Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
June 23, 2014 - The Student Government Association at the University of Memphis has
approved a fee increase to fund construction of a new student recreation and fitness
The 192,500-sq. ft. center will be located along Southern Avenue north of the existing
Student Recreation and Fitness Center. Construction will be done in three phases,
with the center scheduled to open in 2018.
The signature facility will feature a main four-court divisible gym, six racquetball
courts, a multi-purpose fitness center with a climbing wall, a natatorium with a recreational
pool and lane pool, an outdoor leisure pool, lockers, classrooms and training rooms.
There also will be a two-court gym, a quarter-mile indoor track, a wellness and nutrition
area, juice bar, offices and large group exercise areas. Outdoors there will three
full-size turf fields, basketball courts and tennis courts. A land bridge will make
the center accessible from the northern part of the campus.
The center will be funded by a student fee increase of $307 for 2014-15.
“TheStudent Recreation and Fitness Center has become a vital part of students’ lives and
health on our campus, and vividly demonstrates the mind-body connection,” said Dr.
Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president for Student Affairs. “Individuals who take
good care of their physical selves are better able to tackle the rigors of academic
life. Further, the recreation center provides a point of connection between students
and the University.”
There are other benefits as well. “Students who feel a sense of belonging on the campus
are more likely to stay through graduation,” says Bingham. “Our students like that
sense of connection; they like using the rec center and they wanted a center that
was up-to-date and provides more room for the growing numbers of students who use
the facility. I believe they will be very pleased with the new, modern recreation