Multnomah Athletic Club

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Gymnastics at the Multnomah club

The Multnomah Athletic Club is a private social and athletic club in Portland, Oregon, United States.

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 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2), making it the largest indoor athletic club in the world.[1] 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 nearly 600 staff, according to the club's website.

The club is known for its exclusivity.[2] A lottery for possible membership is held approximately every four years, and reapplication is required every time. The initiation fee is approximately $5500 for an individual member, and monthly dues thereafter are $179.


Entrance to the main facility


  • Three swimming pools, two with spectator galleries,


  • Nine tennis courts
  • Eight squash courts
  • Ten racquetball/handball courts
  • Gymnastics arena
  • Three gymnasiums, including a rock climbing gym
  • Indoor track
  • Batting cage
  • Pilates studio
  • Exercise and conditioning room with 14,800 square feet (1,370 m2) of space
  • Three fitness studios with 9,430 square feet (876 m2) total space
  • Four locker rooms with over 6400 lockers


  • Three restaurants
  • Ten private dining rooms
  • Grand ballroom

Social areas

  • Reading lounge
  • Game room
  • Stadium terrace
  • Sun deck
  • Junior lounge


  • Concierge
  • The -M-porium retail shop
  • Child care and playschool
  • 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, 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.

Notable members[edit]

Walter Hummel, wearing the emblem of the MAC
  • Herbert Kerrigan, Olympic bronze medalist in the high jump in 1906
  • Alfred Carlton Gilbert, Olympic gold medalist in the pole vault in 1912 and inventor of the Erector Set
  • Sam Bellah, 1911 and 1915 United States pole vault champion
  • Martin Hawkins, Olympic bronze medalist in the 110m hurdles in 1912
  • Walter Hummel, 1916 United States champion in the 440 yd hurdles
  • Thelma Payne, Olympic bronze medalist in the three meter springboard in 1920
  • Louis Balbach, Olympic bronze medalist in the three meter springboard in 1920
  • Robin Reed, Olympic gold medalist, featherweight wrestling in 1924
  • Chester Newton, Olympic silver medalist, featherweight wrestling in 1924
  • Russel Vis, Olympic gold medalist, lightweight wrestling in 1924
  • 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
  • Carrie Steinseifer, Olympic gold medalist in swimming in the 100 meter freestyle and 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay in 1984


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Coordinates: 45°31′14″N 122°41′34″W / 45.5206°N 122.6927°W / 45.5206; -122.6927