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Texas A&M opens campus recreation center

Sept. 12, 2022
The Southside Recreation Center on the College Station campus is expected to have 5,000 to 6,000 visits a day

Texas A&M University has opened an additional recreation center on its College Station campus.

The Southside Recreation Center has 63,500 square feet of indoor recreational space and an additional 15,000 square feet outdoors.

 “With the Southside Rec Center, the Student Rec Center and the Polo Road Rec Center located throughout campus, Rec Sports members and guests now have access to a facility within a 5- to 10-minute walk,” says Rec Sports Director Rick Hall.

The new facility has two multisport courts, a fitness studio/multipurpose room and a bouldering wall. The outdoor space has two sand volleyball courts, a turf area with workout equipment, and lawn space for leisure and activities.

University officials announced the project in fall 2020, citing the need for additional recreational facilities to accommodate growing enrollment.

The original Rec Center opened in 1995 on west campus and is the largest at more than 400,000 square feet; it averages 8,000 visits per day. The Polo Road Rec Center opened in January 2021. It and averages 3,750 visits each day.

Officials estimate Southside Rec Center attendance will average between 5,000 to 6,000 visits per day.

The architect is SmithGroup.

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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