The Southwest Recreation Center is one of the university's athletic facilities, offering service to students, alumni and faculty. It was established in 1994, but has undergone architectural changes since then. Standing as a 140,000-square-foot modern facility, it has opened its doors to over two million students since it's creation, according to UF RecSports website.


When you walk into Southwest, you may be overwhelmed by the grandeur of the facility. The first floor is equipped with state-of-the-art cardio machines, three activity rooms for classes, six indoor basketball courts, six racquetball courts, and a 14,000-square-foot strength and conditioning room.


You may also walk upstairs to see the new second floor that was built during renovations this year. This floor includes 1/9 mile indoor track that wraps around cardio equipment.


Other features include a multipurpose gymnasium for indoor soccer, handball and basketball, personal viewing screens in the cardio room, two massage therapy rooms, a personal training studio, a Fitness Assessment Center (FAC), athletic training room, men's and women's locker rooms with digital locks, digital day lockers and a social lounge filled with seating areas, flat screen TV's, WiFi and a smoothie bar.


There also exist a number of outdoor facilities and fields located around Southwest. These include 10 tennis courts, the Southwest Recreation Center Field, Southwest Recreation Center Softball Complex and sand volleyball courts. There is also a UVS field located next to the volleyball courts that is used solely for sport club and intramural competitions. Don't have sports equipment? Don't fret. You can checkout anything from softball gloves to shinguards to horseshoes to use out on these facilities.


You can find Southwest located at the corner of Hull Road and Bledsoe Drive, across from the Harn Museum and the Center for the Performing Arts.