FAQ’s


  • Increase from 18,000 to 25,000 sq/ft of weight and cardio equipment space
  • Increase from 4 to 6 courts plus a Multi-Activity Court (MAC) to support intramural sport leagues, adaptive sports programming, club sports and drop-in recreation activities such as basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, fitness classes, special events and student club and organization activities
  • Increase from 2 to 5 fitness studios for classes such as yoga, pilates, meditation, group cycling, dance, boot camp and self-defense
  • Wellness programming suite to support offerings such as stress management, nutritional coaching, and body composition testing
  • Social and study spaces
  • Healthy eatery
  • New gender neutral locker, shower and restroom spaces
  • New climbing and bouldering walls
  • New indoor running track
  • Office and meeting room space

The expanded ARC will increase from 78,000 sq./ft. to 138,000 sq./ft.


Yes. In summer 2019 the ENS 700 field will be converted to a synthetic turf field with new LED sports lighting to provide for year round, day and night access and more programming options. The additional field space will support drop-in recreation for all SDSU students as well as, intramural sport leagues, fitness and activity classes, sport club practices and competitions, and student club and organization activities.


The project will include private rooms with a single shower, toilet, sink and changing space to provide the greatest degree of privacy.



The anticipated groundbreaking is spring semester 2020 with completion in fall 2021.



Yes, there will be faculty, staff, alumni and community membership options. Details about membership pricing will be determined with student input prior to project completion.


The ARC will continue to be open during construction. Members will continue to pay their current membership fee during construction.



The ARC will remain open during construction, there will be occassional necessary closure times for critical activities such as utility tie-in work. These will be kept as minimal as possible. Please follow @arcexpansion on Twitter and enable push notifications to receive up to the minute updates on closures. The ARC Express hours will be expanded and group fitness classes will be offered in a variety of locations on campus.


The are no changes planned to the general ARC hours of operation during construction. Hours at the ARC Express will be expanded.


Once construction begins, the main entrance for the ARC will be moved to the west side of the building and Shakesmart will relocate to outside the west entry.


There are several PaybyPhone parking options close to the ARC & Aquaplex: the 8th level of Structure 12 (Location #28507), Structure 7 (Location # 28512) and Lot 10 ( Location # 28510). For more details visit our parking page.



The cost of the project is $77.6 million.


In spring of 2018, SDSU students voted to increase the Student Body Center Fee by $195/semester beginning fall 2021 to fund the expansion and operations of the Aztec Recreation Center and recreation field space.


The fee will be calculated into each student’s cost of attendance which is utilized when determining financial aid packages. Roughly 60% of SDSU students receive financial aid. The cost of attendance calculation is unique to each student so it is not possible to say exactly how this would impact each unique student. That said, given the fee will be included with tuition and fees, means all students will have access to the recreation facilities versus the current model where only those who pay the out-of pocket membership fee have access.



Yes and more! The expanded and renovated Aztec Recreation Center is designed to be LEED Double Platinum Certified. This will make SDSU the only campus in the country with a LEED Double Platinum Certified Student Union and Student Recreation Center. Sustainable design elements in the project will include:

  • Increased natural light
  • Native adapted vegetation irrigated by captured rain water
  • Recycled materials
  • Low water landscaping
  • Enhanced insulation and high efficiency glazing
  • Low velocity fans
  • Efficient LED lighting systems
  • Photovoltaics
  • Permeable paving
  • Low emitting materials
  • Low flow/waterless fixtures

LEED stands for Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design. It is a rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage transformation toward sustainable design. Examples of design elements are use of recycled materials, natural ventilation, natural lighting, energy efficient LED lighting, low flow and waterless fixtures, and solar PV panels. LEED certified buildings produce less greenhouse gas emissions, use less water, less energy, support a healthier environment and can reduce operational costs over the long term through lower utility costs.


Some of the space will serve as the site for the ARC expansion. The rest of the space will be enhanced to create a courtyard and plaza with drought-tolerant landscaping to create a more functional and inviting outdoor space.