Outdoor Facilities

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The Outdoor Facilities Program is located on the east side of campus in the newly renovated Southeast Recreation Complex. Our outdoor facilities offer students the opportunity to get outside to enjoy the fresh air while staying physically and socially active with friends and classmates. Thanks to new lighting, activities can continue even after the sun goes down.

Outdoor Facilities Overview

Maple-Willow-Larch Fields

Lied Recreational Fields

Southeast (SE) Recreation Complex

Southwest (SW) Recreation Complex

Disc Golf Course

Six softball fields

Eight sand volleyball courts

A dozen soccer and football fields

Approximately 650 parking spaces

Maple-Willow-Larch Fields

These fields are home to many intramural activities such as flag football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and much more. The fields are located within walking distance from the heart of campus and include 17 acres of grass – perfect for any outdoor sport.

Lied Recreational Fields

Lied Recreational fields are located east of Willow residence hall. Due to the central location and number of fields, this area is one of the most popular. Intramural flag football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and many other intramural sports are held here.

Southeast (SE) Recreation Complex

The Southeast Complex features 53 acres of fields, six sand volleyball courts, 12 softball fields, 12 soccer fields, and a dozen ultimate frisbee fields. The complex is located east of Jack Trice Stadium. The complex also includes plenty of parking space for athletes and spectators.

Southwest (SW) Recreation Complex

The Southwest Athletic Complex is home to the Iowa State Cyclone softball team – the majority of their practices and games are held here. The complex features batting cages and a field with a seating capacity of 509.

Disc Golf Course

The Disc Golf Course is located on the north side of campus near Frederiksen Court. The course includes 18 holes and is home to the Iowa State Disc Golf Club, where they compete recreationally and competitively.

Click here to join the club.


Parking varies per field.


All users, omitting guests, must present a valid ISU Card encrypted with the current version number in order to utilize outdoor fields and courts. See Membership for detailed information on who can use the facility and the cost for memberships and passes. Guests must show a current photo ID to enter.

Equipment Checkout

Recreation equipment for daily use may be checked out at both Lied and Forker service desks by presenting a valid ISU Card encrypted with the current version number. Volleyballs, soccer balls, footballs, golf discs, and other equipment are available for checkout.

Facility Reservations

Space is available to reserve for tournaments, student groups, and special programs. A Facility Request Form form must be submitted two weeks prior to the event.

Click here for a schedule of facility reservations


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