The $18 million Woodward Athletic/Academic Center, which officially opened in September of 2004, is an 80,000 square foot facility that features an expansive field house. The 35,000 square foot field house is large enough to hold an official NCAA track and field meet. It includes a four-lane track (six lanes on the straightaway), and areas inside the track for jumping, pole vaulting and throwing events. The field house has three full-length basketball courts with the main performance court providing seating for 1,100, and a rock climbing area. The first floor of the Woodward Center features first-class athletic training, fitness center, and equipment room areas, along with locker room space for each varsity team. Located on the second floor area are a student lounge, a spacious aerobics/dance studio, four classrooms as well as exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning laboratories, a multimedia computer lab, conference rooms, as well as office space for Westfield State's athletic and movement science departments.
Interior of the Woodward Center field house. The track was resurfaced in the summer of 2018. The space is large enough to hold full baseball and softball infield practice, has two hitting tunnels. The Owls football, women's lacrosse, field hockey and soccer teams will also occasionally use the space for training in the event of inclement weather.
State-of-the-art weight room in Woodward Center field house (above).
The Woodward Center routinely draws large crowds of students and local community
members for basketball games and other events (below)