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Facility Info & Hours

Facility Information

The Charles J. Ping Recreation Center is 168,000 feet, spanning three floors. Ping is home to a 36-foot, double-sided climbing wall, five basketball/volleyball courts, two multipurpose gymnasiums, an elevated four-lane indoor running track, seven racquetball courts, free weight areas and two group fitness rooms that host combative sports, aerobic, fitness and dance classes. Ping Center policies are located in this PDF.


Fall 2018 Hours

Thursday, August 23 - Sunday, December 16

Monday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Note Adjusted hours below: 

Labor Day:
Monday, September 3, 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Verterans Day:
Monday, November 12, 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Week:

Tuesday, November 21, 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 22, 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Closed Thursday, November 23 – Saturday, Nov. 25

Winter Break:

Monday, December 17 – Friday, December 21, 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Closed  Saturday, December 22 – Tuesday, January 1

Wednesday, January 2 – Friday, January 4, 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 5, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 6, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, January 7 – Friday, January 11, 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


ID Access:

A strict ID policy is enforced when entering the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center. Everyone should be prepared to show his or her valid ID (i.e. Ohio University student or faculty/staff photo ID). No one will be permitted into an activity area of the Ping Center without proper ID; this includes students enrolled in academic classes. If a question arises as to the validity of the presented ID, a second form of ID may be required. IDs used to gain illegal entrance into the Ping Center will be confiscated. A photo of an ID is not valid and  will not be accepted.

Ping Members have 1 free forgiveness pass if a they forget their OHIO ID (valid for 1 academic year), but must show a valid government photo identification to gain access. A photo of an ID is not valid and will not be accepted.


Child Access Policy

Age 0-4:  Are not permitted in any areas of the Ping Center except Business Office or on tour of the facility. 

Age 5-17*:   Permitted in the facility with parent/guardian supervision while in the facility during operation hours. Must pay membership fee or guest pass fee. 

Age 18+:  Permitted in all areas of the building without supervision during all hours of operation. Must pay membership fee or guest pass fee. 

*Not permitted in the Fitness Center or Free Weight Room- Not permitted on any exercise equipment.



82 South Green Drive, Athens, Ohio 45701


Contact Information

Ping Center: (740) 593-9907