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Northwest Missouri State University


Facilities & Directions

Facilities & Directions

Lamkin Activity Center/Bearcat Arena
Winter Camps Facility

Bearcat Arena was constructed as Lamkin Gymnasium in 1959, replacing Martindale Gymnasium as the home of Northwest basketball. The facility underwent a $6 million renovation in the 1993-94 academic year with additions to the south and north of the original building. The south side received a new facade that included a fitness center in the basement, an expanded lobby and concourse on the first floor and coaches offices on the second floor. The Student Recreation Center was built onto the north side, featuring three basketball courts, five racquetball courts, a suspended jogging track and weight-lifting equipment.

Weight RoomWeight Room

The weight room is located in the basement of Lamkin Activity Center. With over 3,000 square feet of space available, it allows nearly 750 student-athletes to work out comfortably. The Bearcat Booster Club recently provided over $100,000 for 10 Power Lift Collegiate Half Racks, making the weight room one of the best in Division II.


Bearcat Softball FieldBearcat Softball Field

The Northwest softball program moved from Beal Park to the Bearcat Softball Field in 1996.

The facility has a seating capacity of 250.





Driving Directions

From Kansas City (2 hours; 1.5 hours from the airport)
Go north on Interstate 29 through St. Joseph. Proceed north to Exit 56A to Highway 71. Proceed north 35 miles on Highway 71 to Maryville. Take Business 71 into town; it becomes Main Street. Proceed on Main into the downtown area and turn left onto Fourth Street. Follow the Bearcat Paws to campus. Turn right onto University Drive where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

From Des Moines (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Go south on Interstate 35 for 65 miles to the Leon, Iowa Highway 2, exit #12. Turn right and proceed west on Highway 2 for 60 miles to Bedford, Iowa. Turn left on Iowa Highway148 and proceed south for 20 miles to Maryville. Turn Right on Highway CC, and at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 continue straight on Business 71 and follow it into the downtown area. Turn right on Fourth Street. Follow the Bearcat Paws to campus. Turn right onto University Drive where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

From Omaha-Council Bluffs (2 hours)
Go south on Interstate 29 to Exit 110, Rockport, MO. Turn left onto U.S. Highway 136 (east). Follow U.S.136 to Highway 71. Turn right onto Highway 71 and proceed south to Maryville, 18 miles. Turn right on Icon Road just after the flashing yellow light and proceed south to campus. Turn left onto College Avenue. Turn left onto University Drive where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

From Lincoln (2 hours)
Go east on Highway 2 through Sidney, Iowa for 45 miles to Clarinda, Iowa. Turn right onto Highway 71 and proceed 30 miles to Maryville. Turn right on Icon Road just after the flashing yellow light and proceed south approximately 2 miles to campus. Turn left onto College Avenue. Turn left onto University Drive where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

From St. Louis (5 hours, 30 minutes)
Go west on Interstate 70 to Kansas City. Exit right onto Interstate 435 North (Des Moines). Exit left onto Interstate 29 North through St. Joseph. Proceed north to Exit #56A to U.S. Highway 71. Proceed north 35 miles on U.S. 71 to Maryville. Take Business 71 into town; it becomes Main Street. Proceed on Main into the downtown area and turn left onto Fourth Street. Follow the Bearcat Paws to campus. Turn right onto University Drive where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.




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Our Address

Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Dr.
Maryville, MO 64468