The Matchbox, Swarthmore’s newest building, provides 21,000 square feet of space to support wellness, fitness, and theater programming at Swarthmore. Featuring ultramodern equipment, as well as areas for free weights and cardio training, The Matchbox will support Garnet athletics by providing appropriate space for sport-specific training. With a spacious multistory layout and additional user-friendly equipment, the center will be a boon to the College’s blossoming wellness program, providing the necessary room and accessories for popular wellness initiatives such as yoga and Pilates. It will also provide much-needed additional space to support the College’s theater program. In addition to classes, The Matchbox will be able to accommodate small-scale performances, including staged readings and playwriting thesis projects.
Beyond fitness, wellness, and theater, the new facility’s multipurpose space will make The Matchbox a popular choice for lectures, meetings, student forums, and other group gatherings, thus addressing the goal of flexibility outlined in the College’s strategic plan. Its opening reflects the College's commitment to not only the wellness of its community but environmental sustainability.