Student Recreation Center

Bowling Green State University's Student Recreation Center (SRC) offers expansive recreational facilities for BGSU students, faculty/staff, and community members to practice active and healthy lifestyles. Although student-oriented, the SRC has enhanced the quality of life for the entire University and surrounding communities since its opening on January 4, 1979.

The Student Recreation Center underwent extensive renovations from August 2013 - August 2014 to modernize the architectural plan and upgrade the fitness equipment. Bowling Green State University is confident the operative layout and top-of-the-line equipment continues to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles to all patrons.

State-of-the-Art Biometric Finger-Vein Scanners Validate Member Identity

Biometric finger-vein scanners are installed at the Student Recreation Center and Perry Field House Welcome Desks to make checking in fast and easy. Finger vein recognition is a form of biometric authentication used to verify the identity of individuals. The method in non-invasive and uses pattern-recognition techniques based on images of finger vein patterns beneath the skin's surface. Although ID cards are no longer necessary to validate membership, patrons still have the option of presenting ID cards at check-in at the Welcome Desks. Vein scanning is the only entry option at the SRC secondary entrance.

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SRC Welcome Desk finger-vein scanner

Official Hammer Strength Training Center

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The BGSU Student Recreation Center is among an elite group of facilities across the country that have earned "Official Hammer Strength Training Center" status. Because of the quantity of the special Life Fitness equipment in the weights/strength area, patrons can enjoy that we have chosen to offer the best.

For More Information:
Dave Hollinger, Assistant Director
419.372.7477 |


Accessibility and Accommodations

Many improvements were made to the Student Recreation Center during the 2013-14 renovation to increase facility accessibility and improve ease of use for all patrons.

  • Handicap parking adjacent to all facility entrances/exits
  • Group floor entry doors equipped with electric door openers
  • Braille signage indicating room numbers for the visually impaired
  • Elevator access to all levels
  • Accessible restrooms on all levels
  • Gender-neutral/family restrooms located on the Balcony Level
  • Accessible drinking fountains
  • Accessible day and rental lockers
  • Accessible showers in the general and Lower Level I family locker rooms with special shower seats
  • Chair lifts in Andrews and Cooper Pools
  • Accessible spectator seating in Cooper Pool
  • Accessible training equipment in the Weight/Strength Area and Cardio Area

Individuals with special entry needs may request staff assistance at the SRC Welcome Desk or by calling 419.372.2000.

Patrons and guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if special services, assistance, or appropriate modifications are needed to fully participate. Contact Accessibility Services at or 419.372.8495 prior to the program or event.


