Centenary Athletics Facilities
Friday, August 24, 2007

The Gold Dome 

The geodesic Gold Dome, constructed in 1970, is a landmark located just south of the main Centenary College campus. Besides housing the Centenary Gents basketball team, the Gold Dome is also the home of the Centenary Ladies basketball and volleyball teams as well as the gymnastics team.

The multi-purpose facility, constructed at a cost of $1.3 million plus equipment, has a seating capacity of 3,000 with cushioned armchairs on the upper level and bleachers on both sides of the floor.

Unique features of the structure include indirect lighting and the attractive gold anodized aluminum dome. The completely air-conditioned facility also contains office space for the athletic department, the Donnie Wilhite Media Room, the C Club room, and seven large carpeted dressing rooms.

Like the building itself, the floor area is multi-purpose. A portable hardwood floor is used for basketball. With a Tartan-based surface underneath, the floor area can easily be converted into two crosscourt basketball courts, eight volleyball courts, or 16 badminton courts.

In the fall of 2002, the Wilhite Media Room was completed inside the Gold Dome. The room features stadium seating, a projector, and sophisticated computer software that allows teams to edit game footage in order to better scout and review opponents. The Wilhite Media Room is most commonly used as a meeting room for teams and staff as well as a working room for the media during events held in the Gold Dome. All press conferences are also held in the room.

The dome was designed by the Shreveport architectural firm of Somdal-Smitherman-Sorensen-Sherman and Associates. Whitaker Construction Company of Shreveport was the contractor and the Temcor Company of California erected the gold-colored dome.

Centenary Softball Complex

 

The Centenary Softball Complex has evolved into one of the finest collegiate playing venues in the region after several recent renovations. The Ladies are proud to call the Centenary Softball Complex home and the softball program wishes to thank everyone who made the improvements possible.

 

The complex offers brand new dugouts, a new press box, a new backstop with netting, a new sound system, and a reconfigured visitor’s bullpen. The facility also includes a lighted and covered three-tunnel batting cage, a dual home bullpen, and wireless internet. Restrooms and a concession stand for the fans are located just steps from the bleachers.

 

Centenary hosted the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament, and prior to the big event, a new brick backstop was built. The old chain-link fence was removed and the new backstop was designed to go from dugout to dugout. It sports a classic brick look on the outside that faces the fans and the inside is painted green to blend in better with the field. Netting was hung to protect the fans, but it also provides better viewing as the netting is thinner than the old fence.

 

Also installed in time for the tournament was a new sound system. A set of four top-quality speakers were hung, two at each end, to the new backstop. The directional speakers provide a great sound to the players and fans alike, and can be controlled to maximize the overall experience of any visitor.

 

Phase two of the softball field project began in the fall of 2007 when the dugouts were torn down to make way for two new ones. The newly designed dugouts are longer and deeper to accommodate more space for the teams. The home dugout also has a storage unit affixed to the south side of it. Both dugouts are lighted, have beautiful new benches, helmet and bat racks, and were painted Centenary maroon on the inside.

 

The dugouts were not only widened and lengthened, but set to a new angle to allow fans in the bleachers an optimal view from their seats. In addition, the press box was affixed to the visitor’s dugout and was also widened and lengthened. The press box is equipped with shatter-proof sliding glass doors and a heating and cooling system.

 

Wireless internet was installed at both the baseball and softball complexes upon completion of the softball dugouts, which allows the broadcast of all Centenary Ladies home games via live audio stream through www.GoCentenary.com.  

 

We hope you enjoy your visit to the newly renovated Centenary Softball Complex and we thank you for your continued support of the Ladies Softball team!

 Mayo Field 

 For most teams, success on the field is the result of hard work and preparation. At Centenary, the formula is no different as not only do we receive great efforts from our athletes, but from coaches, administration, and alumni as well. As a result, both the Gents and Ladies soccer programs enjoy fine facilities in which to train and compete.

