Manchester University Facilities Information


Summer of 2016

Monday through Friday - 6 a.m.-8 a.m.; 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.; 4 p.m. -6:30 p.m.

Closed Memorial Day Monday, May 30; Auburn Golf Outing Friday, June 10;
Independence Day Monday, July 4

2016-17 academic year hours start August 30 - On Aug. 29, hours are 4-10 p.m. 

Manchester University has more than 10 acres of land dedicated to sports and recreation for students, faculty and staff and utilized by the Spartans to prepare for athletic competition.

The PERC - Check out the Fitness Center brochure for more information
The Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC) serves as the hub of sports activity. Dedicated in 1982, the PERC includes classroom and office space; a complete fitness center; two handball/racquetball courts, a performance laboratory and complete 

athletic training room. A large arena houses three full-length basketball courts and serves host to our men's and women's basketball and volleyball contests. The arena serves as an indoor practice facility for several sports as it comes with an indoor track and a dual chamber, 70-foot batting cage and indoor soccer goals. The main arena has played host to numerous NCAA Regional basketball contests, and can hold six wrestling mats used for the annual Spartan Mat Classic and NCAA Regional events. The PERC building expanded in 1998 to include a separate gymnasium that houses a full-length basketball court and serves as an auxiliary gym and a practice facility for the wrestling team.


 Manchester University’s Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC) received its second major renovation since its original construction in 1982. The $1.5 million project funded additional locker rooms, new athletic training facilities, new classrooms and a resurfacing of the PERC’s Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. The Brown Fitness Center also upgraded several of the cardiovascular training equipment to meet the demands of the growing Manchester University student body.

New Perc classroom Two new classrooms were constructed, equipped with state of the art technology that will better serve educating the students of Manchester University. Both classrooms can seat up to 36 students, orNew locker room can be combined into one larger room to host larger classes,special events or meetings throughout the year. To meet the growing numbers of our athletic teams,two new locker rooms were also constructed, each housing 60 stadium-style lockers that can be connected to house larger teams such as football,and allow better accommodations for visiting opponents by freeing up existing locker rooms.

 Athletic training room updated
Keeping Spartan athletes healthy has always been the goal for the Manchester University athletic training staff. Updates to the athletic training room were designed to allow the athletic training staff and their core of athletic training students to attend to several student-athletes at once with the use of new electronic stem and infraredmassage machines or the new warm/cold hydrotherapys tations and new office facilities for the athletic training staff.

Resurfaced gym floor
All fans to attend an event at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena notice the gym floor.The floor was sanded down to its original wood, repainted to include a 16-foot Spartan logo at center court and added thicker out of bound lines that include “Manchester” and “Spartans” at the baselines. The main court’s appearance will be less busy as the lines for auxiliary  courts have been left off to give the main floor a crisp, clean feel. 



The Leicester '36 and Jean '37 Brown Fitness Center inside the Manchester University Physical Education and Recreation Center received a major overhaul in late March thanks to the Manchester University Visionary Grant program. 

Brown Fitness Center opened in May of 1998 as part of the PERC expansion that included an auxiliary gym, fitness center and office space. "The goal of the upgrade was to incorporate the needs of the student body and needs of our student athletes to remain a contender in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference," said strength and conditioning coach Ron Planz. 

Manchester overhauled its cardiovascular section of the fitness center, adding new elliptical, stationary

bikes and treadmills. Three new 42" flat-panel televisions help break up the dreaded 30-minute sessions, allowing students, faculty and staff to enjoy MU's cable television stations. The new cardio machines house headphone jacks that allow users to tune into the audio of any of the three television sets.

The incline and flat bench stations have all been replaced with four multi-functioning Smith Racks, which allow users to do flat bench, incline bench, squat, clean, dips and pull-ups all in one place. The Smith Racks include a wooden platform with rubber edges to provide safety precautions for a variety of lifts.


The old Paramount circuit training stations have been replaced with a new sleek and space-saving Paramount cable design that allows users to do a variety of isolated lifts ranging from chest flies, abdominal/oblique lifts, leg press, leg curls, leg extensions, lat press, bicep and tricep curls and much more. 

For more information about Brown Fitness Center, or if you're a community member interested in obtaining a membership, contact the PERC office at 260-982-5390or e-mail Tami Hoagland.

James Gratz Baseball Field
Manchester University's baseball field is named after long-time MC coach James Gratz, who coached the Spartan baseball team from 1963 to 1986.  He remains one of Manchester's more loyal fans and attends most games. The natural grass field ranges from 335 feet to the left field wall, 360 to left-center, 400 feet to dead center, 340 to right-center and 300 feet to right field. Gratz Field is equipped with an infield tarp to help reduce rain delays, two batting cages, metal bleachers and a press box with phone line capabilities. 

Carl W. Burt Memorial Stadium
Situated along the banks of the Eel River, Carl W. Burt Memorial Stadium was dedicated in 1988 in memory of the former head football coach, who produced 15 winning seasons in 17 years, beginning in 1925. The stadium has metal seating bleachers on both sides and room in both end zones for Spartan fans to bring their own chairs to relax and watch the game. The field is equipped with stadium lighting, a two-story press box with phone capabilities, and a concessions stand. The football team practices on an adjacent field with another field available for drills.

Track and Field
Manchester University has a nine-lane all-weather track, which was resurfaced in 2002. The track site plays host to a pair of invitational meets during the track and field season and the Wabash County High School Championships. For field events, new hammer and discus cages were installed in 2005 to meet guidelines and protect athletes and spectators. There are two cement shot put areas and two long jump runways, as well as surfaced high jump and pole vault areas.

Spectators at the track, as well as at baseball and football matches, enter  through the R. Wayne Smith '49 Gate. The red brick and black iron structure is inscribed with Smith's favorite quote, "Honor comes from playing by the rules."


Soccer Field
The bleachers of Manchester University's soccer field are lined with flags representing the home countries of playerspast andpresent. The field is north of the PERC building and provides fans with metal bleacher seating or space to bring personal chairs or a blanket. The men and women share the game field and use two adjacent fields for practices.

Softball Field

The Spartan softball field extends to the southern part of campus, aligned next to the soccer fields. The field measures 200 feet in the corners and 210 feet center to the outfield fence. Two newly-renovated dugouts are available for both home and away teams with metal bleachers and a press box nestled in between them behind the backstop. Fans can also bring lawn chairs to enjoy the game from either side of the diamond.