The Gold Dome & Fitness Center
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The geodesic Gold Dome, constructed in 1970, is a landmark located just south of the main Centenary College campus. It houses the Centenary basketball teams and volleyball team, 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, a classroom, a hospitality area, and seven large carpeted dressing rooms.

Like the building itself, the floor area is multi-purpose. A portable hardwood floor was inserted in 1989 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 Sports Fitness Center is also utilized by the athletic department. 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 with their team. Other features of the Fitness Center include: hot tubs and saunas, a pool, dance studios, dressing rooms, and courts for basketball and raquetball.