Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center

Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center

Located northwest of the Roche Sports Complex, the 76,000-square-foot Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center contains four acrylic tennis courts and a six-lane, 200-meter NCAA regulation track. The track features a Mondo surface—the same used in the 2012 London Olympic Games—and also holds the distinction of being the widest 200-meter track in the world.

The building also contains one long jump and one triple jump runway and pit, one permanent and one portable pole vault station, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, a mezzanine, and a training room.

An all-purpose building, the Biermann Center has also hosted Commencement, the Homecoming “Un-Tent” Party, the Women Commissioners Rummage Sale, and the Rebirth of Liberty and Learning Gala.

Address

91 E College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Opening Hours

School Year
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m

History

Recognizing the need for additional athletic facilities, the College developed a plan for expansion and renovation in the early 2000s. The first phase of the plan called for an all-purpose building that would include a track and tennis courts. Construction began in 2012, and the building was dedicated in May 2013.

The late Margot V. Biermann was a 1993 alumna who graduated with a degree in elementary education. While at Hillsdale, she developed an interest in long-distance running. After graduation, she realized her lifelong dream to teach preschool, and she became an outstanding distance runner, completing twenty-six marathons in the United States and abroad and winning several medals in her age category.

Margot was profoundly grateful for the role of Hillsdale College in her achievements. Shortly before her death, she and her husband, Frank, discussed how best to share the blessings of their prosperity. The naming of the Biermann Athletic Center provided a perfect way to honor her memory.

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