Arkansas State University students check out equipment in
the new Red Wolf
Recreational and Wellness Center Tuesday following dedication
Facts & Figures
To provide space for non-academic recreation opportunities,
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturdays, Noon-8 p.m.; Sundays,
Site of former Delta Hall, west of Arkansas Hall
May 2007 Architectural Firms and General Contractor
Selected (Brackett-Krennerich of Jonesboro, CDI of Little
June 2007 - 2008 Design Phase and Construction Documents
September 2008 Construction Begins
January 19, 2010 Facility Opens
Types of Recreation Spaces:
Multipurpose Gymnasium for Basketball and Volleyball
Indoor Walking and Running Track
Free Weight Training and Cardiovascular Fitness Rooms
Multipurpose Activity Court
Meeting Rooms for Wellness Classes
Why the Facility Was Constructed
Fitness and health continue to be a major concern for
college students, faculty, and staff.
Current facility, the Health, Physical Education and Sports
Sciences (HPESS) complex, is over 30 years old and was
originally built for the sole purpose of academic use which
limits the time available for recreational use.
The HPESS fitness facilities are very limited. The Fitness
Club, located in the Student Union, is not large enough for
ASU’s student population.
An increase in the Student Union fee will fund the
construction and operational costs for a new student
recreation center, and the increased fee would allow
Arkansas State University to remain financially competitive
among competitor colleges.
A study conducted by Ohio State University reported that
recreation facilities ranked second only to academics in
regards to why a student selected the university.
A study conducted at Clemson University concluded that more
than one third of the students stated their decision to
attend the university was based on their positive
perceptions of recreation facilities.
Participation in campus recreation programs help students
develop a social life, develop friendships, and define the
university as a community which enhances student retention
Involvement in co-curricular activities, such as intramural
sports, correlates with higher satisfaction of college life
and academic success.