Built in 2010, the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (or the AARC) serves as the central building for the University of St. Thomas NCAA DIII athletics program. With over 180,000 square feet of usable space, the AARC is a state of the art facility that has assisted St. Thomas athletics in being one of the premier DIII programs in the country.
The AARC is the home to the state-of-the-art Schoenecker Arena, which is the home to the St. Thomas varsity men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. Able to hold more than 1,800 fans, Schoenecker Arena has been home to numerous large events, including multiple Tommie-Johnnie basketball games and multiple large concerts and shows. When not in use by varsity teams, the facility is open for use by students and faculty.
With 8 lanes and a separate diving area, the AARC boasts one of the most advanced swim facilities in DIII athletics. The Anderson Pool, sharing the same namesake as the building it is housed in, is home to the St. Thomas Swim and Dive team, and has been host to numerous conference swimming and diving meets, in addition to many youth swimming events and competitions.
More than 100 pieces of aerobic equipment and 75 pieces of weightlifting equipment, including 10 power-lifting stations, make up the AARC workout rooms. Open from early morning to late at night, students and faculty are invited to take advantage of the full stock of workout machines available to them. In addition to the equipment rooms, there are multiple studios, useful for aerobics, pilates, yoga, spinning, and dance classes.
Locker Rooms and Training Areas
Inside the AARC are separate locker rooms for the football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball teams. Additionally, there are locker rooms for visiting teams, officials, and faculty. The athletic training room hosts a generous space, with taping, treatment, and rehabilitation areas, as well as hot and cold whirlpools. Included in this space are the meeting rooms, the largest of which being the Tommie Room, which hosts press conferences and receptions.
Offices and Classrooms
The Department of Athletics has offices on the third floor of the AARC, used for coaches and staff. The university’s Department of Health and Human Performance is located on the second floor, complete with biomechanics, exercise physiology, and computer labs.