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Spotlight: RIT Recreation

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Do you know what RIT Recreation has to offer?  The recreation facilities at RIT provide opportunities for a variety of activities.  Picture yourself taking a walk on the nature trails, enjoying a game of tennis, playing basketball or racquetball, going for a swim, working out in the fitness center, or relaxing in the sauna.  There is something for everyone!  All you need is your RIT ID for access, and you’re on your way to enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle.  

RIT students, faculty, staff and retirees receive an automatic membership to the recreation facilities and may sponsor family or friends for a paid membership as well.  Sponsored guest passes are also available at $5/person.  Guests must provide avalid ID (driver’s license) at sign-in and may visit up to five times per quarter.

Facility Hours: Hale-Andrews Student Life Center and Gordon Field House













 The best time to work out in the fitness center -- to avoid the crowd -- is

                                  before noon, between 2-4pm and after 9pm.  

January and September are typically the busiest months.  Last year, they had over 600,000 participations and approximately 200,000 of those used the Wiedman Fitness Center.


RIT Facilities Include:

The Hale-Andrews Student Life Center:  The SLC opened its doors in 1992 and is approaching its 20th anniversary!  The 88,000 square foot facility features 6 multi-purpose courts (basketball, volleyball, badminton),  2 dance studios/fitness rooms, 1 spinning room, 1 boxing room (heavy bag, speed bag, double-ended speed bag, and martial arts bag), 7 racquetball courts, 1 squash court, an elevated 200-meter track , locker rooms with saunas, and a CPR room with classes offered through CPD.

The Gordon Field House and Activities Center:   This 160,000 square foot facility opened in 2004 and is one of RIT’s signature buildings.  It consists of the field house arena (multi-purpose courts, four indoor tennis courts, 200-meter track), Wiedman Fitness Center, and the Judson/Hale Aquatics Center. 

The Wiedman Fitness Center:  is a two-story area featuring a full range of weight-lifting machines, free weights, cardiovascular equipment, and a stretching area. 

The Judson-Hale Aquatics Center:  is an impressive facility includes a stretch 25-yard, eight-lane competition pool with moveable bulkhead, four-board diving well, and a recreation pool that includes a current channel, vortex, bubble jets, water basketball and volleyball.  A 20 person hot tub is also available in this area.

The Red Barn:  Opened in 1984 and is located at the west end of campus.  It is the home for the Interactive Adventures program; it houses many bouldering walls and a 32 foot high rope climbing wall.  Climbing routes are professionally built and maintained to accommodate all abilities and skill levels.  Quarterly hours are Monday-Friday, 5pm-10pm and Saturday/Sunday, 1pm-6pm.  Single visit passes and quarterly memberships are available to all visitors.  

Tennis Courts:  there are 9 lighted outdoor tennis courts located next to U Lot.  Wellness classes and athletics have priority.  An RIT ID or guest pass is required and usage is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nature Trails and Jogging Routes:  The trails are located in the wooded area south of the Student Life Center and several jogging routes are available around campus.  Maps are available in the SLC.  A 400-meter track, located next to D Lot, is open for recreational use as well.

Other Recreation Services:

  • Equipment loan-out and towel service at the SLC Equipment Cage
  • Personal training services offered through the Wellness and Better Me programs.
  • Free nutritional counseling through the Wiedman Fitness Center.  
  • Free RIT Skate at the Frank Ritter Ice Arena (M-F, 12:15pm – 1:45pm).   

For more information and to take a virtual tour of the facilities please visit the links below:

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