San Diego State University

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA


The mission of Associated Students of San Diego State University Aztec Recreation is to provide high quality programs, services and facilities that inspire active, healthy living and enhance the SDSU experience.


The 78,000 square foot Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) opened in 1997. Participants enjoy drop-in recreational opportunities including strength and cardio training, basketball, volleyball and soccer in the four court gymnasium which is also used for Intramural Sports leagues and credit classes. The ARC has two fitness studios that accommodate over 55 Group Fitness classes a week and for credit activity classes. A climbing wall operated by the Aztec Adventures staff provides opportunities for supervised open climbing daily as well as credit classes.

The Aztec Aquaplex features a 50 meter competition pool, a leisure pool and a 20-person spa. PV and thermal solar systems help heat the pools. The facility offers open recreation swimming, a variety of adult and youth aquatic programming and regularly hosts intramural leagues as well as sport club and intercollegiate athletic competitions.

In January 2014, Associated Students opened the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union which houses two recreation facilities, the ARC Express, a 6,000 square foot fitness center, and Aztec Lanes. Aztec Lanes offers open recreation bowling, billiards, table tennis and a TV lounge area with programming that includes beginning and intermediate ENS bowling credit classes, bowling leagues and tournaments as well as group event reservation opportunities.

The Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC) is one of the world’s largest instructional waterfront facilities and is located in beautiful Mission Bay Park, just a 15-minute drive from SDSU. With a diverse mix of watersports equipment and instruction under one roof, MBAC has the best that San Diego has to offer enabling students, alumni and the SDSU community to experience wakeboarding, sailing, surfing, stand up paddling, waterskiing, rowing, kayaking, and windsurfing.

Aztec Recreation partners with the San Diego State University School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (ENS) and offered 2,651 students in FY15-16 academic credit activity classes focused on the progression of skills that promote lifelong fitness, recreation and wellness.

Intramural Sports provides opportunity to over 7,000 participants annually for competition in a wide variety of team and individual sports through league, tournament and special event formats. The most popular sports at SDSU are basketball and soccer.

The Sport Club program consists of 20 competitive teams and over 750 athletes. The San Diego State University Dance Club holds current USA Dance National titles in both the Hip Hop and Jazz divisions.

Aztec Recreation offers a variety of drop-in Group Fitness classes that are led by motivating, certified instructors who engage members in fun, safe and effective fitness training. The program is offered year-round with 55 classes each week during the academic semesters and 30 weekly summer classes.

The Aztec Adventures program provides the San Diego State University community with leadership, education, adventure and culture through three primary programs: Outings, Climbing and Team Challenge.


  • Aztec Recreation at San Diego State University is a program of Associated Students, a student-directed SDSU auxiliary and one of the largest student governance organizations in the U.S.
  • In 15/16, Aztec Recreation on-campus facilities had 982,849 participant visits
  • Construction of a new Recreation Field was completed on campus in August 2016 and features state-of-the art turf and lighting systems.
  • Aztec Recreation opened the Performance Center in spring 2016. This 2,400 sq. ft. Olympic lifting and functional training center enables Sport Club teams to train together and is also utilized for Group Fitness and credit classes.
  • Mission Bay Aquatic Center hosted 5,034 youth program participants during 15-16 fiscal year
  • Aztec Recreation staff and student leaders from the Associated Students Recreation and Wellness Commission collaborate with other campus partners in the Live Well Aztecs initiative – a partnership of campus resources with the goal of providing programs, services and outreach efforts that educate, support and inspire SDSU students and the campus community to lead healthy, balanced lives
  • The Aztec Recreation Center achieved LEED Gold Existing Building Operations and Maintenance certification in 2015.
Emily Harbourne was a previous editor for Campus Rec Magazine.

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