By Zack Kirby, Chattanooga, TN–

With the new school year underway, students will be making their way to the ARC once again to bow off some steam after class.

For those who are new to UTC, the Aquatic and Recreation Center, or simply ARC, is once of the most popular places students go to accommodate all of their fitness needs.

The popular features that the ARC offers are: two fill-size basketball courts, which can also be converted to four volleyball courts; eight badminton courts, or two indoor soccer courts; a 43-foot 7-inch indoor rock climbing tower with a 13-foot climbing boulder and training wall; a 1/8 mile track located above the basketball courts will a full, 360-degree view of the area; 14,000 square feet of exercise space with state-of-the-art equipment checkout room for all of your indoor and outdoor needs.

Students can also enroll in one of the many fitness classes offered at the facility.

But perhaps the most important feature the ARC has to offer is the giant swimming pool. This includes water basketvall and volleyball courts. a five-lane swimming area for laps, a cool spa that can fit up to 25 people, a hot tub that fits 30, a two-story, 156-foot long water slide, and finally, the all-important lazy river.

Students get in free with their student ID and can access the facility every day of the week.

The ARC is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and on Friday it closes at 7 p.m.

As for the weekend, the facility is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m on Sunday.

Be sure to check out the ARC and all of the many fun activities it has to offer to students and faculty.


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