Watching a Rowing Race at Navy
There is no shuttle bus service available either prior to or after the conclusion of home rowing races. To access the USNA grounds for a race, fans must park outside of the USNA gates and walk through Gate 8, which is located at the stoplight found along Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. (Rt. 450) east of the stoplight at King George Street and west of the bridge that crosses over the Severn River. Proceed through the gate to Hubbard Hall for information on the course that will be used for the day's race.
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- vehicle and pedestrian access information,
- shuttle bus availability,
- ticket information,
- team schedules, plus
- maps and directions to Annapolis and the USNA.
Located on Dorsey Creek just a few hundred yards from the Severn River, construction of "The Boathouse" was completed in 1930 and was designed to accommodate Navy's lone men's rowing team of 40 members. Since then, however, an additional two teams have been added to the program and the number of athletes competing has increased five-fold to its present day 200 rowers. The exterior of the building includes a large concrete apron facing the water and three 85-foot double-access docks for launch and recovery of the shells.
The three-story building has undergone several remodeling efforts over the years, most recently in 1993 thanks to funding provided by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. The planned renovation project will only enhance the state-of-the-art Fisher Rowing Center as one of the finest collegiate rowing facilities in the country.
Current features of the building include ...
- bays and storage racks for 28 eight-oared shells, plus eight four-oared and five pairs boats,
- a machine and wood shop where Navy's full-time boatman works to keep the shells in racing form,
- a 3,500-square foot weight room,
- a 10-person rowing tank,
- an exercise and training room with 30 ergometers,
- a third-floor teaching classroom with video equipment,
- the King Room, a paneled 1,600-square foot lounge,
- and a dining facility which includes access to a balcony overlooking the wharf area.
2009-11 Hubbard Hall Renovation
In November 2009, Hubbard Hall started a total and complete renovation along with repairs and expansion of the existing wharf and floating docks. The approximately $18 million government project modernized Hubbard to compete with the best boathouses and athletic facilities in the country.
The centerpiece of the project was the state-of-the art tank facility, which accommodates 16-20 athletes rowing at speeds close to six meters/second, enabling the oarsmen to receive better sport-specific training during the winter months.
Peterson architects and Stillwater engineering teamed up to become the leader in tank design and studied all the best tanks of the past and improved the technique of tank construction. No other company has designed or built more rowing tanks than Peterson/Stillwater.
The new tank was installed on the west side of the boathouse, while the old tank was deconstructed to make room for a small-boat bay and full workshop for shell repair. The remainder of the boathouse was reconfigured to create three ergometer areas, larger men's and women's locker rooms, a new video/team meeting room, industrial laundry facility, while keeping a refurbished N-Room in tact.
The "apron" and docks were restored and expanded to launch eight boats at a time. The reconfiguration allows boats to land, be cleaned and stored quicker and more efficiently. The boathouse was modernized to include video and audio equipment installed in the tank and erg rooms; new spacious locker and shower areas have been designed specifically for the teams needs; and grand trophy cases with a championship picture wall in the N-Room display the rich and storied tradition that is Navy rowing.
Hubbard Hall Renovation Information
- Original plans started in September 2005
- Construction started in October 2009
- Completion date: February 2012
- Approximate Cost: $18 Million
- Contractor: Forrester Construction Company, Rockville, MD
- Architect: Muse Architects PC, Bethesda, MD
- Complete Renovation:
- Renovate and expand shell storage area
- Create larger locker rooms and training areas
- Install state-of-the-art indoor rowing tank
- New video room and industrial laundry facility
- New workshop for rowing shell repair
- Repair and expand existing wharf and floating docks
- Install geo-thermal heating and cooling system