Mayo Field has served as the home site for all Centenary soccer contests since the inception of the men’s program in 1979. Originally referred to as the Centenary Soccer Complex, the field was renamed in 2001 in honor of Lewis Mayo. Mayo, the father of former Gents player and current coach Eric Mayo, lost his life heroically fighting a fire while serving the Houston, Texas, area as a member of the fire department. His family graciously donated the funds that allowed Centenary to erect a quality lighting system. The first-ever night soccer game at Centenary was played on August 31, 2001, against Georgia Southern University. A memorial to Lewis Mayo stands at the entryway to the field named in his honor.

Various other upgrades and additions have been made to Mayo Field over the past several years. New stands for seating were installed in 2000 that now allows for a crowd of 500 to comfortably cheer on the Ladies and Gents. A physical plant building was transformed in 2000 to house a new locker room and three offices for the soccer coaches and staff.

In 2001, a new building for concessions and restrooms was added next to the playing field to provide a better overall experience for all fans that visit Mayo Field.

2002 brought on several upgrades to the field itself. The chain link fencing that surrounded the field was torn down and new black iron fencing was installed to enhance the overall look. The playing surface was improved with the addition of an underground drainage system that will allow the field to remain playable in adverse weather conditions. Most recently, netting was hung behind both goals to limit the amount of balls that leave the playing area.

With contributions from generous alumni and friends of the college, the Centenary soccer program will look to continue to make a trip to Mayo Field an enjoyable experience for all of those involved.

The Sports Fitness Center is also a crucial component to the success of the Ladies and Gents programs. The $10 million facility, remodeled and expanded, reopened in 2000 with state of the art weight and exercise machines. Players can workout in the facility both on their own and as a team. Other features of the Fitness Center include: hot tubs and saunas, dressing rooms, a pool, classrooms, dance studios, and courts for basketball and racquetball.

In the fall of 2002, the Wilhite Media Room was completed in the Gold Dome. The room features stadium seating, a projector, and sophisticated computer software that allows teams to edit game footage in order to better scout and review opponents. The Wilhite Media Room is most commonly used as a meeting room for teams and staff as well as a working room for the media during events held in the Gold Dome. All press conferences are also held in the room.

Shehee Stadium

For most teams, success on the field is the result of hard work and preparation. At Centenary, the formula is no different as not only do we receive great efforts from our athletes, but from coaches, administration, and alumni as well. As a result, the Gents baseball program enjoys fine facilities in which to train and compete. 

Shehee Stadium has served as the home site for all Centenary baseball contests as far back as written history shows. Originally referred to as Centenary Park, the field was renamed in 2001 in honor of Peyton Shehee. Mr. Shehee and his family graciously donated the funds that allowed Centenary to erect a quality grandstand seating area along with a fully functional press box and sound system.

Various other upgrades and additions have been made to the baseball facilities over the past several years. A physical plant building was transformed in 2000 to house a new locker room and three offices for the baseball coaches and staff. New lighting standards were also erected for improved visibility during evening games. 

 In 2001, a new building for concessions and restrooms was added next to the playing field to provide a better overall experience for all fans that visit Shehee Stadium. 

 2002 brought on several upgrades to the field area itself. The chain-link fencing that surrounded the field was replaced with a green slatted fence that vastly improved the overall look of the playing field. The fall of 2002 brought a new outfield fence made of aluminum that replaced a weathered and worn wooden fence.

The upgrades continued in 2003 as an unused space below the grandstands was enclosed and converted into a storage area. Just prior to the 2004 campaign, the dugout area was better secured with the addition of a padded rail-guard that serves as a barrier to prevent fouls balls from entering the dugouts.

With contributions from generous alumni and friends of the college, the Centenary baseball program will look to continue to make a trip to Shehee Satdium an enjoyable experience for all of those involved.

Centenary Tennis Courts

Over the course of about a month in December 2007 and January 2008, while battling less than desired weather conditions, Center Court out of Baton Rouge applied a new surface and re-lined the Centenary Tennis Courts. The courts were stripped of all their netting and wind screens while the process took place.

 

The result is a first-class set of courts that both the Ladies and Gents tennis teams can be proud to call home. Funds for the project were generously provided by the C Club, Centenary’s official athletics booster club.