Office of Campus Recreation

The Office of Campus Recreation offers plenty of recreational opportunities to help you stay active and have fun during your time on campus. Get involved in one of our many intramural sports teams or head to a class at our student fitness centers. Take a weekend and explore the great outdoors with the GCU Outdoor Recreation program. There is plenty to help you stay in shape while also getting to know other Lopes!

For more details on our recreational offerings, check out the 2020-21 Campus Recreation brochure.

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Contact Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation Office
[email protected] | 602-639-7559
Matt Lamb | Campus Recreation Director

Outdoor Recreation
[email protected] | 602-639-8241
Chad Schlundt | Outdoor Recreation Manager

Intramural Sports
[email protected] | 602-639-8241
Zach Erdmann | Intramural Manager

Student Fitness Centers
Noemi Howard | Student Fitness Center Manager

Canyon Activity Center
Kris Kuchler | Canyon Activity Center Manager

Our Mission

The Office of Campus Recreation is here to empower students in creating community that encourages a healthy lifestyle by staying active in a variety of program offerings with intramural sports, outdoor recreation and student fitness.

Our Vision

  • We will foster healthy relationships through recreational activities.
  • We will engage students in leadership growth opportunities.
  • We will promote physical health and wellness opportunities on campus.

Intramural Sports

Intramurals are your opportunity to build relationships and experience fellowship through sports. We strive to build and operate a program that promotes community on campus and, most importantly, brings glory to God. We offer three different divisions so that you can participate, regardless of your skill level: competitive, recreational and coed.

For more information on game times, registration deadlines and season dates, check out our events calendar.

Intramural Sport Seasons

Session A

  • Flag Football
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Pickleball

Session B

  • Soccer
  • 3 on 3 Basketball
  • Spikeball

Session A

  • 5 on 5 Basketball
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Ultimate

Session B

  • Indoor Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Dodgeball
  • Golf Tournaments at GCU Golf Course


GCU Outdoor Recreation Program

The GCU Outdoor Recreation program serves students by providing recreational outlets to engage both individuals and groups in adventure, fellowship, environmental stewardship, leadership development and outdoor education. Our goal is to advance relationships through these outlets and strive to provide a positive experience for all students. We will fuel endless adventures that occur in God's creation to help challenge students physically, spiritually and mentally.

Intramurals and Outdoor Recreation

To create an intramural account:

  1. Visit
  2. Click "Create Account"
  3. Use your email address when registering
  4. Click "Sign Up"

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Virtual Recreation Tour

Visit GCU’s premier athletic facilities and activity center from wherever you are – on or off campus. These virtual tours provide a 360-degree view and information to help you choose where to have your next workout or some friendly competition with other GCU students.

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Student Fitness Centers

GCU provides an environment where students can stay active and live a healthy lifestyle. Three fully equipped student fitness centers are available on campus in the following residential locations. Students have access to strength equipment, free weights, cardio machines and fun fitness activities and classes like Zumba, yoga and more.

  • Chaparral Fitness Center:
    • 602-639-7451
  • Juniper Fitness Center:
    • 602-639-7823
  • Papago II Fitness Center:
    • 602-639-8413

Student Fitness Centers Hours

Monday – Friday: 6 am – midnight
Saturday – Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm

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Canyon Activity Center

The Canyon Activity Center (CAC) is the new home for student recreation at GCU, giving students the opportunity to play, workout and relax with friends in a spacious environment. This 136,000-square-foot facility houses basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts, a weight room, a climbing wall, a DEK roller hockey rink and outdoor fields. You’ll also find pingpong tables, arcade games, a full-service Lopes Mart and a lounge area with TVs, couches and Wi-Fi. The center is located on Missouri Avenue between 29th Avenue and 30th Drive.

Due to the popularity of current activities at the center, we recommend calling the front desk to check availability.

Canyon Activity Center Contact


Canyon Activity Center Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – midnight
Saturday – Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm


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Lopes Performance Center

Our beautiful 55,000-square-foot recreation center features three full-size basketball courts as the centerpiece of this multipurpose facility. The Performance Athletic Center (PAC) on the ground level is used for training student-athletes. The second floor of the LPC is dedicated for student fitness space where you can use a variety of free weights, weight machines, cardio and core equipment. Looking for a workout plan? We have you covered with a variety of offerings and resources to help get you on the right fitness track.

Lopes Performance Center Contact


Lopes Performance Center Hours

Monday - Friday: 6 am – midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm

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