Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

Facility Updates

COVID-19

Masks are not required inside the ARC and proof of building access is no longer required in order to gain entry. For more information, visit the university COVID-19 website.

Welcome to the ARC

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


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

Entrance Level

Member Services Area

  • Equipment checkout
  • Laundry
  • 3 staff offices
  • 8 automatic turnstiles
  • Central desk and counter

Winter Garden Entrance/Lobby (9,314 sq ft)

  • 3 LCD flat-screen televisions
  • ATM
  • Couches

Gyms and Courts

Gym 1 (35,780 sq ft)

  • 5 basketball or 7 volleyball courts
  • 1 MAC Gym
  • Day lockers

Gym 2 (14,859 sq ft)

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

Gym 3 (15,012 sq ft)

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

Racquetball/Squash Courts

  • 8 racquetball courts (6,400 sq ft)
  • 3 squash courts (1,920 sq ft)
  • Day lockers

Pools

Indoor ARC Pool

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
The ARC's Outdoor Pool

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

Fitness Areas

Strength and Conditioning Zone (19,219 sq ft)

  • Free weights with rubber floor
  • Selectorized weight equipment
  • Control desk
  • Day lockers
  • Power racks
  • Indoor turf

Strength and Conditioning Areas (34,000 sq ft)

  • Free weights with carpet
  • Cardio/selectorized weight equipment
  • Control desk
  • Day lockers
  • Power racks

Performance Pods (2,400 sq ft)

  • HIIT Pod
  • Power Pod
  • Olympic Pod

Walking/Jogging Track

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

Adventure Recreation

Climbing Wall

  • 35.5ft tall

Bouldering Cave (800 sq ft)

  • 12ft tall adjustable Kilter Board

Wellness

Instructional Kitchen (1,349 sq ft)

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

Reflection Room

  • Sound/light machine
  • Coloring sheets
  • Prayer pillows
  • Yoga mats/blankets

Locker and Changing Rooms

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

Offices/Meeting Rooms and Other

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

Administrative Offices (5,413 sq ft)

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

Other

  • Student Organizations Room (1,391 sq ft)
  • Clements Auditorium – 150-person capacity (2,608 sq ft)
  • Group Cycling Room (1,049 sq ft)
  • Personal Training Room (960 sq ft)
  • UI Wellness Center (3,290 sq ft)
  • Meeting Room (236 sq ft)
  • Meeting Room (354 sq ft)
  • Meeting Room (682 sq ft)