Campbell Sports Center For CU’s Sports Program

The Campbell Sports Center, which is located on the corner of West 218th Street and Broadway in Manhattan’s northernmost reaches, where Broadway intersects with Tenth Avenue and the elevated tracks of the 1 subway line, creates a new entrance to the Baker Athletics Complex, Columbia University’s primary outdoor sports facility.

Adding Culture To Athletics And Style At The Sports Center

Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects,© Chris McVoy

The Campbell Sports Center will be the first new athletics building on Columbia’s campus since the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center was built in the mid-1970s, and will serve as the new cornerstone of the revitalised Baker Athletics Complex, providing increased programme space for the entire intercollegiate athletics programme. Strength and conditioning areas, varsity sports offices, theater-style meeting rooms, a hospitality suite, and student-athlete study rooms are all part of the new facility, which adds around 48,000 square feet of space.


For prospective scholar-athletes, the Campbell Sports Center aspires to serve the mind, body, and mind/body. Point foundations on the sloping site give rise to the design concept “points on the ground, lines in space,” which is similar to field play diagrams used in football, soccer, and baseball. The building’s elevations push and pull in space in the same way that points and lines in diagrams do on the field.

Landscapes And Broadway Bridge

Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects,©  Iwan Baan

The structure forms an urban corner on Broadway and 218th Street, then rises up to form a doorway that connects the playing field to the surrounding landscape. Blue soffits extend over a tiered landscape, heightening the openness of the Baker Athletics Complex’s urban scale portico. Terraces and outdoor steps, which act as “lines in space,” bring the field play onto and into the building, and provide views of the field and Manhattan from the upper levels.


The building, with its exposed concrete and steel framework and sandblasted aluminium surface, pays homage to Baker Field’s distinctive past. The Kings Bridge, which crossed the Spuyten Duyvil Creek in 1693, was the main route into Manhattan at the time. The existing Broadway Bridge infrastructure carries the elevated subway as well as Broadway, with a lift capacity of hundreds of tonnes. The Campbell Sports Center reflects its detail and construction.

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