Grinnell plays baseball on a complex just north and east of the President's residence. The field was renovated prior to the 2009 season. Highlights of the complex include a dirt warning track, black vinyl fencing, large dugouts, home and visitor bull pens, a double tunnel batting cage and bleacher seating for fans. Straightaway centerfield is 400 feet from home plate.
The Grinnell College softball team plays on one of the premier fields in the Midwest. Highlights of the complex, opened in the spring of 2002, include a subterranean drainage system in the infield and outfield, a dirt warning track, black vinyl fencing, heated dugouts, home and visitor bull pens, a double tunnel, artificial turf-surfaced batting cage, a heated media tower and permanent bleacher seating for two hundred fans. Although not part of the current construction, field lighting is also part of the long-term plan.
MacEachron Field lies between the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center and North Campus and hosts a number of weekly intramural practices and competitions. Affectionately known as Mac Field, the grassy area east of the North Campus residence halls — a popular site for intramural competition — was named for Paul MacEachron 1911, a football and basketball player. MacEachron married Helen Dunham 1911. In 1916 the MacEachrons participated in the first Grinnell-in-China program; he served as educational director. In 1922 he became the first full-time Dean of Men at the College.
Darby Gymnasium is home for the Grinnell College men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the Pioneer volleyball squad. The state-of-the-art arena, which opened in 2005, seats 1,250 fans and is highlighted by a vibrant student section that is called the "Scarlet Sea."
Grinnell's state-of-the-art fieldhouse is part of the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center, which was completed in 2010. The venue will serve athletes in multiple sports, most notably indoor track and field (Grinnell has already been awarded hosting rights for the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships) and tennis. The facility serves every level of expertise - varsity competitors, intramural teams, or fitness enthusiasts. The facility features:
- Six-lane 200-meter track with eight-lane straightaway
- State-of-the-art poured synthetic multipurpose surface
- Triple jump, long jump, high jump, and pole vault runways
- Shot put and weight throw areas
- Lynx Timing System with a Daktronics scoreboard
- Seating for more than 400 spectators
- Four competition/recreational tennis courts within the track
- Netting makes tennis play possible without interfering with events on the track
- Two drop-down batting cages for baseball/softball
- Indirect lighting from corners of tennis courts
- Natural lighting from windows on east/west sides
The sand volleyball courts are located on South Campus just east of the railroad tracks.
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Chalkboard (2)
- Computer - Mac/Windows
- Av: Data Projection
- Document Camera
- DVD/CD Player (International)
- Laptop Ready
- Wireless Handheld and Laper Microphones
- Network/Internet Access
- Projection Screen (2)
- Projector - 35mm Slide
- Sound System Interface
- Transparency Overhead Proj
- VCR (International)
- Electrical Outlets (Per Plug) (18)
- Carpet Flooring
- Lectern/Podium - Tabletop
- Lighting - Dimmable, Variable
- Seating - Chair
- Seating - Tiered, Fixed Benches (38) (72 seats)
- Table - Fixed, Rectangular Less than 8-feet (37)
- Windows - Darkening (10)
Ward Field, now an open grassy area near the East Campus residence halls, was the site of the College's football stadium from 1911 to 1974. Ward Field itself was first used in 1893. The Ward Field football stadium was torn down in 1976 and the area was landscaped to provide one large, open area for playing fields. Ward Field also served for a time as the varsity men's soccer field.
The Grinnell College soccer programs opened the 2002 season with new practice and game fields. The competition field is called Springer Field Already one of few Division III schools to have separate fields for the men's and women's programs, Grinnell went one step futher this past year by constructing two new practice fields (one for each program) and a performance game field (to be shared by the men and women). The new field meets maximum NCAA specifications, measuring 120x75, while terraced and berm seating is available for spectators.