University of Alabama at Birmingham


University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama


The Department of Campus Recreation strives to enhance transformational learning and the quality of life for the UAB student body and community by providing diverse programs and an inclusive environment.


  • 152,000-square-foot facility
  • ProShop and PowerZone area selling all convenience items and healthy food choices
  • Athletic training suite
  • Wellness suite: massage, Demo Kitchen in the works and nutritionist area
  • All-gender locker rooms and bathrooms
  • Aquatics center with lap lanes, lazy river, vortex, whirlpool and wet classroom
  • Four gym courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and four racquetball courts
    • One multi-purpose court for floor hockey and indoor soccer
  • Five fitness studios
    • F45 Studio
  • 36-foot high climbing wall & bouldering wall
  • Game room
    • Multiple TVs, game consoles, table tennis, billiards and air hockey
  • Indoor track
    • Eight laps (one mile)
  • Fitness center
    • 18,000 square feet of cardio and weightlifting equipment
    • Iron Cave


  • Adventure Recreation: 
    • Adventure Recreation offers about 25 outdoor trips each year to the surrounding southeast area and beyond. Activities on these trips include biking, hiking, boating and climbing, just to name a few. Our staff offers a customized trip option, as well as a customized teambuilding program with various low rope elements. UAB also started belay and climbing clinics this year to help teach the UAB population how to climb, as well as climbing and belaying safety.
  • Aquatics:
    • The aquatics program offers private, semi-private and group swim lessons for individuals who are six months and older. This program area also has a customized option through safety certifications. UAB offers various certification courses including CPR/First Aid/AED, lifeguarding and water safety, either as scheduled courses or customized options to fit any group.
  • Competitive Sports:
    • Intramural and club sports are offered through the competitive sports area. UAB offers about 12 different intramural sports each year through both league and tournament format. UAB currently has 20 competitive club sport teams including ice hockey, men’s lacrosse and men’s rugby. Campus recreation is also in the process of building a new intramural and club sports field space that is scheduled to open in the fall.
  • Fitness and Wellness:
    • The fitness and wellness program has exploded with new program opportunities this year. Not only is UAB continuing to offer over 50 different fitness classes each week, but it has introduced F45 this year to the UAB students and faculty staff. The functional fitness program has been a huge success. UAB also introduced the Campus Rec Kitchen this year where a registered dietitian has hosted demo cooking classes, do-it-yourself recipes, food label education sessions and more.
  • Youth Programming:
    • The youth programming through campus recreation includes a KidZone service for parents who are working out at the facility in the evening, Day Camp sessions for various school holidays throughout the year and 11 weeks of Summer Camp when school is out. UAB averages about 35 campers during the Day Camp sessions, and about 85 campers during the summer sessions. These programs have been a great service for our UAB Faculty and Staff members, as well as the non-traditional student population.


  • Largest student employer on campus
  • The Rec Center is open 353 days out of the year, seven days a week
  • Around 480,000 visits per year
  • Solar panels on the roof of the facility
  • 21,000 student members and 3,600 non-student members
  • Opening a new intramural and club sport field in August 2018
  • Over 150 projects within the recreation center in six years
Bobby Dyer
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