Carver Center for Physical Education
Spring term open pool hours
Monday-Wednesday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 8-9 p.m.
Weight room hours
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Roy J. Carver Center for Physical Education is is used for intercollegiate basketball, volleyball, wrestling and swimming, as well as for most of Augustana's physical education classes. The field house holds 1,900 fans and the pool area seats approximately 800 fans. Named after Roy J. Carver, whose generous gift made its completion possible, the center also houses the physical education faculty, coaches and athletic directors offices.
Ever since the Carver Center opened in 1971, the Vikings men's basketball team has had incredible success in the building. Viking losses have been few and far between as they are 379-95 for a winning percentage of .800. In the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, Augustana is 218-62 for a winning percentage of .779.
The Carver Center seating was reduced to 1,900 from 3,200 in summer of 2008, when it was renovated with new bleachers and chair-back seating on the north side of the gym. The old scoreboards were also replaced with a center-hung scoreboard. In the summer of 1991 the original caramel colored tartan was pulled up and a brand new wooden floor was installed. That wooden floor was resurfaced in the summer of 2000. The Vikings played their first game in the building on December 1, 1971 and beat St. Ambrose by a score of 83-75 behind 23 points by Chuck Menzer.
During the first 11 years of the building's existence, the Augustana record was unbelievable. From the 1971-72 season until the 1981-82 campaign, the Vikings were 136-12 for a winning percentage of .919.