Conference Services - Athletics and Outdoors

Athletics and Outdoors

North Manchester Campus

Campus Mall

The campus mall (pictured above) offers a large, beautifully landscaped grassy area perfect for outdoor weddings, games and contests, frisbee tournaments and more.

Muir Peace Garden

Often incorporated by guests into their events, this garden was designed as a place where individuals could step away from the often hectic pace of their lives, spend some time in quiet reflection in a beautiful natural setting, and return to their work renewed and rejuvenated. It is also ideal for smaller, outdoor weddings.

Athletic Fields

The Manchester University campus features several arenas for outdoor sports and recreational events with sound systems, including:

PERC (Physical Exercise & Recreation Center)

No matter what kind of camp or conference you're involved with, Manchester University's PERC serves as an ideal facility for a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation and event activities:

  • Main Arena - Flexible, multi-purpose setup options include:
  • Auxiliary Gym - Air-conditioned, flexible, multi-purpose setup options include:
    • Seating for up to 800 persons or 500 at tables for banquets
    • Main basketball court
    • Two practice courts
    • Six shooting positions
    • Two volleyball courts
    • Wrestling mats
    • Gymnastics
  • Brown Fitness Center - Nautilus equipment, treadmills, stairmasters, stationery bicycles, free weights, etc.

Koinonia Environmental and Retreat Center

Owned and operated by Manchester University, Koinonia is located approximately 12 miles north of North Manchester or just south of Pierceton in Kosciusko County, Indiana. The retreat facility is a beautifully picturesque setting that is ideal for group retreats, outings, reunions, workshops, nature education and meetings. Visit the Koinonia website

Other facilities nearby (North Manchester campus):

  • Sycamore Golf Course is only a few minutes away with several other fine golf courses within a half hour drive of the campus.

  • Swimming is a popular recreational activity with many summer camps. The North Manchester Parks Department operates a fine Olympic size indoor pool just four blocks from campus. The Strauss Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center is available to rent for private parties at reasonable rates and includes Red Cross certified life guards. Conference Services will make all the arrangements for you.

  • Also only four blocks away, and across from the pool, North Manchester Parks and Recreation offers a variety of outdoor fun on the 10-acre Warvel Park, containing 2 picnic shelters, picnic areas with tables and grills, a natural amphitheatre, gazebo, excellent playground equipment, skateboard park, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and the scout hall with kitchen and dining area. A 2-acre addition is being developed as a nature preserve with trails and tree and plant identification.

Meet at ManchesterAll of these facilities can be arranged through Conference Services. 

Event and Facility Inquiries:

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Petersime Chapel and Grounds
Campus Mall
Muir Peace Garden
Muir Peace Garden
Baseball Field
Athletic Fields
Koinonia Environmental & Retreat Center