The Olson Sports and Fitness Forum opened in 1994 as a multi-function athletic complex for student, intramural and varsity use.
The complex has four, side-by-side regulation basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, encircled by a 200-meter competition running track. A batting cage is also available for baseball and softball teams.
A wellness center located on the east balcony provides students with the free use of fitness and cardiovascular exercise equipment, each with individual television monitors. For more specific details on what is offered on the balcony, click here.
The facility honors the vision of Earl and Dorothy Olson of Willmar, Minn., for their landmark $5 million gift to help fund its construction. The Olson Forum is connected to Memorial Auditorium via the Offutt Concourse.
The Olson Forum is set 12-feet below ground level to be in harmony with adjacent campus buildings. It features natural lighting from distinctive rows of arched windows lining the east and west walls above a pedestrian gallery for spectators that overlooks the courts and track.
The connecting Offutt Concourse, named for longtime regent Ronald Offutt of Moorhead, includes classrooms; the Cobber Athletic Hall of Fame gallery; recognition of Concordia Alumni Achievement award winners; a ticket booth; and the stately Birkeland Alumni Lounge, used for meetings, special guest lectures, receptions and news conferences.
Memorial Auditorium is the durable, multifunctional home of Concordia basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams, and the host of exciting high school district and regional basketball tournaments.
Memorial Auditorium fills a vital Fargo-Moorhead community need for indoor arena space while enhancing the image of Concordia College in the region. It has permanent seating for 1,800 and with bleachers, can hold more than 6,000 fans.
Name to honor the veterans of World War II, Memorial Auditorium features two full-sized basketball courts – a parquet-style wood competition floor and a synthetic practice court – and new lower level locker rooms, a weight lifting room, wrestling room, athletic training and laundry facilities.
The Concordia Athletic Department and offices for Cobber varsity coaches are housed in the facility.
Memorial Auditorium was completed in 1952. The first basketball game on Dec. 2, 1952 attracted a crowd of 5,500 who watched the Cobber men defeat former cross-town rivals, the North Dakota State University Bison, 69-59.
Designed with exceptional foresight for anticipating future needs, versatile Memorial Auditorium has been upgraded and renovated several times. It is also the home of the annual Concordia Christmas Concert, which brings thousands of people to campus each December.
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901 8th St. South
Moorhead, MN 56562
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From the Interstates: Located at the intersection of Interstate 94 and Interstate 29, Fargo-Moorhead is an easy drive from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Bismarck, N.D.
From Highway 10: Travelers from the East on Minnesota Highway 10 will approach Concordia's campus from the opposite end.
By Air, Bus or Train: Fargo's Amtrak train station and Greyhound bus station are located downtown, each about two miles from campus.
If you're flying into Fargo, you'll land at Hector Airport in North Fargo, which is served by Northwest Airlines, United Express, Allegiant Air and Delta Connection. The airport is located in North Fargo about 11 miles from campus.
As for getting from the bus station, train depot or airport to Concordia, you might first consider calling a cab. Other options are renting a car or if you're downtown, taking the local bus system, the Metro Area Transit.