Northwestern has constructed a state of the art $270 million athletic facility that has surpassed any other facility in the nation. The Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center has 45-foot floor to ceiling windows that run all the way around the practice field that overlooks Lake Michigan's shores.
The 425,000 square feet facility will be home to not only football but 5 other varsity teams and will serve as the hub for the department’s administration, medical care and academic services and also host intramurals and campus events.
Ryan Fieldhouse's dome shape was created for football punting and kicking trajectories, with the top of the dome reaching 87 feet above the turf field. Maximizing its location on the shores of Lake Michigan, the facility features glass façade providing clear views to the north and east. The fieldhouse is flanked by sports performance spaces for football and Olympic sports.