Miles Community College Athletic Facilities
Centra Athletic Center/Kailey Gymnasium - The Centra Athletic Center is the home of the Pioneers Basketball teams and the baseball team for winter conditioning. Kailey Gymnasium, named after former MCC president Vern Kailey, is a 10,000 square foot gymnasium with a 94' college floor and two 84' side courts. The bleachers hold 837 fans for basketball games. As you can see in the picture, it also promotes our corporate sponsors that support the Pioneers with the signs hanging on the wall.
The Centra Athletic Center serves several purposes for Miles Community College and the city of Miles City. The Centra has almost a ton and a half of plates to use on any of the several free weight appartuses and nearly two tons of dumbbells. Besides the free weights, there is also circuit training available through a varity of machines. The Centra is Eastern Montana's premier fitness center. The summer of 2010, the Centra went through and replaced all of our free weight benches and continue to plan on upgrading the equipment on an annual basis. Not only does the Centra house a weight room facility, but also features three racquetball courts, an area for cardio equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, and stair-steppers), as well as an area for fitness classes in which we offer, Yoga, Cycling + Yoga, Power Cycling, Pilates, Aerobics, Boot Camp, and Tae Kwon Do.
The Strength Center turned a racquetball court into an area featuring Hammer Strength for our athletes and at an additional cost to our members. The equipment was donated by Randy Holland, National Strength & Conditioning Specialist certified and a Physician's Assistant - Certified at Holy Rosary Hospital. Hammer Strength is an industry leader in the strength and conditioning realm. Their machines feature the combined research of Hammer Strength and Life Fitness and has drawn upon more than 20 years of industry insight and biomechanical expertise when designing the equipment.
Denton Field - Denton Field has been the home of the Pioneer Baseball team's spring schedule since the inception of the sport. The Pioneers are one of three organizations that use the old stadium. In the fall, Custer County District High School plays their football games on it and after the Pioneers get done with it, the Miles City Youth Baseball Association uses the facility for their American Legion baseball programs.
With the field having a multi-use to it, the Pioneers play on one of the deepest center fields in the area. Center field is 438' with left being 312' and right at 321'.
The construction of Denton Field (as we know it today, since 1966), was first started in the fall of 1939 and finished in the spring of 1940. The work was done by the WPA (Works Projects Administration), a program to relieve unemployment in the era. When completed, it was called League Park (later known as City Ball Park), with a covered grandstand and open concrete bleachers along the 3rd base line, with the wall faced with sandstone and two arched gates. The original plan didn't have poles with lights or a fence around the outfield, also any restrooms. In 1940, Miles City was selected to hose the Northwest Regional American Legion Tourney in the new ball park, but only if an outfield fence was installed. The City Officials and members of the American Legion Post #5 raised funds to get this project (wood fence) done by August in time for the tourney.
Lights were installed in 1941, for Miles City to host the Western Sectional American Legion tourney. In 1943, Miles City was selected to host the American Legion World Series, primarily because of the wars and to keep the tournament out of a large city, especially if that city was in a congested war area. Miles City is the smallest city to ever be awarded the tournament since 1926.
Denton Field received its name from American Legion Coach Doug Denton for his prominance in baseball and other Miles City athletic circles in 1966. His teams won six state titles and runner-up seven times from 1936-1950. (Information courtesy of the Miles City Youth Baseball Association website).
The Miles Community College golf team practices out at Miles City's Town and Country Club. The golf course is a nine-hole course set up with an 18-hole tee boxes. The T&C Club is a semi-private golf, social, and dining facility in Miles City. The course, lounge, and restaurant are open to the public as well as memberships are available for both golf and social events.
The course is laid out among trees, bunkers, and even some water among the nine holes. Each hole has multiple tee boxes that are configured for different yardages for men and women.
Men = In (3272 yards) + Out (3318 yards) = 6590 yards (par 72)
Women = In (2516 yards) + Out (2941 yards) = 5457 yards (par 73)
For more information about the Town and Country Club, visit their website.
The Miles Community College rodeo team has it's own practice facilities on the west side of town. The arena features new sheds for horses and livestock. A brand new watering system was installed to help reduce the amount of labor to water the animals.
The arena's surface was leveled during the summer of 2009 to give our athletes a level ground to prevent injury to both themselves and the livestock.
Fundraising is currently underway for an indoor arena for year-round practice for MCC's rodeo team and equine program. For more information on the project, visit the official site of the project.
|The Miles Community College Stampede is held at the rodeo grounds complex at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds right across the street from MCC's rodeo arena. The Pioneers host their annual stampede the last weekend of September every year as they compete in the Big Sky Region.|