Constructed in 1963, the John M. Robsion Jr. Memorial Arena has served as the home for the Bulldog and Lady Bulldog swimming programs since the 1964-65 season. Located in the rear of the building, the pool area seating capacity is 300. The 25-yard pool has five swimming lanes with five starting blocks and holds 155,000 gallons of water. The pool depths goes from four feet at the starting blocks to five feet and then six foot at the middle of the pool before dipping down to 12 feet deep.
In addition, the pool area has locker rooms for both the men's and women's teams and public restrooms.
Besides the pool, Robsion Arena also houses an gymnasium - which is home to the Union College men's and women's basketball teams as well as the volleyball team, an athletic training room, lockerrooms for the the men's basketball, women's basketball,volleyball, cross country and track and field teams as well as classrooms and offices for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department.
Originally, the building was known as the Physical Education Building. The name was changed to the John M. Robsion Jr. Memorial Arena in 1990 to honor one of the school's alums and long-time supporter.
Robsion was a 1919 graduate of the old Union College Academy. Through his professional and political life took him all over the world, Robsion never forgot his roots and ties to Union as he remained a loyal supporter of the school.
Born in 1904, the Barbourville, Ky. native attended and graduated from George Washington University in 1926. He was a congressional secretary from 1919-28, and he was admitted to the bar in 1926 and moved to Louisville in 1928. From 1928-35, Robsion served as chief of the Law Division of the United States Bureau of Prisons. After practicing law in Louisville for nearly seven years, Robsion served in the U.S. Army from 1942-46 and was stationed overseas in Africa, Italy and Austria. Upon his discharge, he held a variety posts in the political world, including three terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Following an unsuccessful run as Kentucky gubernatorial candidate in 1959, Robsion practiced law in Louisville and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. until his death on Feb. 14, 1990.