Willamette University is located in the heart of downtown Salem and one block away from the Oregon State Capitol Building. Founded in 1842, it is the oldest university in the western United States. The Sparks Athletic Center houses two gyms including the Cone Field House, swimming pool, two locker rooms, a newly renovated fitness center, and a spacious training room. McCulloch Stadium is home to the football team and track and field teams for Willamette. Right behind the stadium, Bush Park is the site of many cross-country meets. Tennis courts are also available right on campus. Various award-winning restaurants and coffee shops are a short walk away. Downtown Salem contains dozens of fun activities and attractions, including three movie theaters and two shopping malls. Willamette has dorm rooms available and there are also several hotels within 3 miles of the school.