08 Aug Student Recreation Center
When the new 128,000 square foot recreation center opened in 2013, even couch potatoes were scrambling to be the first to hop on an elliptical. One of the best student fitness centers in the country, the center features six basketball courts, three racquetball courts, an indoor track, an outdoor turf field, three group fitness studios (including spin and TRX), an indoor golf simulator, and a MAC court for soccer, floor hockey, team handball and dodgeball.
The center also features 120 treadmills, bikes, elliptical machines and climbers, all equipped with monitors providing cable TV, movies and music so you can enjoy your workout. For those looking to dodge a workout, there’s even a gaming lounge equipped with Xbox and Playstations.
Hungry? No worries. You don’t even have to leave the building. Check out Zime at the entrance. Be sure to make the facilities, workout classes and programs a part of your life. Meet friends, be healthy and have fun.
Places to Play
There were a few other places to play long before the rec center. Check some of these options for fitness and entertainment.
SGA Parkway Field
Out past the Eastern Parkway overpass are two lighted intramural fields. The fields are on the former location of the historic Parkway Field baseball complex and are now home to outdoor activities such as intramural flag football, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, kickball and a variety of sport club events. Because of ongoing turf maintenance programs, you can’t just go play on the fields. But, pending maintenance and intramural schedules, the fields may be available for reservation.
Ralph Wright Natatorium
Need to cool off on a hot day? Make sure to take advantage of the Ralph Wright Natatorium. The building, which opened in 2005, is home to UofL’s swimming and diving teams and is operated by the athletics department. However, it’s also free for UofL students to take a dip. The facility features an eight-lane, 50-meter competition pool with depths from 4-feet six inches to 18 feet. The deep end features two 1-meter boards, two 3-meter boards and a tower with diving platforms at 5, 7.5 and 10 meters. Check hours and more at ralphwrightnatatorium.com.