Campus Recreation maintains two facilities enclosing 400,000 square feet of space.
The Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center (PEC) is located in the middle of campus, adjacent to the large recreational field complex.
The newer Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center (WFC) is set on the south west corner of Assembly and Blossom Streets.
Both facilities feature open recreation areas for basketball, volleyball, badminton, racquetball, handball, and squash, as well as group exercise classes.
The WFC also features an indoor climbing wall and Outdoor Recreation Office for trip planning.
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Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center Pool Closing
Due to a swim meet, the Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center competition pool will be closed on May 24 (5 – 7:30 p.m.).
2013 Summer Student Membership to Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center
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Campus Recreation Summer Maintenance Schedule
Campus Recreation facilities will undergo several summer maintenance projects to keep our facilities in good condition for our patrons to continue to enjoy their experience with Campus Recreation.
Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center Indoor Pool closed:
Indoor Pool closed: May 11-18
Spa closed May 11-18
Sauna closed: May 11-18
Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center Outdoor Pool open:
Monday – Friday: 6:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon – 7:30 p.m.
Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center pool open:
Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center Locker Room closings:
Women’s Main Locker Room/Showers/Restrooms closed: May 24-26
Women’s Faculty Locker Room/Showers/Restrooms closed: May 27-28
Men’s Main Locker Room/Showers/Restrooms closed: May 27-30
Men’s Faculty Locker Room/Showers/Restrooms closed: May 24-27
Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center Other Maintenance:
Interior stairs project: May 24-31
Wood floors: July 15-31
Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center (Fields 1-4): May 7 – August 7
Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center: May 7 – June 1
Update: Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center to implement use of VIP numbers for access
In preparation for the One Carolina technology implementation and to improve security for students, faculty and staff, Campus Recreation, part of the Department of Student Life, will begin utilizing individual VIP numbers as part of the biometric access control system at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.
The new system will integrate with the CarolinaCard system and is expected to be fully functional by March 15, 2013. This has changed from the original plan to have the system fully functional by the end of the spring semester.
All users of the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center will need to re-enroll their hand measurements into the system using their VIP ID number. The eight-digit VIP ID is a unique and permanent number that identifies each member of the university community and is automatically generated for active students, faculty and staff members.
Hand scanning on the new system is available during regular operating hours (http://campusrec.sc.edu) in the rotunda of the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. Users should present their CarolinaCard to re-enroll/scan their hand. Once a user has re-enrolled his/her hand with the VIP ID number, he/she can use it at the turnstiles to access the facility.
Users who do not know their eight-digit VIP ID should log into VIP using their USC identification number (Social Security Number) and PIN (the four-digit number), and from the personal tab, establish a password to accompany the VIP ID.
This conversion is free for students, faculty and staff. Users, however, must be current students enrolled in good standing and paying fees to the University of South Carolina Columbia campus or faculty or staff with paid membership fees to the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. Spouse members will need to visit the reception desk for further instructions and should bring their CarolinaCard with them. Access to the Blatt PE Center will continue to utilize ID cards.
For more information, contact Kim Dozier in Campus Recreation at 803-576-9375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennis Courts at Blossom Street
The tennis courts at Blossom street, between Henderson and Barnwell streets, are now operated by Campus Recreation. Use is restricted to University of South Carolina students, faculty and staff, and alumni with Blatt PE Center memberships.
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Faculty & Staff Reduced Membership Plan
Effective March 1, 2011, the membership rates for faculty and staff were reduced by $10 per month.
If you are a member, payroll deductions were adjusted to reflect the new rates. If you paid in full, your membership was extended for additional months.
A Friendly reminder to Campus Recreation Users
Please bring your Carolina Card to both the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center and the Blatt PE Center. As per STAF 1.04 University Student Identification Card policy. Your Carolina Card is needed for access, checking out equipment, towels, locks, participating in programs -Intramural Sports, Climbing Wall, and Group X classes (with the purchase of a GX pass).