Braun Athletic Center (626) 395-3253
The Braun Athletic Center features the main gymnasium (used for intercollegiate competition as well as recreation); a 3,500-square-foot weight room including a Cybex Circuit, free weights and various cardiovascular machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, cross-trainers and upright and recumbent bikes; four racquetball courts; two international squash courts; a multipurpose room with spring floor for group fitness activities and locker rooms with showers.
All patrons must check in at the front desk and swipe their membership I.D. card upon arrival. Day lockers are available in both the men's and women's locker rooms. Towel service is coordinated through the front desk. Sports equipment is available for rental. Reservations are recommended and often required for many activities and rooms.
The Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation offices are housed on the second floor of Braun. Information on memberships, registration, club sports, aerobics, lockers and facility usage can be found in the Recreation office across from the intercollegiate offices.
Uses: Physical Education classes, informal basketball and volleyball, racquetball, squash, handball, wallyball, group fitness sessions, martial arts and dance clubs.
Intercollegiate sports: Men's and Women's Basketball, Volleyball
North Field South Field/Fox Stanton Track
Two multi-use fields, a baseball diamond and a Mondo 400-meter track.
Uses: Physical Education classes, informal recreation and running, club and intramural rugby, soccer, softball and Ultimate frisbee.
Intercollegiate sports: Baseball (North Field), Men's Soccer (North Field), Track & Field (South Field)
Robert E. Townsend memorial plaque
Installed in the spring of 2015, the Robert E. Townsend memorial plaque hangs on the first-base dugout of North Field.
If you were a Caltech student-athlete within the last 50 years, he knew your stats. He was at your meets and games, yelling your name from the bleachers or a folding chair.
A fan and friend of thousands of students, Bob Townsend was a groundskeeper for Caltech Athletics from 1964-2003, rising to the rank of super lead - a title created in his honor. Often arriving to campus at dawn, he striped and maintained the fields, track and baseball diamond. Even after retiring, he made sure to visit the campus every few days.
Townsend carried his love for Caltech Athletics right up until his passing, when Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Betsy Mitchell learned that the 39-year employee had named Caltech as the beneficiary of two annuities that allowed the department to construct a long-sought rock climbing wall and renovate the baseball diamond, including laser leveling the field, rebuilding the mound and installing new sod in a long-overdue project.
"He was always saying he'd do something special for Caltech - he talked about it for years," Vince Riley, who is quick to name Townsend as a hugely influential mentor and succeeded himas super lead, said. "This was like his family, his home."
Caltech student-athletes will no longer hear his cheers, but Townsend is still their champion.
Braun Pool/Sturtevant Memorial Spa Alumni Pool Tennis Courts
Two 25-yard pools, both with 1- and 3-meter diving boards, and a spa. Eight courts (six lighted).
Uses: Physical Education classes, lap swim, recreational swim, Master's swimming Uses: Physical Education classes,
Intercollegiate sports: Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving, Intercollegiate sports: Men's
Men's and Women's Water Polo and women's tennis
Scott Brown Gymnasium
Brown Gymnasium provides additional space for informal basketball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis and houses the department's rock climbing wall and bouldering cave. Additional lockers are available as is a heavy bag and speed bag area. Brown Classroom serves as the department's primary meeting room for conferences and classes. The recently renovated intercollegiate Athletic Training Center is also housed in Brown.
Uses: Informal basketball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis
Intercollegiate sports: Men's and Women's Fencing
Athletic Training Center
The Athletic Training Center is staffed by the department's Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Trainer, who are responsible for the coordination of health care to the student-athletes within the intercollegiate athletics program. For more information, visit the Athletic Training page.