The Manhattanville College Department of Athletics announced the grand opening of its brand new indoor bubble. This facility puts Manhattanville in a premier echelon with other top Division III athletics programs around the country, as Valiant student-athletes will now have access to an indoor facility throughout the winter months.
Manhattanville hosted a grand opening ceremony for “The Bubble” on December 5, 2018.
Built to give the Valiant community an additional place to train and play during the winter months, the new indoor facility is covered by a 90,000-square-foot air-supported inflatable bubble. It will feature large turf training surfaces, allowing for outdoor varsity sports to practice regardless of weather. There will be fitness training areas for a wide variety of strength and conditioning programs, complementing the existing weight room. There will also be portable basketball and volleyball courts.
“Our number one goal here at Manhattanville Athletics is to ensure a first-rate experience for the entire Manhattanville community — students, staff, athletes, and faculty,” said Manhattanville College Director of Athletics Ed Manetta. “Having such a premier facility vaults Valiant Athletics into a tier very few other Division III institutions can say they have reached. Additionally, the dome will strengthen our intramural sports program, enhancing the athletic experience for our entire student body.”
Not only will The Bubble significantly benefit the Valiants’ winter and spring varsity programs — by greatly expanding the available times these student-athletes have to practice — but non-varsity athletes will also reap the benefits of having a new state-of-art bubble facility on campus.
“Beginning in the spring of 2018, Manhattanville introduced a diverse intramurals program for our student body,” added Manetta. “Since then, participation has grown exponentially and with The Bubble now completed, we anticipate increased participation by offering new programs during the winter months. The Valiant community will now also be able to compete in indoor soccer and basketball leagues.”