Robert A. Bristol Field House

Dedicated on October 14, 1989, in a ceremony featuring Richard Schultz, former executive director of the NCAA, the opening of the Robert A. Bristol '31 Field House ushered in a new era for athletes and non-athletes alike. At 83,000-square-feet it is an understatement to say Bristol Field House it is a multi-purpose facility. It houses a racquetball court, indoor track; a full-size artificial-turf playing field that converts to five tennis or four basketball courts; and adjoins the Elliott Varsity House and the Dr. Frank P. Smith '36 Squash Center.

The area inside the 200-meter track is the largest indoor open space on campus so the most populated events are held in the Field House, such as when the Elizabeth Blackwell Award is given and a huge reception follows. If it rains on commencement, the Field House is the alternative dry site.

Groups interested in renting the facility for track meets or practices should call the Field House office at (315) 781-3901 or e-mail Recreation@hws.edu.

Fitness Center and Weight Room

The fitness center and weight room feature a wide variety of exercise equipment for students to choose from. Treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bicycles and rowing ergs can be used by all students, faculty and staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The weight room features a diverse selection of free weights and Cybex machines to tone and strengthen every muscle group.

Group Exercise Room and Group Cycling Room

The group exercise room the primary location for HWS fitness classes. The space is also utilized by student clubs and organizations, academic classes, and open recreation. The Group Cycling room is a multipurpose class room with seventeen state of the art stationary bicycles, speed bag and heavy bag.

Groups interested in reserving the Group Exercise Room should call the Field House office at (315) 781-3901 or e-mail Recreation@hws.edu.

Bristol Pool

There is also a swimming pool available in Bristol Gymnasium. The facility at Bristol Pool provides equipment to isolate body sections so the swimmer may focus on upper or lower body fitness, as well. Kick boards are available for use in the water to improve leg strength and overall tone, and pull buoys may be used to improve shoulder and arm strength and tone.

Open swimming is offered routinely. Related physical education class offerings include swimming, lifeguarding, water safety, and scuba. For more information, contact Kelly Kisner by phone at 781-3567 or by e-mail at kisner@hws.edu.

ORAP Office

The Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program (ORAP) funds and schedules outdoor excursions and activities, including weekend and day trips. In addition, a student-built climbing wall is available to interested members of the HWS community during specified hours. ORAP maintains a rental center that offers a modest inventory of equipment for rent. The rental center possesses resource material such as maps and trail guides to assist students in planning and conducting their own outdoor activities. Located in Bristol Field House, the rental center is open on a part-time basis Mondays through Fridays during the school year and employs students who are knowledgeable about outdoor equipment and experiences.

Related physical education class offerings include skiing, orienteering, kayaking, skating, wilderness first aid. For more information, contact Aliceann Wilber by phone at 781-3933 or by e-mail at wilber@hws.edu.

ORAP Guide Application

ORAP Hours:
Monday- Wednesday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Thursday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Friday 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

For more information, visit the ORAP website.


The Waterfront program at the Colleges is designed to give students the opportunity to participate in activities combining the College's rich natural setting with instructional expertise and administrative support. The Bozzuto Boathouse houses the Colleges' nationally-ranked sailing team and also benefits the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program.

Waterfront equipment includes a dock and shed for boats and related equipment, which is used for the sailing class taught at the Colleges. Crew members also have access to the calm, enclosed waters of the New York Barge Canal, a remnant of the famous Erie Canal system, which provides six miles of excellent sculling water. For further information contact Scott Iklé by phone at 781-3938 or by e-mail at ikle@hws.edu.


Bristol Field House
283 Hamilton Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Front Desk: (315) 781-3528
Office: (315) 781-3901



Winter Break Hours

Dec. 12-Jan. 16
(Normal hours resume Jan. 17)

Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

12/16 - Main floor & walking track will be closed at 2 p.m.
12/23 - Bristol Field House closes at 4 p.m.
12/26 - CLOSED
12/30 - Bristol Field House closes at 8 a.m.



Fall Semester 2016

(Pool opens Mon., Aug. 29)

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
5-7 p.m.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
5-7 p.m.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
5-7 p.m.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
5-7 p.m.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
5-7 p.m.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Evening hours change on Mon., Sept. 26 to 7-8 p.m. for the remainder of the semester due to swim and dive season practices beginning.
  • The pool will close due to fall break Thurs., Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. and reopen Wed., Oct. 12 at 11:45 a.m.
  • The pool will close due to Thanksgiving break on Mon., Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. and reopen Mon., Nov. 28 at 11:45 a.m.
  • The pool will close due to the HWS Holiday break Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and reopen Tues., Jan. 17 at 11:45 a.m.

Any questions should
be directed to:
Kelly Kisner
O: (315) 781-3567



Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

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