Facility Spaces

Weight/Strength Area (1)
  • 5,200 square feet of plate loading equipment
  • 2,800 square feet of free weights
  • 1,300 square feet designated for stretching, ab exercises, and functional training
  • 500 square feet designated for slam wall exercises (i.e. medicine ball tosses, etc.) and functional training
  • PLAE flooring throughout to eliminate the need for powerlifting platforms
  • 25 plate loaded machines – Hammer Strength and Star Trac Max Rack
  • 22 selectorized machines – Life Fitness Insignia
  • 3 Torque Edge functional training units to accomodate a wide range of exercises
  • 2 dual adjustable pulleys (ADA)
  • 2 cable crossovers; 1 is an 8 stack
  • 6 power racks with lock and dock bench – allows squats; dead lifts; and flat, incline, and military presses
  • 3 olympic stand alone bench press stations
  • Dumbells up to 130 lbs
  • Slam wall designated for specific medicine ball tosses, etc.
  • Designated area for stretching complete with unique Technogym® equipment
  • Wallet/cell phone lockers and cleaning stations built into columns throughout the Weight/Strength Area
Activity Courts (2)
  • 3 activity courts with new hardwood flooring and standards for volleyball, tennis, and badminton
  • Multi-Activity Court (MAC) to accommodate a wide range of activities including soccer, tennis, volleyball, badminton, basketball, and pickleball, and floor hockey
Lounge (3)
  • 80" TV
  • Variety of seating and table arrangements
  • Ability to house demonstrations (healthy cooking, etc.)
Climbing Wall (4)
  • 35-foot tall climbing wall providing opportunities for novice, intermediate, and advanced climbers
Offices (5, 6, 8)
  • Personal training office/reception area with personal trainers, interns, or practicum students available to assist patrons with equipment use
  • Wellness Connection Office
  • Staff offices
Pool Spectator Area (9)
  • Pool spectator area with bleacher seating overlooking Cooper Pool
Balcony/Cardio Area (3)
  • 6,800 square feet of cardio space
  • PLAE flooring
  • 17 Star Trac powered treadmills overlooking the Weight/Strength Area
  • 2 Woodway self-powered treadmills purchased through partnerships with the Office of Campus Sustainability
  • 11 Cybex Arc Trainer total body ellipticals
  • 21 Octance total body ellipticals
  • 12 Star Trac upright bikes
  • 4 Keiser spin bikes
  • 4 Concept two rowers
  • 2 Star Trac Airdyne bikes
  • 2 Star Trac stair steppers
  • 2 Star Trac step mills
  • 1 Marop Endless Rope Pull
  • 1 Concept 2 ski ergometer
  • 4 Star Trac recumbant bikes
  • 1 Jacob's Ladder
  • 1 Versa Climber
  • 1 upper body ergometer (ADA)
  • 4 Lateral X octane ellipticals
  • 2 Octane X ride ellipticals
  • 1 Torque Edge funtional training unit
Indoor Track (4)
  • 190 yard banked track overlooking the Activity Courts
  • 9.2 laps equals 1 mile
Offices (1)
  • Graduate assistant office and student employee lounge
Andrews Pool (1)
  • 50- x 25-foot recreational pool ranging from 3 - 9 feet and maintained at 87º
  • Water basketball available
  • 12-person hot tub maintained at 103º
Cooper Pool (2)
  • 50-meter x 25-yard Olympic-sized pool maintained at 80º
  • 5- and 7-meter platforms
  • 1- and 3-meter spring boards
  • Water basketball available in the shallow end
  • 11 ft x 20 ft digital scoreboard
  • Spectator seating available on the Entry Level
Offices (3)
  • Staff offices located off of Cooper Pool
Locker Rooms (4, 5)
  • Lounge located in Pools Hallway between the men's and women's locker rooms
  • Day use lockers in the men's and women's locker rooms and in the Pools Hallway
  • Half and full size rental lockers available any time for up to one year
  • Private locker room featuring larger lockers, towel service, carpeted flooring, and cable television located near the showers in each locker room
  • Individual shower stalls
  • Designated primping stations
  • Sauna in each locker room (max of 10 people)
  • 2 family changing rooms with showers located in the Pools Hallway
Classroom (6)
Outdoor Courtyard (7)
  • Fenced-off courtyard featuring a patio and green space located outside of Andrews Pool
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Gazebo with seating
  • Gas fire pit
Falcon Fitness Studio A (2)
  • Primarily used for Group X classes – designated spin room
  • PLAE flooring
  • Additional storage unit for Group X fitness equipment including spin bikes
  • Updated AV (projection screen, etc.)
Racquetball Courts (3)
  • 6 raquetball courts
Multi-Use Synthetic Court (4)
  • PLAE flooring
  • Available for drop-in use
Functional Training Zone (5)
  • Designated for TRX specific training
Falcon Fitness Studio B (6)
  • Primarily used for Group X classes
  • Refinished hardwood flooring
  • Additional storage unit for Group X fitness equipment
Squash Courts (7)
  • 3 squash courts
Falcon Fitness Lounge (8)
  • Located off of Falcon Fitness Studio B
  • Comfortable seating for patron use before and after Group X classes
  • Cable television
Multi-Use Hardwood Court
  • Available for drop-in use
  • Functional Training Zone room designated for TRX® suspension training®