During competitions in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, much of the attention rightfully focuses on the action on the field or on the court. However, the venues that house those competitions throughout the league are attractions in their own right, as the MIAC is blessed with diverse facilities that range from state-of-the-art to historic.
Hamline’s tradition-rich Hutton Arena is famously known as “The Birthplace of College Basketball.” Saint John’s typically welcomes the most football fans in all of Division III to Clemens Stadium every fall. Gustavus boasts the crown jewel of small college tennis facilities with the Brown Tennis Courts and Swanson Tennis Center. St. Thomas and Macalester have opened the doors to state-of-the-art athletic facilities in recent years.
The MIAC’s neutral-site Playoff and Championship events also provide a stunning backdrop for the pinnacle of competition within the conference. The MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships are held in one of the top facilities in the nation – the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center – which routinely hosts Big Ten and Division I national championship events. The MIAC Cross Country Championships highlight Minnesota’s majestic fall colors at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and the MIAC Baseball Playoffs have found a superb home at CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints, downtown St. Paul, Minn.
Those are just a few examples of the iconic courts and fields where MIAC student-athletes live out their true love of sport. Seemingly each of the MIAC’s 13 schools have either recently completed a facility upgrade, are breaking ground on a new addition to their athletics home, or have a master facilities plan in the works. The blend of historic venues and updated facilities offer a perfect snapshot of the MIAC itself – a conference constantly moving forward while embracing its rich heritage.
Use the links below to take a virtual tour of athletic facilities throughout the MIAC. Or, better yet, visit the venues in person and take in an event to really see the MIAC’s playing surfaces come to life.
MIAC Athletic Facilities – By Institution
Gustavus Adolphus College
College of Saint Benedict
St. Catherine University
Saint John’s University
Saint Mary’s University
St. Olaf College
University of St. Thomas
MIAC Athletic Facilities – Playoff and Championship Sites
Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course – Jordan, Minn. – MIAC Men's Golf Championships
Pebble Creek Golf Course – Becker, Minn. – MIAC Women's Golf Championships
St. Olaf College – Northfield, Minn. – MIAC Cross Country Championships
Schwan Super Rink – Blaine, Minn. – MIAC Men’s Hockey Showcase
University of Minnesota Aquatic Center – Minneapolis, Minn. – MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships
CHS Field – St. Paul, Minn. – MIAC Baseball Playoffs