Inside the Graham Indoor Practice Facility

Step inside the Graham Indoor Practice Facility for an exclusive look at the Ivy League's largest facility of its kind.

A Facility Dedicated to Field Sports

Step through the doors of the 70,000-square-foot Graham Indoor Practice facility and you're greeted by the words of Dear Old Dartmouth, proudly displayed on the wall in the main lobby that overlooks the 280-by-200-foot practice space. 

Access to the facility—the largest permanent indoor practice facility in the Ivy League—means Dartmouth student-athletes will no longer have to contend with the elements when it comes to training. 

 

To the donors who have rallied for an athlete, in the prime of their career, to have an opportunity like this—it's just life-changing. 
— Buddy Teevens ’79 head football coach

"Every aspect of what we do, we can practice in there."

From punt to pass game, Dartmouth football can practice every aspect of its game, with features like a 75-yard practice surface with an additional 10 yards for an end zone. With high ceilings, the surface is also the full width of a regulation field with additional room on the sidelines for added safety.

The firm-footed surface is covered by FieldTurf, which is identical to game surfaces not only at Memorial Field, but also Scully-Fahey Field, Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park, and the Softball Park.

It impacts every aspect of a players performance just knowing okay, it's 15 degrees out and snowing sideways and we can go in and get a full practice without distractions.
— Buddy Teevens ’79 head football coach


For the eight varsity field sports teams (men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rugby, football, baseball, and softball) who will primarily utilize the facility, there's a carefully planned feature unique to almost every program, from a pair of precisely located filming platforms to a satellite training room. 

A meeting room located next to the surface allows teams to show video analysis or go over pre-practice information before stepping onto the field. 

It’s the perfect setup for our guys to learn and train in an environment that we feel is amongst the best in the country.
— Bo Oshoniyi, head men's soccer coach

 

Separate Batting Tunnels


Field-level of the facility allows for baseball and softball student-athletes to practice in full, while also utilizing two batting tunnels with no overlap.

Being able to have access to the cages all the time, especially with various class schedules and commitments at Dartmouth, that's an incredible advantage that really helps us stay on even footing with other highly competitive teams.
— Jen Williams, head softball coach

Student-athletes also have 24/7 access to batting tunnels, so even when another sport is on the main field, a separate back staircase eliminates disruptions while cages are in use.

Construction was completed on the $27 million Graham IPF in April 2020. The project architect was Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Massachusetts, and the general contractor was Engelberth Construction of Colchester, Vermont.