Department of Athletics

Director, Robert L. Scalise
65 North Harvard Street, Boston, MA, 02163 617-495-4848

The Department of Athletics administers a diverse range of athletic activities for everyone in the University. The department oversees five major areas: intercollegiate athletics, club sports, intramural athletics, a recreation program, and athletic facilities. As required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1994, the current annual report on women’s and men’s intercollegiate athletics is available from the department office at 65 North Harvard Street, Boston, MA, 02163.

• Anyone with a disability may contact the Manager of Recreational Services, Gary Brown (, 617-495-4790), to discuss an athletic program to fit his or her needs.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The intercollegiate teams compete in twenty women’s and twenty-one men’s varsity programs ranging from football to sailing.

The Dean’s Office, Administrative Board, and Department of Athletics collaborated to develop a policy that limits the number of class days and weekend days that may be missed per term on account of athletic competition. Controls and approval processes are in place to ensure that communication between the athlete and his/her Resident Dean occurs prior to travel from campus. Athletes are ultimately responsible for resolving academic/athletic scheduling conflicts directly with academic faculty and staff. Administrative Sport Liaisons, designated by the Athletics Director and assigned to each team, are available to assist athletes with the compliance of these policies and procedures. Questions regarding these policies should be directed to Patricia Henry, Senior Associate Director of Athletics (617-495-2201,

Club Sports

The Department sponsors a varied collection of sports-oriented club activities, governed and financed by the student members. Club sports, which are subject to change from year to year, include rugby, lacrosse, soccer, martial arts, and ultimate frisbee, to name a few. The Club Sports Office at the Malkin Athletic Center assigns space and provides some administrative assistance to the clubs. Students who want to form clubs for new activities may receive information about requirements and procedures by contacting the Manager of Recreational Services, Gary Brown (

Intramural Sports

Nearly half the College’s undergraduates participate in intramural sports programs. All Harvard students are encouraged to take part regardless of athletic background or ability. In the course of an academic year more than 800 upperclass team contests are scheduled in over 25 sports. The Department of Athletics coordinates the House Intramural Program. Intramurals for freshmen are coordinated through the Freshman Dean’s Office.

Recreation Program

The recreation program offers instruction in a variety of activities open to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. The program is offered each term and all participants must register at the beginning of each session. Many of the courses have limited enrollment. Lists of activities and schedules are published online and are available from the Recreation Office in the Malkin Athletic Center. Schedules are also posted throughout the University at the beginning of each term. The recreation program includes such diverse activities as water safety instruction, group exercise classes, golf, and racquet sports (including lessons).

Athletic Tickets

Undergraduate students are admitted free to most home Harvard athletic events. For events where tickets are sold—football, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse—undergraduate students who show their Harvard ID upon entrance will be given a free ticket for the event. Any questions should be directed to the Athletic Ticket Office (617-495-2211).

Athletic Facilities

The athletic facilities, most of which are located at Soldiers Field, are available to members of the Harvard community subject to priorities accorded to intercollegiate and intramural schedules, recreation program classes, and club sports. Soldiers Field, an enclosed area of over 90 acres of playing fields, includes football, softball, soccer, lacrosse fields, baseball diamond, running track, outdoor hard surface tennis courts, and the following athletic buildings:

  1. Murr Center, 65 North Harvard Street—administrative offices, Harvard Athletics Hall of History, ticket sales for all intercollegiate events and participation memberships, recreational locker sales, Harvard Varsity Club, six indoor tennis courts, sixteen international plaster squash courts, and an intercollegiate weight room.

  2. Harvard Stadium—hosts intercollegiate football games and seats nearly 32,000.

  3. Stadium Seasonal Bubble—Synthetic field provides indoor field space during the winter.

  4. Blodgett Pool—a 50-meter Olympic-size pool with a separate diving well and seating capacity of 1,200; team and recreational locker and shower rooms.

  5. Gordon Track and Tennis Center—a 220-yard banked track with a separate field event area, five indoor tennis courts, and women’s team, coaches, recreational locker and shower rooms.

  6. Bright Hockey Center—ice rink with four team rooms and seating for 2,800.

  7. Lavietes Pavilion—basketball floor (intercollegiate use) and seating capacity for 2,050.

  8. Beren Tennis Center—18 outdoor courts.

  9. McCurdy Track—400-meter track with eight 48” lanes and multiple Field Event areas.

  10. Dillon Field House—team rooms, men’s team and coaches locker and shower rooms, coaches’ offices, lounge, medical room, and laundry facilities.

  11. Palmer Dixon Tennis Center—Strength and conditioning space for varsity programs.

  12. Jordan Field—artificial turf facility, hosts lacrosse and field hockey with seating for 900.

  13. Cumnock Field —Five synthetic fields provide outdoor space throughout the year for a variety of sports and recreational use.

University athletic facilities in other locations:

  1. Newell Boat House, Soldiers Field Road—houses shells used by intercollegiate heavyweight and lightweight men’s crews.

  2. Weld Boat House, Memorial Drive and John F. Kennedy Street—houses shells used by women’s intercollegiate, House, and Intramural crew, and recreational rowing.

  3. Malkin Athletic Center, Holyoke Street—one shallow pool for beginners; one all-deep 25-yard pool; basketball courts; and fencing, wrestling, cardiovascular exercise equipment, Nautilus, and weight facilities.

  4. Radcliffe Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center, Garden Street—squash, racquetball, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts; exercise rooms; and table games. It is open to all students living at the Radcliffe Quadrangle and the Freshman Yard. For information, call 617-495-3454.

  5. Sailing Center, near the Lower Basin on Memorial Drive. Accessible by subway.

  6. Hemenway Gymnasium, on Massachusetts Avenue near Harvard Law School—basketball court, group exercise room, three international squash courts, weight training, and cardiovascular equipment.