Welcome to the ARC

The ARC — at a sparkling 340,000 square feet — is one of the country’s largest on-campus recreation centers.

ARC Amenities

Courtside Cafe

Location

Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Winter Garden

Accepting Cafe Credits, Illini Cash, & Credit Cards!

Hours
  • Mon-Thurs: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Fri-Sun: 10 am – 8 pm

ARC Facility Layout

ARC Map Entrance Numbers

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Campus Rec Facilities Map

Fall 2018 Campus Recreation Facilities Map

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ARC Fitness Equipment

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Specifications & Facts

The original building opened in 1971. The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) opened in August 2008 as one of the largest on-campus recreation facilities in the country.

Construction Start: March 17, 2006 

Opened: August 2008

Project Size: 340,000 gross square feet (gsf) 

Dry Side: 276,000 gsf 

Wet Side: 64,000 gsf 

Project Cost: $54 million 

Access: Current students, members, guests 

Wi-Fi: Wireless internet access throughout 

Accessibility: Fully accessible

Features and Areas

Gymnasium 1 (35,780 sq ft)
  • 5 basketball or 7 volleyball courts
  • 1 MAC Gym
  • Day lockers

Gymnasium 2 (14,859 sq ft)

  • 2 basketball (94’x50’) or 3 volleyball courts
  • 2 scoreboards
  • Day lockers

Gymnasium 3 (15,012 sq ft)

  • 2 basketball (94’x50’) or 3 volleyball courts
  • 2 scoreboards
  • Day lockers

Gymnasium 4 (19,219 sq ft)

  • 3 basketball or volleyball courts
  • 3 scoreboards
  • Day lockers

Locker Rooms

  • Men’s locker room (8,910 sq ft)
  • Women’s locker room (8,910 sq ft)
  • Varsity swimming locker room (1,175 sq ft)

Family Changing Room (424 sq ft)

  • 2 changing/shower stalls
  • 8 day-use lockers

Instructional Kitchen (616 sf)

  • Two-convection ovens
  • Glass top stove
  • Classroom setup allows for viewing of the cooktop

Walking/Jogging Track

  • 5 laps per mile
  • 3 lanes (each lane 3.3’ wide)
  • Mondo surface

Strength and Conditioning Areas (34,000 sq ft)

  • Free weights with rubber floor
  • Cardio/selectorized equipment with carpet
  • Control desk
  • Day lockers

Pools:

Indoor Pool (22,907 sq ft; 50M x 25yds)

  • Water Temperature: 79-81 degrees
  • Diving well
  • Sauna
  • Wet Meeting Room
  • Safety Lifeguard Center
  • Lap swimming, club activities, varsity women’s swimming/diving

Outdoor Pool (36,058 sq ft; 50M; 4 lanes)

  • Water Temperature: 79-81 degrees
  • Diving well
  • Sun deck
  • Lounge area
  • Swim lanes
  • Safety Lifeguard Center

Racquetball/Squash Courts

  • 12 racquetball courts – 4 w/glass back walls (9,600 sq ft)
  • 3 squash courts (1,920 sq ft)
  • Day lockers

Multi-Purpose Rooms

  • Multi-Purpose Room 1 (2,740 sq ft)
  • Multi-Purpose Room 2 (2,651 sq ft)
  • Multi-Purpose Room 3 (696 sq ft)
  • Multi-Purpose Room 4 (1,869 sq ft)
  • Multi-Purpose Room 5 (1,867 sq ft)
  • Multi-Purpose Room 6 and 6A (6,180 sq ft)
  • Multi-Purpose Room 7 and 7A (3,960 sq ft)
  • Combat Room (2,391 sq ft)
  • Storage closets
  • Day cubbies

Member Services Area

  • Equipment checkout
  • Laundry
  • 3 Individual staff offices

Winter Garden Entrance (9,314 sq ft)

  • 3 LCD flat-screen televisions
  • Study/group work tables
  • E-mail stations
  • ATM
  • Couches

Specialty Areas

  • Student Organizations Room (1,391 sq ft)
  • “Clements” Auditorium – 150-person capacity (2,608 sq ft)
  • Group Cycling Room (1,049 sq ft)
  • Instructional Kitchen (616 sq ft)
  • Personal Training Room (960 sq ft)
  • Climbing Wall (34 ft high)
  • UI Wellness Center (3,290 sq ft)
  • Meeting Room (236 sq ft)
  • Meeting Room (354 sq ft)
  • Meeting Room (682 sq ft)
  • Courtside Café
  • BodyWork Associates

Administrative Offices (5,413 sq ft)

  • 21 Individual staff offices
  • Conference Room 1 (345 sq ft)
  • Conference Room 2 (692 sq ft)
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