Boston College’s Fish Field House is a significant addition to the football and recreation sports programs on campus. The facility fills a critical need to accommodate indoor playing space for programs that benefit students during periods of New England inclement weather while also serving as an important recruitment tool for the athletics program.
The field house contains a synthetic turf surface large enough to support a full-size NCAA football field with a 20-foot run-off space on all sides. The facility also features a state-of-the-art video and audio system that includes a high-definition screen that can offer instant playback during practices as multiple cameras feed into the video control room. The 11,000-square-foot strength and conditioning facility provides the football program with an upgraded space equivalent to facilities at peer schools. The facility also has a welcoming lobby that serves as a hall of fame for past athletic successes. In addition, the program includes support spaces such as coaches’ offices, a sports medicine suite, a hydration room and a football equipment room.
Early energy modeling was used to understand the efficiency and performance of the facility using various envelope assemblies and glazing types. The project received LEED Gold certification and meets the college's campus-wide sustainability initiatives.