Multnomah Athletic Club
Located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood, it was founded in 1891, and the club has expanded greatly from its beginnings. It now fills two buildings totaling 550,000 square feet (51,000 m2), making it the largest indoor athletic club in the world. It is colloquially referred to as either "The Multnomah Club," or simply "The MAC." Its emblem is a winged "M". It has approximately 22,000 members and employs 500 staff, according to the club's website.
The club is known for its exclusivity. A lottery for possible membership is only held approximately every four years, and reapplication is required every time. The initiation fee is approximately $5100 for an individual member, and monthly dues thereafter are $154.
Aquatics • Three pools, two with spectator galleries, Athletics • Nine tennis courts • Eight squash courts • Ten handball/racquetball courts • Gymnastics Arena • Three gymnasiums, including a rock climbing gym • Indoor Track • Batting cage • Pilates Studio • Exercise & Conditioning Room with 14,800 sq. ft. of space • Three fitness studios with 9,430 sq. ft. of total space • Four locker rooms with over 6400 lockers, Catering/Dining • Three restaurants • Ten private dining rooms • Grand Ballroom, Social Areas • Reading Lounge • Game Room • Stadium Terrace • Sun Deck • Junior Lounge, Amenities • Concierge • The -M-porium retail shop • Child Care and Playschool • The Salon • Massage • Shoe Shine and Repair,
The club offers a swim team, synchronized swimming, basketball, cycling, dance, decathlon, golf, gymnastics, handball, karate, Pilates, personal training, racquetball, skiing, squash, soccer, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, hiking, and yoga. The clubhouse is also host to a variety of local, regional, and national sporting competitions throughout the year, and has been a venue for international championships on more than one occasion.
The club's primary facility is an eight-level main clubhouse located adjacent to Providence Park, a multipurpose stadium located on land formerly owned by the club, directly behind the park's south end bleachers. Covered parking for more than 600 autos is provided across the street in the club's garage.
- Nancy Merki, who set the 1500-meter freestyle AAU swimming record in 1941 as a 14-year-old and made the 1948 US summer Olympic team
- Rick Sanders, Olympic silver medalist in wrestling in 1968 and 1972
- "Oregon Sports Hall of Fame: Multnomah Athletic Club - Special Contributions".
- "Rogue of the Week: Multnomah Athletic Club". Willamette Week. January 17, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
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- Multnomah Athletic Club (official website)
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