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Ahearn Fieldhouse

Exterior of Ahearn Field House

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The Wildcats utilize historic Ahearn Field House during the indoor track season.

  • Opened: 1950
  • Track Name: Ward Haylett Track
  • Surface: Rekortan (2008)
  • Last Conference Championship Host: 1997

AHEARN FIELD HOUSE

The Wildcats utilize historic Ahearn Field House during the indoor track season.

The track, named for legendary coach Ward Haylett, has hosted three conference championships including the 1997 Big 12 Indoor Championships.

In a typical year, K-State hosts five indoor events, including the Carol Robinson Pentathlon in December.

Ahearn Field House was the product of a 10-year drive by several people, most notably athletic director Mike Ahearn and head men's basketball coach Jack Gardner. The $2 million-dollar structure opened on Dec. 9, 1950, when the Wildcats defeated Utah State, 66-56.

Today, many of the K-State varsity athletic offices, including the track and field offices, are housed in the complex.

The venue is also one of America 's showplace indoor facilities. It houses the natatorium, indoor track, four tennis courts, K-State volleyball, and the Ward Haylett Track in Ahearn makes it one of the top indoor facilities in the Midwest. It has also been a recent home of the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships, including the 2004 meet.

In the summer of 2008, Ahearn Field House completed over $800,000 in improvements to the building, including lighting, track resurfacing and sports medicine upgrades.