Ahearn Field House

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With a crowd capacity of 11,700, Ahearn Field House hosts sports like volleyball and indoor track and various other events. The adjoining Ahearn Gymnasium offers even more space for events, and the adjoining Natatorium contains an eight-lane lap pool and six-lane recreational pool, both 25 meters long. The handicapped accessible Natatorium also contains a sunning deck and diving well with 3-meter and 1-meter boards.

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History

The construction of Ahearn Field House in 1951 created a better facility for basketball and indoor track events, which were previously held in Nichols Hall. Because the Field House capacity is 11,700, it served well for large events like concerts and indoor commencements before the completion of McCain Auditorium and Bramlage Coliseum.

In 1988 basketball games moved to Bramlage Coliseum, and Ahearn underwent renovation to better suit volleyball, track and other activities. The Field House is named in honor of Michael F. Ahearn, former K-State professor, coach, director of athletics and department head of physical education.