Frequently Asked Questions

The new Recreation Center will enhance the JSU student experience and wellbeing. It will offer more opportunities to connect with other students and expanded on-campus programs to include rock climbing, specialty fitness classes, massage, personal training and more. The new facility will also assist in keeping Jacksonville State University competitive with other north eastern Alabama Universities in enrollment and retention.

No – there was no lost time on the project. The funding was secured prior to the tornado so the project could move forward uninterrupted and on budget. The funding is dedicated to the project and could not be reallocated for other uses.

The JSU Board approved the proposal to build the new Recreation Center in January of 2017. The first ground breaking took place September 23, 2017. The construction of the new Recreation Center project is expected to take approximately 17 months to complete. Anticipated opening is January 2019. To see weekly construction progress follow JSU University Recreation on Instagram.

Your membership at Stephenson Hall will remain valid until the new Recreation Center opens. Memberships for the new Recreation and Fitness Center will be available for purchase for JSU faculty/staff, retirees and alumni.  Prices and instructions on how to purchase will be published once approved.

Funding for the construction and operation of the new Recreation and Fitness Center is supported by the Fitness/Wellness Center Fee that will be implemented in January 2019.  As the Recreation and Fitness Center is a student funded facility any non-student users will also be charged.

No - JSU Athletics is not involved with this project because it is not an athletic facility. While the facility will not be used by teams all students, including student athletes, can use the building for recreation.

Upon opening the new Recreation Center, Stephenson Hall will no longer be available for open recreation.  In the future Stephenson Hall will be used by Athletics and Academics.  Specific timeline to transition from Stephenson to the new Recreation and Fitness Center will be communicated to regular users as the opening date is determined.

Yes.  The development of the center has been a two-year process involving the insight of thousands of students, faculty and staff participating in a campus-wide town hall meeting, focus group discussions and a web-based survey.

No.  The facility offers amenities and programs that should appeal to all types of students including graduate and online.  The facility will be open seven days a week, over 350 days a year, from early morning to late in the evening.  Programming will expand to include additional intramural sports and wellness challenges that students can participate in from anywhere.