Home to the Wildcat basketball and volleyball teams, Charles Field House, was originally dedicated on Oct. 3, 1981. The $1 million facility was made possible by approximately 1,800 donors. It was named in honor of donor Joseph T. Charles, a C-SC Board of Trustee member and a 1960 graduate. The 24,000 square-foot facility held two basketball courts, which converted to one varsity court and seating for 800, two tennis courts that converted to volleyball or badminton courts or a third basketball floor, and a tenth-of-a-mile running track. A weight room, training room, classroom, office suite, locker rooms and lobby completed the 7,600 square-foot air-conditioned ancillary unit.
In 1989, a 10,000 square-foot annex was added to the west side of the field house. The facility was needed due to a dramatic increase in enrollment, intramural sport participation, and student use of the field house. The annex holds a dance studio, offices, racquetball courts, locker rooms, a weight room and a lounge area.
On May 10, 2003, a tornado destroyed the arena portion of the field house. Fortunately, no one was inside the building when the tornado struck. Although the arena area was destroyed, all offices, the athletic training area, dance studio, weight room and racquetball courts inside the field house remained intact. Plans were made to rebuild the damaged arena area of the field house, and a tentative completion date of December 2003 was set. The new Charles Field House features two regulation sized basketball courts that can convert into four smaller basketball courts and two volleyball courts. Seating capacity is nearly 1,500.
Charles Field House officially re-opened on Jan. 5, 2004, with a basketball doubleheader against William Jewell College. It was re-dedicated on Jan. 22, 2004 during a doubleheader against Baker University.