Andover's athletic facilities rank among the finest in the nation. The Academy's 500-acre campus includes 19 playing fields, 18 tennis courts, an outdoor synthetic surface track and Phelps Stadium, a lighted facility with seating for more than 2,000 spectators. Our skating complex features both NHL and NCAA regulation size rinks, locker rooms for varsity and junior varsity hockey, a training room and a heated viewing area. Indoors, the Academy offers three gymnasiums, multiple basketball courts, eight international squash courts, a six-lane swimming pool, a 12-foot deep diving pool with a one-meter board, and two dance studios. The Case Memorial Cage houses an indoor running track, baseball and softball batting tunnels and space for indoor team practices. The Rosenau Fitness Center is home to more than 20 weight machines and a full complement of free weights, stair machines, stationary bikes and rowing machines. Cross country and Outdoor Pursuits program utilize running trails and high ropes course in our 85-acre bird sanctuary and The William H. Brown 1934 Boathouse, situated on the Merrimack River, serves Andover Crew programs.
The Snyder Center
Designed and constructed in concert with the principles set forth in the Academy’s Strategic Plan, Campus Master Plan, and Athletics Facilities Master Plan, this dynamic 98,000-square-foot structure was made possible by a lead gift from Phillips Academy track star Steve Snyder ’56 and substantial gifts from additional alumni and parents.
The multiuse Snyder Center reinforces the Academy’s commitment to a full slate of athletics, fitness, and health and wellness programs to support each student’s physical, mental, social, and emotional development.
Along with exceptional practice and competition facilities for the Academy’s burgeoning track and field and squash programs, the Snyder Center offers flexible spaces for many other sports and fitness pursuits. Intramural basketball teams practice regularly on the track’s infield, which also converts to regulation tennis courts for interscholastic play. Nearly every PA field sport will have solid indoor training opportunities during mud season and inclement weather.
Dance students, yoga enthusiasts, and participants in fitness and health and wellness programs now enjoy inviting studio and meeting spaces, many with expansive views. Recreational athletes in the Phillips Academy community— including students and faculty needing a healthy break—drop by the facility daily for a few laps around the track or a quick game of squash.
In 1944 a new Upper Middler from Watertown, Massachusetts arrived at Andover to study and to play baseball. An outstanding pitcher, Richard Phelps graduated from PA in 1946, went on to Yale and then to a very successful business career while remaining actively interested and involved in athletics. In 1990 Dick made an extraordinarily generous gift to the Academy including funds for scholarships, for a number of campus projects, and, in particular, for the renovation and improvement of the baseball field, which was dedicated in May of 1993 as Phelps Park.
The William H. Brown 1934 Boathouse is situated on the Merrimack River. Dedicated on September 23, 2012, this greatly expanded facility is located a few miles downriver from the school's former facility. Used in both the fall and spring seasons, the new facility has ample parking and plenty of room for housing 8s, 4s, and small boats.
Beginning this fall (2007) Girls Varsity Field Hockey has moved into Phelps Stadium to play all its home games on the newly installed artificial turf. The turf makes for a better and faster-paced game and it’s exciting to play before the stadium crowds.
Brothers Field, longtime home of Phillips Academy varsity teams, has been renewed and improved with the construction of Phelps Stadium. Dedicated in June of 2002, Phelps Stadium is a lighted facility with seating for over 2000 spectators and is handicapped accessible. From their locker rooms in the nearby Harrison Rink facility, Andover athletes enter the stadium through the Sorota Tunnel, named in honor of legendary football and track coach, Steve Sorota. Brothers Field is also the game field for boys lacrosse and is used for girls lacrosse, field hockey and soccer.
The Rosenau Fitness Center, dedicated in 1992, is home to over 20 weight machines, a full set of free weights, stair machines, stationary bikes, rowing machines and a Universal Gym.
Opened in February 2002 and later officially dedicated on June 8, 2002, the Harrison Rink is the home of Andover hockey. This state-of-the-art facility sports two sheets of ice – the Harrison Rink (200' x 94'), which is the main arena with seating for 400, and the smaller but NHL-sized Gurry Rink (200' x 85'). It also includes locker rooms for all four PA hockey teams and visiting squads, plus an athletic training room, spacious lobby and viewing areas, and locker space for teams using the nearby Phelps Stadium during the fall and spring seasons. The facility is utilized year-round for Andover teams, hockey camps, town youth hockey, and ice skating.
The Boys' Varsity Soccer Field is located at the Sorota Track Complex. The playing surface is slightly crowned and 115yds x 75yds in dimension. With an electronic scoreboard and automatic sprinkler system, our facility is one of the best of its kind in New England. Adjacent to the playing field is a training ground with goals and grids for small-sided training activities. The Girl's Soccer Field is located behind Graves Hall and was refurbished in 1998-99. This new field now has a sprinkler system and has been leveled using the latest technology.
Phillips Academy softball calls Isham Field’s two tournament-quality diamonds home. Through the generosity of the Abbot Academy Association, alumnae, alumni, and friends, the main diamond was renovated and named Peter Drench Park in 2014. It sports permanent, fully-equipped dugouts, an additional batting tunnel, bullpen, equipment shed, spacious seating, outfield fence, colorful flagpoles and an electronic scoreboard. The second diamond features smaller bleachers and fewer amenities but maintains an equally fine playing surface.
Phillips Academy has a 6 lane, 25-yard racing swimming pool, and a 12-foot deep diving pool with a one-meter board. The spectator gallery has room for 200 and the racing pool is equipped with an underwater observation window, electronic touchpad timing and a seven-lane scoreboard. Both pools are available for water-based training and rehabilitation for athletes of all sports.
There are 18 all weather courts in three locations on campus.
The Sorota Track is an 8-lane, all-weather 400m outdoor track with accompanying first-rate field event facilities. Opened in 1988, and redone in June of 2016. It is named after the legendary PA track coach, Steve Sorota and is one of the best track facilities anywhere in New England.
The Bronk Training Room is staffed by three full-time professional trainers who support the entire athletic program through both injury prevention and rehabilitation.