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Department of Athletics and PE
Nelson Fitness Center
Box 1933, 225 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-5100

Through the recreation fee, Brown graduate students have access to the University’s recreational athletics facilities and are admitted to home sporting events free of charge. Information about purchasing guest passes or memberships for spouses, partners, and children is available on our Recreation Membership webpage.

Following, you will find a listing of our recreational offerings as well as our facilities on campus. Additional information is available through the websites provided. A Brown student ID is required to access all campus facilities.

Intramural Sports (additional fees apply)
The intramural sports program offers team, dual, and individual activities to more than 3,500 participants in the Brown community. Sports include flag football, soccer, basketball, softball, ice hockey, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, tennis, squash, cornhole, and badminton. Special events include a golf scramble, as well as tournaments in dodge ball, kickball, wiffleball, 3v3 basketball, bowling, and outdoor volleyball. Teams and free agents are encouraged to participate. More information can be found on our Intramural Sports webpage.

Club Sports
At Brown University, we consider our club sport teams to be a vital component of our university community. Club Sport teams offer an important outlet for students who seek a higher level of competition than on-campus intramurals provide, without the rigorous time constraints required of varsity sports’ student-athletes. Club Sport teams hold practices on or around campus, along with having competitions on and off campus. Brown University, through the Department of Athletics and Recreation, provides financial support, assistance with securing an athletic trainer/EMT service, lodging, transportation and the opportunity to reserve campus facilities in order to allow our club sport teams to thrive. We currently offer 33 Club Sports programs and can be visited on our Club Sports webpage

Fitness (additional fees apply)

Group Fitness
The Group Fitness Program offers a variety of aerobic, fitness, and mind/body classes to students and Recreation Members with a Group Fitness pass. The Group Fitness pass provides unlimited access to classes on a drop-in basis. Classes are offered seven days per week, beginning as early as 6:00 a.m. Classes are led by quality instructors who hold certifications through nationally accredited organizations including the American Council on Exercise and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Classes follow the academic calendar and are offered in four sessions: Fall, Winter Session, Spring, and Summer.

Personal Training
Personal Training is offered to all students and Recreation Members in single, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and small-group training options. Personal training sessions are 60 minutes of individualized program design. Fitness consultations are conducted by the Fitness and Wellness Coordinator prior to beginning a training program. The consultation includes a review of health history information, health/fitness goals, and assessments including height, weight, body fat analysis, BMI, blood pressure, and resting heart rate.

Instructional Programs
Instructional Programs offer students and Recreation Members small-group instruction in leisure and recreational activities. Classes offered in the program are progressive in nature, and meet for several weeks during the semester.

Erickson Athletic Complex

The Olney-Margolies Athletic Center (OMAC)
Here you will find three basketball courts and 2 badminton and volleyball courts, as well as a 200-meter track, and dance studio. The hours of operation for the OMAC are: Monday–Thursday 5:30a.m.–midnight, Friday 5:30a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday  7 a.m.–9 p.m. (Outside of Fall/Spring Semester hours: Monday-Friday 5:30a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday 8am- 6p.m.). For announcements and updates, visit the OMAC webpage

Nelson Fitness Center
The Nelson Fitness Center is the country’s largest solar-thermal installation, including 168 panels that provide 10 percent of the building’s energy needs. The panels combine photovoltaic technology with solar thermal technology. The 10,000-square-foot multipurpose fitness loft, is for students, faculty and staff, with 85 exercise machines and three exercise studios.  The facility also includes recreational locker rooms as well as dedicated locker rooms for men’s and women’s faculty. Find more information on the Nelson Fitness Center webpage

Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center
Officially opened in May 2012, the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center is the home to Brown Swimming & Diving and Water Polo.  The million-gallon pool — 56 meters long and 9 meters deep —is the swimming pool for varsity competition and recreational use, has three-meter diving, seating for 400 spectators, and a state-of-the-art video HD scoreboard. 

A system of movable bulkheads allows for simultaneous activities by different groups and maximizes pool use. The pool is considered among the fastest in the Northeast. The pool is solar-powered, with 168 dual-technology solar panels located on the roof providing enough electric and thermal energy to power the pool lights and regulate water temperature.

The Ittleson Quadrangle
A large landscaped green space connecting the facilities of the Erickson Athletic Complex.

The Pizzitola Sports Center is the varsity competition court for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and gymnastics with seating for 2,800. Pizzitola is also home to men’s and women’s tennis and squash.

The squash courts and indoor tennis courts are available for recreational use via online reservation:

Meehan Auditorium
Meehan is the venue for varsity ice hockey as well as club sports, intramural and recreational skating. For more information, including recreational skate times, visit the Meehan Auditorium webpage.

Satellite Fitness Centers

Bigelow is one of Brown's three Satellite Fitness Centers. Bigelow has Treadmills, Ellipticals, Spin Bikes as well as free weights and machine defined equipment. There are also two stretching areas, and multiple televisions. Bigelow is located on the ground floor of Bigelow Lounge on Benevolent Street

Bear’s Lair
The Bear's Lair is one of Brown's three Satellite Fitness Centers. The Bear's Lair has Treadmills, Ellipticals, Spin Bikes as well as free weights and machine defined equipment. There is also a game room, a lounge, and multiple televisions. The Bear's Lair is located in the basement of Graduate Tower E on the corner of Thayer and Charlesfield Streets.

Satellite Facility Hours:

  • Fall & Spring Semester hours: Monday-Friday 6am-Midnight, Saturday & Sunday 9am-Midnight
  • Closed for summer* Bear’s Lair remains open during the summer on modified hours for the Pre-College Program 

Brown Stadium
Home of Brown football, the 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 residents 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.