NMU Rec Sports seeks to create a campus culture where the pursuit of a balanced lifestyle is encouraged and valued by providing a comprehensive program of sports, recreation, leisure activities, educational opportunities and services.
Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF)
More commonly called the PEIF (rhymes with beef), the Physcial Education Instructional Facility opened in 1976. The facility houses the PEIF pool, which is home to the NMU men's and women's swimming and diving teams, and Vandament Arena, where the Wildcat volleyball team plays.
The PEIF also houses a two-level recreation center, renovated in December 1999, complete with a climbing wall, weight room, cardiovascular area, two basketball courts, two lounge areas, and a Wildcat Fit station. Also located in the PEIF are six racquetball courts, a golf simulator, a dance studio and fitness room, athletic training facilities, locker rooms, and classrooms as well as an auxiliary gymnasium that the Wildcat men's and women's basketball teams use for practice. The PEIF pool features eight lanes and a diving tank with one and three meter springboards.
The PEIF offers a variety of services to the community at large, such as swimming lessons, American Red Cross certification courses, youth summer camps, sports camps and birthday parties. For more information on renting areas within the PEIF, call 906-227-2519 or stop by the Recreational Sports main office, PEIF 126.
The Superior Dome has been home to the Wildcat football team since its construction in 1991 and is now also home to the Wildcat soccer team and the Wildcat track teams. The Dome stands 14 stories high and encompasses 5.1 acres under its roof. Constructed of 781 Douglas Fir beams and 108.5 miles of fir decking, the Dome has a permanent seating capacity of 8,000, although the building can hold as many as 16,000 people.
In the "Book of World Records - 2010," the Superior Dome is listed as the fifth-largest dome structure in the world (largest being measure by diameter). The four other structures that rae larger are made of steel, making it the largest wooden dome structure. The facility has a diameter of 536 feet. It has the ability to withstand 60 pounds per square foot of snow and 80 mile per hour winds.
The Dome's features include a retractable artificial turf, the largest of its kind in the world. When extended, the turf has the ability to accommodate football, soccer (120x72 ft. field) and field hockey. Underneath the turf is a synthetic playing surface that features three basketball/volleyball courts, two tennis courts and a 200-meter track. Three concession areas provide service to all events.
Twelve computerized winches extend the turf over a cushion of air. It takes 30 minutes to retract the artificial turf and approximately two hours for full set up to be completed.
The Superior Dome is home to the Wildcat Athletic Department offices for all coaches and staff members other than hockey and basketball. The Dome is also home of the NMU Olympic Training Site offices, as well as special training areas for the NMU-OTS weightlifting and wrestling teams.
For information on renting the Superior Dome, call 906-227-2850.