Braun Athletic Center (626) 395-3253
Braun Athletic Center Hours
Monday – Friday
Braun Building Hours 6:00a-10:00p
Barn, Brown, Field, Tennis 6:00a-9:30p
Pool Deck 6:00a-9:00a, 11:00a-2:00p, 4:00p-8:30p
Saturday – Sunday
Braun Building Hours 10:00a-6:00p
Barn, Brown, Field, Tennis 10:00a-5:45p
Pool Deck 2:00p-5:45p
The following link is to the most up to date calendar for the facilities around the Braun Athletic Center. For more information about weekly facility schedules please call 626-395-3253.
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The Braun Athletic Center features the main gymnasium (used for intercollegiate competition as well as recreation); a 3,500-square-foot weight room including a Cybex Circuit, free weights and various cardiovascular machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, cross-trainers and upright and recumbent bikes; four racquetball courts; two international squash courts; a multipurpose room with spring floor for group fitness activities and locker rooms with showers.
All members must check in at the front desk and swipe their membership I.D. card upon arrival. Day lockers are available in both the men's and women's locker rooms. Sports equipment is available for rental.
Bathrooms are located in both the men's and women's locker rooms and second floor in Braun, as well as the entrance hallway in Brown. There are two single-use bathrooms on the first floor of Braun, as well as a family changing room off the pool deck on the East wall. Anyone in need of assistance can contact Heather Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation offices are housed on the second floor of Braun. Information on memberships, registration, club sports, aerobics, lockers and facility usage can be found in the Recreation office (Room 203) in upstairs lobby.
Uses: Physical Education classes, informal basketball and volleyball, racquetball, squash, handball, wallyball, group fitness sessions, martial arts and dance clubs.
Intercollegiate sports: Men's and Women's Basketball, Volleyball
North Field South Field/Fox Stanton Track
Two multi-use fields, a baseball diamond and a 400-meter track.
Uses: Physical Education classes, informal recreation and running, club and intramural rugby, soccer, softball and Ultimate frisbee.
Intercollegiate sports: Baseball (North Field), Men's Soccer (North Field), Track & Field (South Field)
Robert E. Townsend memorial plaque
Installed in the spring of 2015, the Robert E. Townsend memorial plaque hangs on the first-base dugout of North Field.
If you were a Caltech student-athlete within the last 50 years, he knew your stats. He was at your meets and games, yelling your name from the bleachers or a folding chair.
A fan and friend of thousands of students, Bob Townsend was a groundskeeper for Caltech Athletics from 1964-2003, rising to the rank of super lead - a title created in his honor. Often arriving to campus at dawn, he striped and maintained the fields, track and baseball diamond. Even after retiring, he made sure to visit the campus every few days.
Townsend carried his love for Caltech Athletics right up until his passing, when Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Betsy Mitchell learned that the 39-year employee had named Caltech as the beneficiary of two annuities that allowed the department to construct a long-sought rock climbing wall and renovate the baseball diamond, including laser leveling the field, rebuilding the mound and installing new sod in a long-overdue project.
"He was always saying he'd do something special for Caltech - he talked about it for years," Vince Riley, who is quick to name Townsend as a hugely influential mentor and succeeded himas super lead, said. "This was like his family, his home."
Caltech student-athletes will no longer hear his cheers, but Townsend is still their champion.
Braun Pool/Sturtevant Memorial Spa Alumni Pool Tennis Courts
Two 25-yard pools, both with 1- and 3-meter diving boards, and a spa. Eight courts (six lighted).
Uses: Physical Education classes, lap swim, recreational swim, Master's swimming Uses: Physical Education classes,
Intercollegiate sports: Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving, Intercollegiate sports: Men's
Men's and Women's Water Polo and women's tennis
The Aquatics Program offers a variety of programs and aquatic opportunities for all levels of experience. With recreational lap swim times available throughout the day and courses ranging from Introduction to Swimming Basics up through Efficient Freestyle we have a course for everyone. For pool information please contact Heather Morgan.
- 25 yard pool
- 3m diving (available for P.E. and Intercollegiate Athletics)
- 8 Lane 25 yard pool
- Shallow water area instructional area (3 1/2, 4 Feet)
- 1m diving
- ADA Lift and Stair Available
Water Aerobics (Spring and Summer Terms)
See current Pool Schedule for the offerings offered at this time
Scott Brown Gymnasium
Brown Gymnasium provides additional space for informal basketball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis and houses the department's rock climbing wall and bouldering cave. Brown Classroom serves as the department's primary meeting room for conferences and classes. The recently renovated intercollegiate Athletic Training Center is also housed in Brown.
Uses: Informal basketball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis
Intercollegiate sports: Men's and Women's Fencing
Athletic Training Center
The Athletic Training Center is staffed by the department's Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Trainer, who are responsible for the coordination of health care to the student-athletes within the intercollegiate athletics program. For more information, visit the Athletic Training page.