Anteater Recreation Center

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The Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) is an 89,000-square-foot (8,300 m2) indoor gym facility that is part of campus recreation at the University of California, Irvine (UCI); the anteater is the mascot of the UC Irvine athletics team (see University of California, Irvine#Athletics for the mascot's origin and history). It is open to all UCI students, faculty and staff members, alumni, and other university affiliates, including spouses.[1]

The facility was designed by Langdon Wilson Architecture.[2][3] It opened in January 2000, replacing older, cramped recreational facilities at the school's older gym, Crawford Hall. Built at a cost of $26 million, it was funded by a student referendum approved in May 1996, when UCI students voted to pay an additional $88 per quarter to fund the center and other athletic and recreational facilities.[4][5] The positive reception for the new center led students at other University of California campuses (such as UCLA) to push for similar improvements in their recreational facilities.[6]

The facility has been the setting for several Guinness world record events, including a 4,448-participant dodgeball game in 2011[7] and a 3,875-combatant water pistol fight in 2013.[8]


ARC facilities[9] include, but are not limited to:

  • The main gym, which features three basketball or volleyball courts or nine badminton courts and utilizes hanging dividers to separate each court
  • A fitness lab, consisting of state of the art cardiovascular equipment, weight machines, and free-weights, as well as eight flat screen televisions
  • An indoor jogging track with a clock timer and rubber flooring
  • A 36’ high rock wall for beginning to advanced climbers
  • Three glass-enclosed racquetball courts
  • Five activity rooms for various fitness classes, clinics, and programs
    • Physical Forum is the largest activity room and is home to Group Exercise classes, like Step, Pump N’ Sculpt, Aerobics, and Zumba
    • Sports Studio has matted flooring and can be used for Martial Arts, wrestling, and stretching
    • Activity Annex is the main facility for table tennis, fencing, and instructional dance classes
    • Workout Shop is utilized by Yoga, Kendo, Capoeira, and Belly Dance classes
    • Training Zone offers Studio Cycling, Meditation, and Massage classes
  • A back court gym, a 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) gym with rounded corners, team dugouts, and inset goals, perfect for floor hockey and indoor soccer
  • A newly added Wellness Lab, geared towards functional training and featuring a Kinesis Wall and kinesis circuit machines, as well as cardio equipment and free weights and ten flat screen televisions
  • An aquatics plaza with a 25 meter by 25 meter lap pool
  • ARC fields, a 25-acre (100,000 m2) outdoor complex, for sports such as softball, soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse, basketball, roller hockey, and tennis.
  • Exercise Testing Rooms, where various fitness tests, such as “Bod Pods” and “VO2 Submax Tests”, are conducted
  • Massage therapy rooms with have fully adjustable beds
  • A test kitchen and classroom that is used for demonstration and cooking classes
  • ARC Bar, offering fresh smoothies and light snacks


ARC services[9] include, but are not limited to:

  • Classes and clinics that follow a non-credit, class format for learning or developing sports
  • Club sports directed to clubs centered on interest in one sport or fitness activity and involves competition among other collegiate club teams
  • Intramural sport leagues designed for student, faculty, and staff competition
  • Team Up and ULead activities
  • Fitness and wellness programs designed to support participant physical exercise and health goals
  • Certified personal training
  • Kinesis circuit training
  • Pilates reformer
  • Exercise testing
  • Massage
  • Outdoor adventures, including kayaking and surfing, that provide an opportunity to overcome a psychological or physical challenge or barrier
  • Sailing
  • CPR/First Aid classes
  • Gear Up, which checks out equipment ARC participants might need, including basketballs, racquets, swim goggles, rock climbing shoes, and shower towels

Intramural Sports[edit]

  • The ARC offers many intramural sports every quarter (fall, winter, spring, summer) for all students, staff, and faculty, with an ARC membership, which are divided into leagues and tournaments.
  • Intramural Sports are structured sport leagues and tournaments, which are designed for the everyday athlete. All of our activities are divided into different divisions of skill and competitiveness.
  • Fall Quarter Sports: Arena Soccer, Flag Football, Volleyball, 3-on-3 Basketball, Coed Basketball, Tennis Singles, 7 on 7 Soccer, Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, Racquetball Singles
  • Winter Quarter Sports: Soccer, Floor Hockey, Co-ed Reverse Volleyball, Basketball, Dodgeball, Softball, Wrestling, and Track
  • Spring Quarter Sports: Coed Indoor Soccer, Coed Volleyball, Softball, Call Your Own Basketball, Racquetball Singles, Swim, Bowling, Water Polo
  • Summer Quarter Sports: Softball, 4 on 4 Coed Volleyball, 3 on 3 Basketball, 7 on 7 Soccer, Kickball
  • In order to put in a team for Intramural sports you will need to pay a fee, make a roster complete with names, ID numbers, and 3 phone numbers and emails in case of rescheduling conflicts etc. This can be done at the Sales Desk on the 2nd floor of the ARC.
  • League games start week 3 of the quarter and continue to week 7 or 8.
  • Playoffs begin week 8 or 9 til week 10 or whenever necessary to finish the season.
  • League Games take place on weekdays and sometimes Sundays while tournaments range from weekdays to sometimes Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Games are officiated by trained student officials.

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Coordinates: 33°38′36″N 117°49′40″W / 33.64342°N 117.82784°W / 33.64342; -117.82784