Utah State University

Utah State University

Utah State University

Logan, UT


The Department of Campus Recreation provides wellness and healthy lifestyle-oriented programs, events and services to Utah State University (USU). Campus recreation creates opportunities for the USU community to enhance the campus experience through play, wellness and adventure.


In 2009, USU began an effort to develop new student recreation and wellness facilities on the Logan campus, named the Aggie Recreation Center (ARC) and Aggie Legacy Fields (ALF). These facilities would support an expanded vision of student recreation and wellness, providing diverse and integrated amenities within a central complex in the heart of the campus.

On November 19, 2015, USU campus recreation opened the new 105,000-square-foot ARC. In addition to this facility, campus recreation also manages the Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) facility, natatorium, George Nelson fieldhouse, ALF synthetic turf complex, six outdoor tennis courts, two outdoor basketball courts and two sand volleyball courts. Within the ARC, there are a variety of physical recreation components, including:

  • Three hardwood courts utilized for basketball and volleyball
  • Multi-activity (MAC) court utilized for basketball, futsal, volleyball, badminton and pickleball
  • Spin studio
  • 4,500-square-foot weight room featuring plate loaded and free weights
  • 1,800-square-foot functional training room
  • 25-yard outdoor turf exercise terrace
  • 2,100-square-foot group fitness studio
  • Elevated 1/8-mile indoor track
  • 4,000-square-foot outdoor equipment rental shop
  • 53-foot indoor climbing wall with repel ledge and 14-foot bouldering wall
  • Indoor rappel wall
  • Fitness assessment office with digital body assessment machine
  • Athletic training office
  • Health club style locker rooms
  • Three all-gender restrooms and locker rooms
  • Lactation room
  • One multi-purpose meeting room and one instructional training classroom


  • Aquatics Programs provide a safe and inviting environment supported by educated, enthusiastic, and professional American Red Cross certified lifeguards and water safety instructors. Aquatics provides a place for physical activity and leisure to individuals with different needs and goals, as well as educate participants on water safety practices.
  • Fitness and Wellness Programs provide integrated programs, resources and services in order to promote healthy lifestyles, create opportunities for positive behavior modification and enhance student academic success. Programs and services include group fitness classes, personal training services, weight management and nutrition consulting, workshops, incentive programs and special events.
  • Intramural Sports offer participants the opportunity of play through organized sports in a recreational but competitive atmosphere, learn new sports skills, and have fun with fellow friends and students. The intramural sports program offers a wide variety of team sports, team and individual tournaments and special events.
  • Club Sports provide opportunities to participate in competitive and recreational sports, and also learn valuable life skills in organization, communication and leadership. Club sports have been established to promote and develop the interests and skills of their members in a particular sport or recreational activity.
  • Outdoor Programs provide opportunities for outdoor education and leadership experiences through the climbing and bouldering walls, adventure trips, and workshops. Outdoor gear can also be checked out at the ARC rental shop.
  • Student Staff and Leadership program includes training and supervising both undergraduate students (200-plus), and volunteers in facility and game management, teaching and educational sessions, program execution and evaluation, and risk management administration.


  1. Built in 2015, the ARC was 100% funded by student fees.
  2. The $30-million ARC was designed by HOK and AJC Architects.
  3. The ARC was awarded LEED Gold designation.
  4. Jan. 18, 2019, the ARC saw its one millionth visitor, after three years of being open.
  5. The ARC records over 350,000 annual visits, averaging 7,500 visits weekly.
  6. Eight to 12 club sport teams qualify for postseason play annually, with baseball winning the national championship in 2012 and 2014.
  7. Awarded 2017 NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility.
  8. Awarded 2016 ENR Mountain States Best Regional Projects.
  9. Awarded 2016 Utah Construction and Design Outstanding Project.
  10. 2019 Annual Program Participations:
    • 19,439 pool participations
    • 480 student athletes participating on 23 club sport teams
    • 1,052 personal training sessions sold
    • 19,794 intramural participations
    • 4,271 climbing wall memberships
Brittany Howard
Brittany is an assistant editor at Peake Media. Reach her at brittany@peakemedia.com

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