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.


The Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program (ORAP), located in the upper level of The Barn, funds and schedules outdoor excursions and activities, including weekend and day trips. In addition, a climbing wall is available to the HWS community during specified hours. ORAP maintains a rental center that offers a modest inventory of equipment for rent. The rental center is open on a part-time basis during the school year and employs students who are knowledgeable about outdoor equipment and experiences.

For more information about this program, please visit the ORAP webpage.


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



Summer Hours

(Beginning May 8)

Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED



Spring Semester 2017

(Pool opens Tuesday, Jan. 17)

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
7-8 p.m.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
7-8 p.m.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
7-8 p.m.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
7-8 p.m.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
7-8 p.m.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • No 7-8 p.m. open swim due to a home swim meet on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
  • The pool will close due to spring break on Thursday, March 9 at 8 p.m. and reopen Monday, March 20 at 11:45 a.m.
  • The pool will close for the summer due to the HWS Summer break Tuesday, May 2 at 8 p.m. HWS Conference and Events Director, Erica Cooney-Connor schedules the pool in the summer.

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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