrosse will also begin play in the facility, starting in February of 2015. Constructed in 2005 to be home of NGU soccer, Pepsi Stadium seats approximately 1,000 fans, and has a functional concession stand to serve refreshments. The clubhouse also serves as the central hub for players and coaches, housing upstairs office space, as well as locker rooms. The new artificial playing surface, installed earlier in 2014 is the same playing surface used in Younts Stadium, and is the only FIFA certified playing surface in the South Eastern United States.