Home to Columbia's men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball teams, the Francis S. Levien Gymnasium opened at the start of the 1974 season. With a capacity of 2,500, Levien Gym is one of the larger facilities in the league.
In the summer of 2006, a brand new state of the art playing surface was laid down at Levien Gym with refreshed coloring and updated marks. Prior to the 2008-09 season, Levien was further upgraded with brand-new sideline panels, promoting Columbia Athletics' corporate sponsors.
Levien Gym has drawn some of the largest crowds in the building's history in recent years. In January 2010, consecutive standing-room only, sellout crowds saw the men's basketball squad square off with Ivy League rivals Cornell and Harvard. On November 22, 2013, 2,103 fans packed Levien to watch the Columbia women's basketball team take on Cal State Fullerton. It was the largest crowd ever to watch a Columbia women's basketball game.
The Columbia landmark also hosted a piece of history in January 2010, when the Columbia men defeated American, 56-51, for its 200th win all-time on its home court. The Lions have posted seven straight winning seasons at home, dating back to the 2005-06 campaign.
Levien Gym is part of the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center.
Getting to the game:
Levien Gymnasium is located inside the Dodge Physical Fitness Center on the Columbia campus on Morningside Heights in Manhattan. The main entrance to campus is through the gates on 116th Street; enter here and proceed through campus in the uptown direction.
For men's basketball contests, Levien Gymnasium can be entered through the Northwest Corner Building on 120th Street, just east of Broadway. Because of the proximity of this entrance to the basketball court, access through these doors is temporarily halted during game play beginning at tip-off. Once the game begins, guests may enter through these doors only during official timeouts and halftime. The box office for men's basketball is located on 120th Street, just east of Broadway.
The gym can also be accessed through the Dodge Fitness Center from campus level for men's basketball contests. This entrance is open throughout the game.
For women's basketball contests, Levien Gymnasium can only be entered through the Dodge Fitness Center from campus level. Ticket sales and will call pickup are located inside the Dodge Fitness Center on the 2nd and 4th floors, respectively.
Parking is available on local streets and in private garages on West 120th Street between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive, on West 122nd Street just east of Broadway, and on West 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
Drivers should note that in New York City right turns at red lights are illegal unless traffic signs state otherwise.
BY CAR FROM THE NORTH
Take the New York Thruway (I-87) or the New England Thruway (I-95) south to the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south (the last exit before the bridge). Exit the Parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive and follow the directions "From Riverside Drive and 95th Street," below.
BY CAR FROM SOUTH OR WEST
Take the New Jersey Turnpike north or I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge. As you cross the bridge, take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south. Exit the Parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive and follow the directions "From Riverside Drive and 95th Street," below.
BY CAR FROM LONG ISLAND
Take the Long Island Expressway or the Grand Central Parkway west to the Cross Island Parkway north. Cross the Throgs Neck Bridge onto the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95 south) and proceed as in "By Car from the North," above.
BY CAR FROM THE NEW YORK AIRPORTS
From LaGuardia: Take the Grand Central Parkway west to the Triborough Bridge, to Manhattan. Follow 125th Street across Manhattan 12 blocks to Broadway, which is under an elevated subway structure. Turn left onto Broadway and go south to 116th Street.
From Kennedy: Take the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) to the Whitestone Bridge and across. Get onto I-95 south and follow the directions under "By Car from the North," above.
From Newark: Follow directions under "By Car from the South or West," above.
FROM RIVERSIDE DRIVE AND WEST 95TH STREET
Go north on Riverside Drive to 116th Street. Turn right and go two blocks to Broadway and the University's main gate. Please note that the main gate is not open to traffic.
BY TRAIN OR BUS
Trains to New York arrive at Grand Central Station or Pennsylvania Station, while buses stop at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Visitors arriving at these stations can take either public transportation or a taxi north to the campus.
BY NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Five bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60, M104) and one subway line (the #1 local) serve the Columbia neighborhood. The M60 bus is a direct link between campus and LaGuardia Airport. The Columbia stop is 116th Street. Do not use express trains #2 and #3, which follow a different route and do not stop at Columbia University; if you do, be certain to transfer at 96th Street to the #1 local.
The maps page on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Web site has PDF versions of all Subway and Bus maps.
For visitors coming into LaGuardia, Kennedy, or Newark airports, taxi service is available to the campus (about $25 from LaGuardia; from Kennedy a flat rate of $45 plus tolls), and there is bus service to Grand Central Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Bus service directly from LaGuardia airport to Columbia, the M60 city bus, is also available.The Columbia campus on Morningside Heights is located at Broadway and 116th Street in Manhattan. Drivers should note that in New York City right turns at red lights are illegal unless traffic signs state otherwise.