Wellness & Recreation Center

The Wellness & Recreation Center (WRC) is located west of the Student Health Center, east of FIU Arena, north of Parkview Hall, and south of the Law School. It's convenient to those living in the residence halls, and is an easy walking distance from any faculty or staff office on campus.

Parking is available in Panther Garage (north of the FIU Arena) with limited availability in Lot #9 just north of the building. See campus map.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 6:00am - Midnight 6:30am - 9:00pm
Friday 6:00am - 9:00pm 6:30am - 7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 8:00pm 10:00am - 6:00pm
Closed on University & major holidays.
Go to This Week's Facility Schedule for current schedule.
Welcome/Membership Desk (305) 348-2575/2951
Pro Shop (305) 348-2900
Racquetball Reservations (305) 348-2951


  • 2-court gym for intramural & recreational basketball, volleyball and badminton
  • 12,500 sq. ft. of fitness space including free weights, resistance machines and cardio equipment
  • 2 multipurpose group fitness rooms which house the majority of our PantherFIT Group Fitness classes
  • large men’s and women’s locker rooms (each with over 200 day and semester lockers)
  • Over 75 day lockers of various sizes in the lobby that users can set their own lock combinations
  • Welcome/Membership desk
  • Tropical Smoothie Café, featuring wraps, flatbreads, sandwiches, smoothies and salads
  • AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) located on both 1st and 2nd floors for emergency situations
  • The Wellness & Recreation Center is the designated special needs (SpN) hurricane shelter for Monroe County (the Florida Keys).

Services Include:

  • A diverse PantherFIT schedule of over 60 fitness classes each week
  • Wellness & Recreation Center Orientations offered free daily on a walk-in basis
  • Body Composition Assessments using the latest in bioimpedance technology. No more skin pinching! (Fee = $1)
  • Friendly, supportive student staff with a thorough knowledge of all equipment, always available and willing to help
  • Personal Training with nationally certified trainers at one of the lowest rates in the area
  • The Pro Shop for equipment checkout, towel and laundry service, and retail sales of sports drinks, energy drinks, energy bars, fitness accessories and locker room sundries


Prior to the current Wellness & Recreation Center (previously known as the Recreation Center) construction, the 10,000 sq. ft. Student Fitness Center (part of FIU Arena) housed fitness space on campus.

Designed by The Borrelli/RDG Group and contracted to T & G Constructors for construction, the $6.4 million, 50,000+ sq. ft. Recreation Center got underway in August of 2003 and opened on August 15, 2005. The Rec Center’s construction was funded through state CITF (Capital Improvement Trust Fund) monies. FIU’s Student Government Association (SGA) allocates most of the operating funds for the Center.

The Rec Center was named an “Outstanding Sports Facility” by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) in April of 2006, and was nominated for both a “Facility of Merit” Award with Athletic Business Magazine and a Recreation Management “Innovative Architecture & Design” Award.

In 2011/2012, the Recreation Center underwent a transformation popularly called “Pantherization” when it received a new interior and exterior paint scheme moving it away from its original red, yellow and white colors to FIU blue and gold. In addition, the interior received the addition of a large Panther head decal that now dominates the lobby.

The Recreation Center was renamed the Wellness & Recreation Center in March of 2015, and the plan for expansion of the Center is progressing with projected completion in Summer of 2017.



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Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11290 SW 12th St.
RC 101
Miami, FL 33199

Hours of Operation


Monday – Thursday: 6:30 am – 9:00pm
Friday:  6:30 am – 7:00pm
Saturday:  noon - 6:00pm
Sunday: noon - 6:00pm

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