After years of planning, design and construction, UNC Charlotte’s new recreational facility, UREC, is officially open.
The ribbon-cutting and grand opening took place on Wednesday, Jan. 8, the first day of the Spring 2020 semester. Students and faculty gathered to experience the unveiling of this long-anticipated gym.
To spark participation and help introduce students to the new facility, UREC many hosted many activities like a dance party, polar plunge and a dive-in movie.
The building, which is located next to the Student Union, was first proposed in 2014. Planning began the following year, and construction started in July of 2017. The facility was originally scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, but was pushed back five months back to construction delays.
UREC will now serve as the campus’s primary gym as the Belk and Student Activity Center (SAC) workout facilities are closed for students, serving as a workout space for athletes. Students are still granted access to the basketball and volleyball courts in SAC.
At 148,000 sq. ft., UREC includes both an indoor and outdoor pool, 4 multi-purpose courts, 5 multi-purpose studios, 80 group fitness classes a week and outdoor basketball, pickleball and volleyball courts.
This stunning facility, costing $66 million, was funded by university debt and student fees.
“I knew the building would be full of brand new equipment and the pool would be impressive, but I had no idea how beautiful a gym could be,” said freshman Maggie Pearce. “I love that the building provides such great views of campus while you are using the equipment. There is also so much space so you never feel crowded or like your workout space is being invaded.”
The University Recreation webpage includes a considerable amount of information regarding UREC such as group fitness schedules, upcoming events, facility hours and details about the project’s history.
“All together, UREC is a great space,” said Pearce. “It is a beautiful building and a great addition to our campus.”