Athletic Facilities

BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE'S ATHLETIC FACILITIES ARE SOLELY AVAILABLE FOR USE BY BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF. ANY OTHER USE IS RESTRICTED. 

Baseball
Located in the Jopson Athletic Complex, the baseball facility has undergone numerous changes since it's early days as Riverside Field. 

The field is a bermuda grass playing surface that was resodded in 2013 and including a natural clay-loam mix. In the summer of 1999, the underground irrigation system was upgraded. 

The field measures 325 feet down the left field line, 375 feet in the left field power alley, 405 feet to straight away center, 350 feet to the right field power alley, and 305 feet down the right field line. Two yellow 25 foot foul poles rise above the fence to mark the foul lines. A gravel warning track surrounds the outfield fence. In 1998, a windscreen was added to the outfield fence. Yellow protective tubing was also added to the top of the outfield fence. and more recently, the facility adde a 10-inning scoreboard after the fence in left-center field. 

The most recent renovations to the facility occured in 2013 and 2014 with the additions of improved dugouts and an indoor hitting facility. The $135,000 dugout project added additional seating, a protective fence and new padding at the home-plate backstop. The new dugouts also feature new bench seating, a helmet rack, bat rack and hangers for team apparel. Additional storage space is also provided in both dugouts for equipment. The field also underwent minor changes with new drainage in front of the third-base dugout to alleviate runoff. The new construction doubles the depth of the dugouts, while increasing the length by 33 percent.

Aside from the dugouts, the College also added a new indoor hitting facility that will be utilized by a number of teams. Measuring in at 40' wide x 130' long, the indoor facility includes a 70' hitting cage and another 55' cage with indoor mounds, a 100' net, a carpeted floor and lighting. Finally, the facility is able to be closed or opened during the course of the year with temporary dropped canvas in place for weatherization during the winter months. 

The grandstand provides seating for 500 spectators. Located behind the grandstand is a concession stand, training room, restroom, and a storage shed that provides accessibility and convenience to the field.

Basketball
The basketball facility was built in 1958 and seats 1,100 people. Better known as Nininger Hall, the facility contains the gym along with coaches offices, classrooms, a training room, a weight room, team locker rooms, and a swimming pool.

Equestrian
The equestrian team practices, trains, and hosts intercollegiate horse shows at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center, a year-round riding and training facility. This excellent facility is located about 15 minutes from the Bridgewater campus near Weyers Cave.  The Center includes two outdoor rings (one lighted), boarding facilities, 50 stalls, A 300 ft. x 140 ft. indoor arena, secure and heated tack room, fully-equipped classrooms and offices, full string of school horses capable of teaching all level of riders and a full complement of support structures (conference room, jumps, etc.). The BCEC is located at 102 Burketown Road, Weyers Cave, VA 24486.

Field Hockey
The Eagles field hockey team plays its home games at the Jopson Athletic Complex. The Jopson Athletic Complex received a major upgrade during the summer of 2013 as FieldTurf was installed to replace the existing natural grass surface. The facility has a seating capacity of 3,500. On October 9, 1971, the facility was named in honor of long time Bridgewater coach and professor Dr. Harry G.M. "Doc" Jopson.

Football
The Eagles football team plays its home games at the Jopson Athletic Complex. The Jopson Athletic Complex received a major upgrade during the summer of 2013 as FieldTurf was installed to replace the existing natural grass surface. The facility has a seating capacity of 3,500. On October 9, 1971, the facility was named in honor of long time Bridgewater coach and professor Dr. Harry G.M. "Doc" Jopson.

Golf
The golf teams practice and play their tournaments at Lakeview Golf Course. Click here to visit Lakeview's Home Page.

In the fall of 2013, the College installed a short-game facility on campus for the Eagles men's and women's golfers to practice on campus.

The golf teams also has access to the College's new indoor hitting facility that was erected in 2014. Measuring in at 40' wide x 130' long, the indoor facility includes a 70' hitting cage and another 55' cage with indoor mounds, a 100' net, a carpeted floor and lighting. Finally, the facility is able to be closed or opened during the course of the year with temporary dropped canvas in place for weatherization during the winter months. 

Lacrosse
The Eagles men's and women's lacrosse teams team play their home games at the Jopson Athletic Complex. The Jopson Athletic Complex received a major upgrade during the summer of 2013 as FieldTurf was installed to replace the existing natural grass surface. The facility has a seating capacity of 3,500. On October 9, 1971, the facility was named in honor of long time Bridgewater coach and professor Dr. Harry G.M. "Doc" Jopson.

Soccer
Located on the Jopson Field Athletic Complex, the Bridgewater College soccer field is a natural grass playing surface with seating for 200 spectators. The field has an electronic scoreboard and a press box with a PA system.

Softball
The softball facility, part of the Jopson Athletic Complex, was originally constructed in 1996, completely renovated in 1998 with permanent seating, enclosed press box, enclosed dugouts, scoreboard, bullpens, irrigation system for outfield and infield, and batting cages behind the center field fence. A new press box was constructed in 2009. During the summer of 2012, facility upgrades took place to add a warning track, replace the fencing around the field and to upgrade the dugouts. 

Aside from the dugouts, the College also added a new indoor hitting facility in 2014 that will be utilized by a number of teams. Measuring in at 40' wide x 130' long, the indoor facility includes a 70' hitting cage and another 55' cage with indoor mounds, a 100' net, a carpeted floor and lighting. Finally, the facility is able to be closed or opened during the course of the year with temporary dropped canvas in place for weatherization during the winter months. 

Opened March 12th, 1996, the Eagle Field featured fences 200 feet from home plate down the lines and 215 feet to dead center field. The stands can accomodate a crowd of 210 with ground seating down the left and right field line and behind the outfield fence.

Swimming
Bridgewater College's six-lane pool is located in Nininger Hall. The pool is 25 meters in length. The pool has a 14-foot deep end and four-foot shallow end.

Tennis
The Mapp Tennis Courts are located adjacent to Nininger Hall. The facility features six courts.

Track & Field
The Bridgewater track team competes at Jopson Field. It is equipped with an eight-lane 400 meter all-weather track. Adjacent to the track there are long jump, high jump, and triple jump surfaces, as well as shot put, discus, and javelin throwing areas along with a pole vaulting area.

Volleyball
The volleyball facility was built in 1958 and seats 1,100 people. Better known as Nininger Hall, the facility contails the gym along with coaches offices, classrooms, a training room, a weight room, team locker rooms, and a swimming pool.