The Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex is shown October 14, 2015.

Exercise and Recreation

St. Thomas continues to assess its COVID-19 protocols in accordance with CDC, state and city guidelines. Effective immediately, the new protocols for summer are:

  • For those who are vaccinated, face coverings are no longer required in the Anderson Athletic Recreation Complex, McCarthy Gym, or any of our athletic fields.
  • Face coverings are still required for those who are not vaccinated and encouraged for those who want to continue wearing one

Anderson Athletics And Recreation Complex

Built in 2010, the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (AARC) serves as the central building for the University of St. Thomas' athletics program. Home to 22 varsity teams, intramurals as well as a plethora of state-of-the-art facilities and fitness equipment, the AARC has something for everyone. The complex is named in honor of Lee and Penny Anderson who generously supported this facility.

Summer hours will be Monday-Friday 6:00am-10:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm. 

AARC Front Desk - 651-962-5920

McCarthy Gym

The McCarthy Gym, located on the South Campus of the University of St. Thomas’s St. Paul Campus, is a multi-purpose gym facility intended to support the recreational, intramural and athletic activities of the university community.

McCarthy Gym will be closed during the Summer. 

McCarthy Front desk - 651-962-5925

Cardio equipment users

Reserve Time to Workout

St. Thomas students, faculty and staff looking for time in the AARC Cardio Room, Weight Room, or Swimming Pool can now reserve a block of time online! Masks are required to be worn in both spaces.

  • Scheduling for the upcoming week will become available on Sundays at 9 AM
  • Your UST email and ID number are required to make an IM Leagues account
  • Space is available for 1 hour per workout space per day
AARC Reservations
Social Distancing illustration showing six feet separation

COVID-19 Reminders

When you come to use our facilities, please:

  • Wear a mask
  • "Wash in" upon entering in the restrooms or a hand sanitizer station
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Remember towels and locker rooms are not available; bring your own & come dressed for your workout
  • Clean equipment before and after each use
A student lifts weights in the weight room of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex February 28, 2012.

AARC Features

  • 2,000-seat basketball and volleyball Schoenecker Arena and Steve Fritz Court
  • Aquatic Center with an eight-lane swimming pool, diving well, and spectator seating
  • Field house with 200-meter, six-lane track.
  • McQuin West Wing includes cardio room, weight room and aerobics rooms on the first floor
  • Fowler Veranda featuring premium seating overlooking O'Shaughnessy Stadium
  • 180,000 square feet total
  • AARC is located at 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul

AARC Hours
Two students playing basketball in a Physical ed Class in South campus gym on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

McCarthy Gym Features

The McCarthy Gym facility was remodeled in the summer of 2010 to offer:

  • Modern locker facilities for men and women
  • Two wood floor gymnasiums with markings and setups for basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickle ball, and other activities
  • Cardio equipment
  • Strength (machine weight) equipment
  • Four racquetball and handball courts
  • McCarthy Gym is located at 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul

AARC Facilities

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St. Thomas and the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex offer fitness classes under normal circumstances. At this time, fitness classes will be announced at a later date. Check back here for future calendars and registration.

Intramurals & Club Sports

Contact Information

Membership Inquiries & Locker Rental

Rachel Simons
Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations