Athletics and Recreation

Athletics and Recreation

The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation, & Convocation Center


Fax: 215.951.2775


Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m

Philadelphia University is committed to a strong athletic program, a commitment strengthened by its association with the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The University is a Division II member of the NCAA. The University sponsors 16 varsity sports and club teams. Cheerleading, men’s lacrosse, men’s volleyball, field hockey, rugby, and ultimate Frisbee are affiliated with the intercollegiate program as club sports.

Sports Sponsorship

Men’s Teams (7):                   

  • Baseball                                 
  • Basketball                              
  • Cross Country/Track              
  • Golf                                       
  • Soccer                                    
  • Tennis                                  

Women’s Teams (9):

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country/Track
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Athletic Fields

Philadelphia University has three athletic fields and three main hard court surfaces. Students can use the fields, but may be asked to leave if the weather is inclement. Students are not permitted to use golf clubs on the athletic fields. As with the indoor gyms, students, faculty, and staff must be prepared to show identification when using the fields. All facilities are used for varsity and recreation programs.

  • Ravenhill Field: Home of the men’s and women’s soccer teams and women’s lacrosse team.
  • Henry Avenue Softball Field: Home of the women’s softball team.
  • Abe Salaman, ’58 Tennis Courts: Adjacent to Physical Plant, in both directions, are six tennis courts. These courts are home to the men’s and women’s tennis team.
  • Alumni Field: This is the home of the baseball team and various intramural sports. It is located next to the Gallagher Center.
  • Belmont Plateau: This course is utilized by the cross country teams and is located approximately three miles from campus.
  • Hines Rowing Center: This boat club is in Conshohocken, PA and houses the women’s crew program.
  • ACE Club: Home course for the Philadelphia University golf team. This golf course is located in Lafayette Hill, PA.
  • Legacy: Indoor tennis facility that is home to the men’s and women’s tennis teams.



Gallagher Athletic, Recreation, and Convocation Center: The state of the art Athletic and Recreation Center features three full-size basketball courts, an indoor jogging track, fitness center, locker rooms, and administrative offices. Located only 35 yards from the new Kanbar Campus Center, the Gallagher Center allows both intercollegiate and recreational participants to compete in top-level facilities.

Bucky Harris Gym: Has an official-sized basketball court, a racquetball court, an aerobics studio, as well as an official volleyball court. The gym is used for group exercise classes, recreational competition and open gym.

Fitness Center: The state-of-the-art fitness center offers over 25 pieces of Life Fitness cardiovascular equipment, including two Summit machines, ten treadmills (with personal television monitor included) and eight cross-trainers, spin bikes, and more than 30 pieces of Hammer Strength and Life Fitness strength training equipment targeting every major muscle group in the body. In January 2012, the fitness center cardio equipment was upgraded and state of the art Cybex machines were added to the equipment offerings. Additional equipment includes a full set of Iron Grip dumbbells, barbells, kettle bells, stability balls, exercise mats, and medicine balls. The fitness center is dedicated to creating an environment where the Philadelphia University community can acquire the skills, knowledge and behaviors needed to achieve fitness goals, live healthier lives, and gain a lifetime appreciation for a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness Programs: Group exercise classes, self-defense training, swimming (Penn Charter High School), yoga, Pilates, spinning, etc.


Hours (during the academic year):

Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Updated facility hours will be posted at the Gallagher Center for times when the University is not in session.

To use an athletic facility, a current and valid student (not alumni), staff or faculty identification is necessary! Each Philadelphia University student is allowed one guest on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and that guest must have positive identification to use the facility. Open recreation time may vary due to varsity contests, practices, recreation contests, outside events, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. Notice will be posted in such cases. Alumni of Philadelphia University are permitted access to the facility as a guest of a current Philadelphia University student only.

If a University group would like to reserve an athletic facility, it is necessary to complete an event/room reservation request through the Senior Coordinator of Athletic Event Management.

Recreation Program 

The Department of Athletics organizes and promotes extracurricular activities that are open to students, faculty and staff. These events are to be friendly in nature and are geared to promote student involvement through fitness and sports. The recreation program provides an opportunity for everyone to participate freely in an enjoyable physical activity, as well as to develop an appreciation for the benefits and importance of physical exercise. Activities are offered in league format for the competitive team player. Also offered are fitness programs for the individual who wants to meet personal objectives and special events that provide one-day athletic activities for student groups.

Registration Policy: To enter a recreation league or tournament, individuals may obtain a team roster from the Gallagher Center. You can also obtain a roster from the Recreation Sports web page at  Completed rosters must be returned to the Recreation office by posted deadlines. Individuals who wish to participate, but do not have a team, can be placed on a team by the Recreation Office. All leagues and tournaments will have men’s, women’s and coed divisions. Fitness programs may require pre-registration.

Insurance: All participants must have health and accident insurance coverage to participate.

Eligibility: All full-time day students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate. Varsity athletes cannot play when their sport is in season without the permission of their coach. Varsity athletes cannot participate in sports similar to their own (e.g., basketball players cannot play basketball, soccer players cannot play soccer, baseball players cannot play softball, etc.). For some leagues, there may be a limit to the number of varsity athletes per team, and in such cases, that information is posted. Teams will forfeit any games in which an ineligible player is used.

Team Captains: Team captains are responsible for the coordination and control of team play. Captains shall inform players of rules and schedules, prevent forfeits, attend meetings, and monitor conduct of players. For league events, there will be mandatory captain meetings to communicate important information and schedules.

Officials and supervisors: League officials and special event officials are volunteers from the participating teams. The supervisor acts as the authority concerning rules, equipment and any other questions that may arise, including accidents or injury.

Recreation Offerings: Flag Football, Coed Soccer (indoor/outdoor), Volleyball, Coed Softball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Racquetball, Billiards, Dodgeball, NIRSA Regional flag football and basketball tournaments.

Special Events: Relay for Life Relay Games, Group Challenges, Pro-Bowl Flag Football, Powder Puff & All-Star Basketball Games.

Publicity: Game schedules and upcoming event information are posted on the web at