Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex
Built in 2010, the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (or the AARC) serves as the central building for the University of St. Thomas NCAA DI athletics program. With over 180,000 square feet of usable space, the AARC is a state of the art facility providing ample room for St. Thomas athletes to train and perform.
Types of events: athletic events, camps & clinics and more
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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. It has hosted concerts, commencements and other special events outside of the many sporting events that take place in the facility each year.
Steve Fritz court, named for the legendary former basketball player and retired St. Thomas athletics director, is a parquet-style maple floor, and sits in the center of an arena that features a 10-foot by 16-foot video board and 36 Bose speakers, providing a DIII basketball experience like none other.
When the full floor is used for seating, Schoenecker Arena can seat 5,000 people.
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.
This deep-water pool contains many design features resulting in fewer waves and less turbulence for competitions. In addition, a spectator area with seating for more than 400 people is located on the north end of the venue.
AARC Pool details:
- Length: 25 yards
- Width: 33 meters
- Lanes: 8 (eight feet wide)
- Competition pool average depth: 8 1/2 feet, all lanes are equal in depth
- Diving well depth: 14 feet
- Diving boards available: 1 meter and 3 meter
- 10-foot by 14-foot video display