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Athletic Facilities

To win championships, we provide the finest facilities and the most effective training equipment for our over 500 student-athletes.

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Whether you want to put on the uniform and join the 500+ student-athletes competing on one of Gardner-Webb University’s 21 NCAA Division I intercollegiate teams, or you just want to get involved and have fun, there is something for everyone. Compete with your friends against other students on campus through intramural sports, or participate in the game day experience and cheer on the Runnin’ Bulldogs in the stands.

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Spangler Stadium 2023 Football Tickets
No. 18

Nationally Ranked

Gardner-Webb's Spangler Stadium Ranks No. 18 of 125 FCS Stadiums Nationally

No. 18

Nationally Ranked

Gardner-Webb's Spangler Stadium Ranks No. 18 of 125 FCS Stadiums Nationally

Spangler Stadium was originally built in 1966 but was upgraded and expanded considerably prior to the start of the 2004 season to include the addition of a new Football Center, which houses football coaches’ offices, athletic weight facilities, president’s box, press box, and luxury suites. Coach Norman Harris Field was modernized significantly in 2014 with the installation of state-of-the-art artificial turf and shock pad technology manufactured by APT. Prior to the start of the 2020 season, a video board was installed to enhance the fan and athlete experience. 

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Women's basketball team
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Paul Porter Arena

Located within the Convocation Center, which also houses an athletic training facility for student-athletes and the offices for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, as well as three auxiliary locker rooms for athletic officials and visiting teams.

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Built in 1983, and renovated in 2008, the 4,500 seat Paul Porter Arena is located inside the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center on the campus in Boiling Springs. A versatile facility, it serves as the main hub for the Department of Athletics.

The locker area for women’s basketball has a fully-furnished dressing area with individual lockers and provides the Runnin’ Bulldogs with spacious accommodations for practice and game day activities.  Just off the main locker room is a player’s lounge and study area to compliment the facility.

Updates to the locker area for the volleyball program include individual mahogany lockers for each student-athlete as well as a film area for players to hone their skills away from game day.

John Henry Moss Stadium

Bill Masters Field at John Henry Moss Stadium has been the home of Gardner-Webb baseball since its dedication on September 18, 2010. The facility has seating capacity for 550 with further expansion possible.

The dugouts, at 70 feet long, are some of the largest in the Big South and entire nation, each having unique features of their own. The 3rd base dugout features an expansive umpire locker room, complete with shower, locker, and lounge facilities for game day umpires as well as game day storage and bathroom facilities for the Runnin’ Bulldogs. Just steps off the 1st base dugout is an indoor hitting tunnel available for Gardner-Webb players to use during practice for swing adjustments.

Recent upgrades to the facility include the installation of field turf and the expansion of the bullpen area along the 3rd base line.

Amenities in the press box include two VIP suites complete with outdoor patios, kitchen area for catering, and bathroom facilities. The box also features two broadcast booths for video-streaming and radio, complete with a spacious press area for members of the media.

Brinkley Stadium home plate
Brinkley Stadium sign
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Brinkley Stadium first base
Brinkley Stadium

The 2021 Big South Conference Softball Tournament was hosted at Brinkley Stadium. The seating behind home base gives more than 400 fans a clear view of the entire field.

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Brinkley Softball Stadium includes spacious in-ground dugouts outfitted with restrooms, artificial turf grass on the infield and outfield, permanent seating for more than (need a number ) spectators, and a concession stand. The press box behind home base houses the main working area, and two broadcast booths to accommodate radio and video operations. A building located behind the first base dugout offers space for coaches’ offices, a locker room, a conference room, and an athletic training area. A practice facility was built behind the outfield fence offers athletes additional opportunities to train, even during times of inclement weather.


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I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel.
— Mia Hamm
The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.
— Jesse Owens
Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.
— Joseph Pilates

Gardner-Webb University became an officially licensed CrossFit affiliate in July 2018. CrossFit Gardner-Webb University offers free CrossFit classes to Gardner-Webb University students, faculty and staff.

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Full effort is full victory

Gardner-Webb University CrossFit

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