University Recreation Center

  • Location: Birmingham, AL
  • Opened: August 2005
  • Term: 2012 Present
  • Size: 152,000 SF
  • Cost: $24 M

CENTERS at University of Alabama at Birmingham


In 2005, the University of Alabama at Birmingham opened the $24 million University Recreation Center and operated it with an internal university department. By 2011, however, UAB identified the need to seek external management expertise to improve operational efficiencies and cost savings while still implementing innovative student-led programs and services. CENTERS was selected to comprehensively manage University Recreation and all programs and facilities.  To ensure a smooth transition, a start-up team of executives, management, accounting, and human resources was deployed immediately upon notification. In addition, CENTERS’ staff trained all new and existing personnel, developed operating procedures and financial reporting tools, created a marketing plan, and improved financial protocols and the bottom line. In the fall of 2018, CENTERS opened a new $2.8M Intramural and Club Sports Field Complex which made a huge impact on the student experience for an urban campus.

Visit Site Website to Learn More

Facility Facts

  • 152,000 GSF
  • 4-Court Gymnasium
  • 4-lane Jogging Track
  • 17,000 SF Fitness & Weight
  • 4 Group Fitness Studios
  • Functional Training Studio
  • 4-lane lap pool with vortex, informal leisure pool, & river
  • 3 Racquetball Courts
  • 1 Racquetball/Squash Court
  • Wellness Suite including Massage Therapy, Nutritionist and Instructional Kitchen
  • Fitness Assessment Room
  • Multi-Purpose Room
  • Wet Classroom
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Climbing & Bouldering Wall
  • Game Room
  • Athletic Training

Seneca Wilson, Director

Serving as the Director of Campus Recreation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mr. Wilson is responsible for oversight of University Recreation including strategic planning, leadership, facility operations, programs, membership, and marketing. Previously, he served as the Associate Director at UAB, Director of Campus Recreation at Jackson State University, and Assistant Director for Operations at Syracuse University. Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He leads CENTERS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and is a frequent public speaker on the topics of recreation and leadership. In his free time, Mr. Wilson is also an accomplished author and poet.

Daily Visits
Savings w/ CENTERS Mgmt
Annual Revenues
“The CENTERS approach and team have been instrumental in the revitalization and exponential growth of the university recreation program at UAB. Additionally, the CENTERS team at UAB have been fully engaged in the re-establishment of a dynamic cutting-edge division of Student Affairs.”
M. Jacob Baggott, Former Assistant Vice President, Student Health and Wellbeing
University of Alabama at Birmingham