Brown graduate students have free access to the University’s recreational athletics facilities and are admitted to home sporting events free of charge with their Brown ID. Learn about purchasing guest passes or memberships for spouses, partners, and children.
Below is a listing of recreational offerings and facilities on campus. Additional information and hours are available through the websites provided. A Brown student ID is required to access all campus facilities.
The intramural sports program offers team, dual, and individual activities to more than 5,000 participants in the Brown community. Sports include flag football, soccer, basketball, softball, ice-hockey, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, tennis, squash, and badminton. Special events include a golf scramble, Hasbro Olympics, Rock-Papers-Scissors, Trivia Bowl, and Family Feud, as well as tournaments in dodge ball, kickball, whiffleball, and outdoor volleyball. Teams and free agents are encouraged to participate. More information can be found at www.brown.edu/im.
Club sports are student led and compete at various levels. Most teams practice two to three times a week and compete in weekly tournaments or in league competition. Currently we offer field hockey (w), ice hockey (m), lacrosse (m/w), rugby (m/w), sailing (w/co-ed), skiing (m), soccer (m/w), tennis (m/w), ultimate Frisbee (m/w), and volleyball (m/w).
Graduate Students can take advantage of more than 64 physical education courses offered in the fall and spring semesters as well as sessions during our winter and summer breaks. Class offerings include body sculpt, cardio kick, hip-hop dance, pilaties, spinning, step & sculpt, yoga, zumba, and more. Instruction in ice skating, tennis, and squash is also available. For a complete course listing visit www.brown.edu/physed. Personal training sessions and golf lessons are also available.
Nelson Fitness Center
Officially opened in May 2012, the Nelson Fitness Center features a 10,000 square foot multi purpose fitness loft with 85 exercise machines for students, faculty, and staff. The facility also features a varsity strength and conditioning center, 3 exercise studios (including a dedicated spinning room), offices for coaches and administrative staff, varsity locker rooms for the Men's and Women's Swimming, Diving, and Water Polo teams, dedicated locker rooms for Male and Female faculty, general use locker rooms for Male and Female students and staff, and a social space in the lobby that includes a cafe.
Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center
Officially opened in May 2012, the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center is the home to Brown University's Swimming, Diving, and Water Polo teams. The pool is 56 Meters in Length x 25 Yards in Width, and most of the pool is 7-9 feet deep. The diving well is 13 ft deep. The facility has a seating capacity for 400 spectators and a state of the art video HD scoreboard. For the summer months, the pool is set up 3.5 days long course and 3.5 days short course. During the academic year, the pool is set up for short course only. The pool is typically separated into three different "pools" with movable bulkheads. The "Shallow" is most often used for Rec Swim, while the "Middle" and "Deep" pools are used for a combination of swim programs and Rec Swim.
The Olney-Margolies Athletic Center (OMAC)
The OMAC serves as the main recreation facility on campus, with three basketball courts and two badminton courts, in addition to a volleyball court, 200-meter track, dance studio, spin room, weight room, and 2,550 square-foot fitness corner. The OMAC is also the home site of Brown Bears field hockey, fencing, and indoor track & field.
Pizzitola Sports Center
The Pizzitola Sports Center provides an intercollegiate competition court for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and gymnastics with bleacher and balcony seating of 2,800. Pizzitola is also home to men’s and women’s tennis and squash. The five squash courts and four tennis courts are available for students to use by reservation, by calling (401) 863-1313. Tennis reservations can also be made online.
Meehan is the venue for intercollegiate, club, and intramural ice-hockey, and holds regular open ice hours.
Home of Brown football, Brown Stadium’s current capacity is 20,000, although a record crowd of 33,000 witnessed Brown face Colgate on Thanksgiving morning, 1932, with portable bleachers being brought in for the game. Members of both the Brown community and Providence at large flock to the stadium each fall to see the Brown Bears. The stadium is located at 400 Elmgrove Avenue, one mile northeast of the Erickson Athletic Complex.
Satellite Fitness Centers
In addition to the fitness facilities in the OMAC, three satellite centers are available for use: the Bear’s Lair (located in the Graduate Center Tower E), the Bigelow Facility (located in Keeney Quad), and the Emery Facility (on the ground level of Emery Hall). There is no card access outside of the posted operating hours. These facilities are only available to students.