Gettysburg College Bullets Pool – Gettysburg Bullets

by | Jan 27, 2019 | Richard Smith, Swimming

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An Address In Gettysburg

Gettysburg College is a private, four-year liberal arts college founded in 1832. From its founding until 1921 it was known as Pennsylvania College.

Author Jerry Spinelli, Carson Kressley from Bravo TVs Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul are graduates of the college.

The area is more known for the July 1st through 3rd 1863 military engagements, as well as Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The area is very busy nearly all times of the year as tourists flock to the battlefields, as well as the commercial endeavors that surround the area.

Sports teams at the college are known as the Bullets and there are 24 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s teams. Although the mascot for Gettysburg College is the Bullet, there is no official Bullet mascot at sporting events. The Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse team won the Division III National Championship in 2011. The Bullets play in the Centennial Conference.

Swimming has been very successful at Gettysburg. Between the men’s and women’s teams they have won conference championships nearly 30 times since 1990.

Bullets Pool opened during the 2009-10 season, with the first meet taking place against Washington & Lee University on Jan. 16, 2010. The 75′ x 120′ pool has eight competition lanes and five warm up lanes within its 30,000-square-foot natatorium.

Food & Beverage 3

There is a nice little campus food option located between the gym and Bullets Pool called The Dive. Prices are good and the food all looks great. The best option is a fresh and delicious yogurt parfait.

Atmosphere 4

I was blown away by the exciting atmosphere within Bullets Pool. The college has been very successful with their swimming program and the fans come out to the meets in pretty large numbers. The 375 seat capacity was pretty filled for a meet involving only one other team. Many were family members but you could tell a good number were also consistent supporters of the program.

The actual seating area is located high above the pool area. This allows for great visibility to the whole natatorium. The stands themselves are simple bench seats, which could get pretty tough on one’s back during long matches.

The pool scoreboard has an 8-lane readout that allows for easy viewing of the current meet standings.

Neighborhood 5

Gettysburg is a great small town. There is almost always traffic in the town as tourists flock to the area all of the year. In summer months it can be almost unbearable to drive through the area, so make note of that.

Because so many people travel in the area expect to see numerous food options. But not all of them are good so make sure to check reviews so that you do not waste time in tourist dumps.

My favorite restaurant choices are Hunt’s Battlefield Fries, Tommy’s Pizza and The Garryowen Irish Pub. The fresh cut fries at Hunt’s is a must.

A couple of home-style options are Hoss’s Steaks and the Lincoln Diner. You can’t go wrong with their simple, but tasty offerings.

There is also a very good outlet mall right outside of town called The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. With no taxes on clothing in Pennsylvania it is a popular attraction on its own.

Fans 4

The fans show up in pretty good numbers. They are not just family members, as the shirts and sweatshirts show that many have been supporting the program for quite a while.

Access 3

Gettysburg is close to many things. Washington, DC is 75 miles away and Baltimore is 55 miles away. The main east-west road through Gettysburg is U.S. Route 30, and U.S. Route 15 runs south towards Frederick, MD and Washington DC, as well as north to Harrisburg, PA.

The only real problem is the traffic in the area. The college is located in a small neighborhood north of downtown and it won’t be very hard to get to the college, but expect to venture on many small roads to get there. Parking is usually pretty OK, but the larger the event more likely that parking will be at a premium. You can always park downtown and walk to campus.

Return on Investment 5

Swim meets are free. Parking is also free, unless you have to park downtown. Either way the value and return on investment is very good here at Gettysburg College.

Extras 5

There is a nice veteran’s memorial just outside of Musselman Stadium. Stop in and think of those who gave all to this nation before seeing a game here. It will be well worth the visit.

The architecture of the college is worth noting. Make sure to wander around and see the marvelous buildings on campus. The John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness is a pretty spectacular architectural building with its unique glass tower. There is a nice hall of fame and historical exhibits of the Gettysburg College athletic program located here.

The Gettysburg Battlefield and all that surrounds it is worth a couple stars in itself. Yes it is a tourist attraction, but one must stop in and see. There is a multitude of historical markings, statues and attractions in the area.

Besides being on hand upon this stadium’s opening, Dwight D. Eisenhower is a popular name on the campus and the region. He retired to his working farm adjacent to the local battlefield. The Eisenhower Institute is also a part of the college and develops and sponsors civic discourse on significant issues of domestic and international public policy.

Final Thoughts

Even if you are not a huge swimming fan, Bullets Pool is the place to see a high quality Division III program in action. The sport is taken serious here and the environment is very good for spectators.


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Food and Drink Recommendations

Hunt’s Battlefield Fries

61 Steinwehr Ave

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-4787

Garryowen Irish Pub

26 Chambersburg St

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 337-2719

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Entertainment Recommendations

Eisenhower National Historic Site

243 Eisenhower Farm Rd

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-1124

Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg, PA 17325


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Hampton Inn Gettysburg

1280 York Rd

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 338-9121

Wyndham Gettysburg

95 Presidential Cir

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 339-0020

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Stadium Info

Gettysburg College Bullets Pool
31 W Lincoln Ave
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Gettysburg Bullets website

Gettysburg College Bullets Pool website


Year Opened: 2010

Capacity: 375

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