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. The recently completed Jan McDonald Softball Field is the new home for NGU Softball and is located in the NGU Athletic Complex behind the tennis courts. The new NGU track and field facility will be finished in early summer 2016. North Greenville student athletes also have the opportunity to train in one of the best weight rooms in all of Division II athletics.
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 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 is one of the newest facilities 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 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, 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.
Dedicated on May 8, 2015, the Sam and Angie Kelly Strength and Conditioning Center is the hub of North Greenville Student Athlete performance. The 5,000 square foot facility is located in the Athletic Complex and is designed to accommodate weight and strength training for 500+ NGU student-athletes. The facility features Sorinex strength and weightlifting equipment, including customized premium power racks, pull-up rings, squat stands, barbells, and plates. (CLICK THE PICTURE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND ADDITIONAL PHOTOS)
Jan McDonald Softball Field is one of the newest facilities on campus, seeing its first action in February of 2016. Dedicated on April 26, 2016, the facility is 200-feet down each base line and 220 to center field, boasting an all artificial playing surface. NGU softball and visiting opponents also enjoy a pair of large dugouts, a new batting cage, and bullpens, also with an artificial surface. Plans for the future include a press box, stadium seating, and a field house for coaches and players.
NGU’s brand new track and field facility is the newest facility on campus, sitting across 414 with four other NGU facilities. The track was finished in May of 2016, and is the home of NGU’s track and field program. The track is fully contained, spectator friendly facility with eight, 42-inch lanes. The 400-meter running platform is Rekortan M99 poured Polyurethane. The infield of the NGU Track & Field facility will host NCAA sanctioned events such as shot put, hammer throw, discus, and javelin, as well as the triple, long, and high jumps and pole vault. The track is also equipped with steeplechase.