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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.

Spring 2018 Hours

Note: Hours may vary for university closures and holidays

Begins Tuesday, January 16

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

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.


Spring Break Adjusted Hours (March 9-18)

Friday, March 9: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 10 - Sunday, March 11: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday March 12 - Friday, March 16: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 17: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 18: 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.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. OU 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, but must show a valid governement 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 5-15:    Permitted into the facility with parental supervision during the following hours only:  

Saturday:       9:00 a.m. —6:00 p.m.  
Sunday:         12:00 p.m. —  6:00 p.m. 

*Must pay membership fee or guest pass fee.

Age 16-17: Parental supervision is required while in the facility 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.

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




82 South Green Drive, Athens, Ohio 45701


Contact Information

Ping Center: (740) 593-9915