• New Recreation Center Naming Opportunities
    New Recreation Center Naming Opportunities

UConn students and indeed the entire UConn Community anxiously await our opening this fall. The new recreation center will serve as a destination for student engagement, innovative programming, and a vibrant location to enrich students’ quality of life. Committed to fostering healthy lifestyle choices through activity, UConn Recreation enthusiastically embraces the opportunities the new recreation center will offer.

To learn more reach Heather McDonald (hmcdonald@foundation.uconn.edu) at the UConn Foundation who can answer your questions and provide further information. Or, if you prefer, complete the information below and email the form back to Heather. Thank you for your interest in the new Student Recreation Center at UConn.

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Student Recreation Center

The new Rec Center will become one of the most utilized, most visible and most integral buildings in a student’s life at UConn. Located in the heart of the core of the central campus, the building is located on Hillside Road across from legendary Gampel Pavilion, the UConn Bookstore, South Parking Garage, and School of Business. It will be used primarily by students, but also Faculty, Staff and UConn Community.

Historically, over 75% of the student population use the Rec Center each year to stay fit, join in wellness and exercise programs, play intramural games, swim, socialize, or take a break between classes. We are moving into a building with over 5 times the square footage of the current facility: 191,000 square feet! More fitness equipment, more courts, more personal space, more everything with less wait time: all things students have asked for.


Named Space Name Amount
Student Recreation Center $25,000,000
fitness zones 1 and 2

Fitness Zones 1 & 2

Located on the first floor, Fitness Zones One and Two will provide an extensive selection of fitness equipment to meet the needs and interests of every user.  The dedicated fitness zones provide ample space to get fit with strength training, power lifting, and cardiovascular training.


Named Space Name Amount
Fitness Zone 1 $1,000,000
Fitness Zone 2 $1,000,000
fitness zones 3 and 4

Fitness Zones 3 & 4

Located on the second floor, Fitness Zones Three and Four will complete the 32,000 square feet of dedicated fitness space.  Fitness Three will be the hub for cardiovascular training where participants can climb, spin, run or walk their way to optimal fitness. Fitness Four will offer dynamic functional training from kettle ball to battle ropes and much more.


Named Space Name Amount
Fitness Zone 3 $1,000,000
Fitness Zone 4 $1,000,000
indoor track and gym

Gymnasiums & Indoor Track

The four-court gymnasium and two-court MAC gymnasium will be surrounded above by a 3-lane indoor track.  With captivating views to the scenic UConn campus, participants will feel as though they are only a step away from the outdoors.


Named Space Name Amount
Four Court Gymnasium $1,250,000
MAC Gymnasium $500,000
Single Court Gymnasium $350,000
Track $250,000
aquatics center

Aquatics Center

The Aquatics Center is guaranteed to be the center of daily activity offering two pools, each fully handicap accessible. The competition pool will be an 8 lane, 25-yard pool designed to serve the needs of the competitive sports programs including swimming and water polo as well as providing ample space for lap swimming.  The recreation pool will provide opportunities for swim lessons, water basketball, water volleyball, kayak and paddle board instruction. Equipped with a 15 x 10 foot video board, participants can join in the fun of inner tube movie nights and so much more.


Named Space Name Amount
Aquatics Center and Pools $1,000,000
climbing wall

Climbing Center & Adventure Center

A state-of-the-art Climbing Center is a signature feature of our new facility. In the photo above, it is the glass area on the left side, showcasing the tallest climbing wall in the Northeast. 56 feet high, it provides a spectacular view to passersby watching climbers challenge “the wall” bouldering and top roping.

The adjacent Adventure Center serves as the base of operations for UConn Outdoors. Dozens of weekend adventure experiences are offered each semester, from rock climbing and stand-up paddle boarding to backpacking and mountain biking. The Adventure Center also provides a comprehensive Cycle Share program to participants in the fall, spring and summer.


Named Space Name Amount
Climbing Wall, Bouldering Wall, and Reception Area $1,000,000
Outdoor Adventure Center Reception $50,000

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