Fitness & Sports Facilities
Whether you’ve always been the athletic type or want to get in shape for spring break, work off some stress during finals or simply make some new friends, you’ll have plenty of opportunities here. Then again, if all you want to do is cheer for your favorite team, we have first-rate facilities for that too.
You can also get college credit for your workouts. The Department of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (PERD) offers one-credit physical education classes in over 190 activities, from martial arts to ice-skating. Or you can take noncredit classes in scuba diving, hatha yoga, hip-hop dancing or—well, you name it.
Here are some of the places where you can join in the BU wellness pursuits.
Fitness & Recreation Center
One of the best fringe benefits of being a BU student is your automatic membership in the FitRec Center—more than six acres of workout space and sports facilities under one supermodern roof. On an average day, 4,000 students take advantage of their membership. After all, who wouldn’t love to belong to a health club with all this?
- A competition/lap pool, recreation pool, 15-person whirlpool and a lazy river
- A climbing wall 35 feet high by 45 feet wide
- An 18,000-square-foot fitness center with weight training and cardio-conditioning center
- Four racquetball and two squash courts, plus seven gym courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, inline skating and soccer
- An indoor jogging track suspended over the gymnasium, overlooking Comm. Ave.
- A dance studio that converts to a theater
- A wellness center and full-service sports medicine facility
The FitRec Center also offers more than 400 different credit and noncredit classes each semester, dozens of intramural sports for all skill levels, and 33 club sports including intercollegiate and tournament competition.
Is it a hockey rink, a rock concert venue or a comedy showcase? Trick question—it’s all three.
Agganis Arena is a state-of-the-art, multipurpose sports and entertainment center that opened in 2005. You’ll find it in the John Hancock Student Village, a 10-acre hub of student living, activities and athletics. And if you’re a hockey fan, you’ll often find yourself in one of the 6,300 seats. Agganis is home to the BU Terriers Men’s Hockey Team, winner of five NCAA championships (including 2009).
The 290,000-square-foot venue also draws big crowds to see the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Interpol, the Dropkick Murphys, the Pussycat Dolls, Iron Maiden, Carrie Underwood and Dispatch. It expands to more than 7,200 seats for tennis matches, other sporting events and family shows.
New Balance Field
The newest piece to BU’s athletic campus, New Balance Field opened in September 2013. The 110,000 square-foot field has seating for 500 spectators and is home to the BU Terriers field hockey team. The field also provides practice space for varsity teams and more than 8,000 students who play intramural and club sports.
The Track & Tennis Center
In our humble opinion, this is one of the best such facilities in the U.S. Its 60,000 square feet are the home of Boston University’s Track & Field and Tennis teams, as well as a practice venue for other Terrier teams. The center has four tennis courts, a 200-meter track and seats for 1,500 fans.
The DeWolfe Boathouse
The home of the BU men’s and women’s crew teams gives racing fans a great view of the annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Located on the Cambridge side of the Charles River, our boathouse balcony will also give you a spectacular view of the Boston and BU skylines.
Recently renovated with a revolutionary synthetic grass, Nickerson Field has been approved by FIFA for international soccer games. It’s used for organized sports (varsity, intramural and club) and campus-wide events. During open recreation hours, you’re welcome to burn off some steam on the quarter-mile track.
Walter Brown Ice-Skating Arena
Sorry—even on the coldest days, you can’t skate on the Charles. But BU has its very own ice-skating arena for you to practice those figure eights. For a few bucks and a student I.D., you can even rent skates.