Multi-Purpose Area In The Cadet Field House
The Cadet Field House is considered one of the top athletic facilities in the country. This multi-purpose facility, built in 1968, houses the indoor track, basketball arena, and ice hockey rink for intercollegiate sports. The indoor track area seats 1,000 for home track meets.
The track is a full-pour polyurethane surface (resurfaced in 1995 by Martin Surfacing), 268m (6 laps/mile), with eight lanes on the straightaway and six lanes on the oval. Inside the oval is a FieldTurf surface that includes polyurethane runways for the pole vault, horizontal and high jumps, along with a throwing cage. For track meets, the field house is equipped with a full-size Daktronics track scoreboard and message center along with event-specific AAE field event scoreboards, and a FinishLynx computerized timing system.
The instrumentation and method used for measuring the throws were developed and used by Leica for the 1996 Olympic Games. The highly accurate survey instrument electronically measures the distance from the ring to the marked position of the throw. The instrument measures to the exact millimeter, but rounds the distance to the next lower centimeter. The instrument records the measurement along with the coordinates of the marked position and the time of the throw, and sends the result by radio to the judges.
In July 1997, the Air Force Academy's Class of 1976 commissioned regional artist Michael Esch to paint an eight panel canvas representing the life of an Air Force Academy cadet over four years. Each canvas is a 40 foot by 40 foot panel, painted in acrylic enamel that portrays the realism of Academy life since 1976. The panels hang on the north wall of the Cadet Field House indoor track and are a gift to the Academy's Athletic Department.