Wednesday, November 1
Tour A: Towson University, Loyola University and University of Maryland-College Park
Join AB Show and NIRSA on a tour of several beautiful Baltimore-area facilities.
The first stop on this tour takes us to Towson University's Campus Recreation Center, which opened a 94,000 square-foot expansion and renovation in 2018 for a total of 235,000 square feet. The recreation and fitness center includes 22,000 square feet of fitness floor space; an indoor pool; multipurpose wood-floored gymnasiums and rubber-floored activity courts; five fitness studios, including a skills studio with a retractable heavy bag system, speed bags and other equipment used for boxing; a sprint hill; a functional training area complete with turf flooring; and a new outdoor adventure center. Fitness Floor 2 of Burdick Hall will be gaining a new individualized workout space area. This area will be state-of-the-art and offer a range of equipment from kettlebells, dumbbells, battle ropes, resistance bands and more! The space is slotted to be opened in Fall 2023.
Next on the tour is Loyola's Fitness and Aquatic Center (FAC), which features the Mangione Aquatic Center, with its 14-lane, 25-yard pool; a 6,000-square-foot fitness center; a two-court gymnasium; a multi-activity court; a 30-foot indoor climbing wall; an elevated walking/jogging track; an outdoor adventure center; a functional fitness area and much more.
Following these two universities, you will travel to University of the University of Maryland-College Park, where you will have lunch and spend the remainder of the afternoon. Located on North Campus, the Geary F. Eppley Recreation Center is an open and welcoming multipurpose facility that offers a wide variety of activities, including cardio and weight training, basketball, racquetball and squash, swimming and badminton, as well as group fitness classes. Since opening in 1998, Eppley Recreation Center has become UMD’s go-to place to be active.
The Natatorium, located in the center, serves as one of the premier indoor swimming complexes in the region. The natatorium serves as the primary lap swimming venue for UMD students and RecWell members. This facility also has the ability to host large-scale swim meets and dive competitions, along with other aquatic activities such as log rolling tournaments, water-based obstacle courses and water polo.
Lastly, located in the center of campus, Jones-Hill House is the new home for Maryland Football - including coaches' offices, team meeting spaces, locker room, dining facility, and indoor and outdoor football practice fields. The state-of-the-art facility also features world-class strength, conditioning, and hydrotherapy facilities, advanced physical assessment, and diagnostic technology and embraces a holistic performance approach, including career and nutrition support.
Cost: $65. (lunch included).
Wednesday, November 1
Tour B: Johns Hopkins University and Under Armour Headquarters
Spend the day touring one of the newest facilities in the Baltimore region, along with a behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest athletic brands in the industry
Kicking off this tour, you will see one of the most recent additions to America’s oldest private research facilities, Johns Hopkins University. Comprising both a new structure and a renovation of existing facilities, the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center Expansion increases the size of the current Center by 30,000 square feet – including a new state of the art fitness center – elevating it to the campus’s foremost social and wellness hub. Included in this expansion is new and renovated administrative and public spaces; a café; weights, cardio and program areas; a student wellness center and exterior terrace.
Next we will take the trek to the current Under Armour headquarters in Baltimore's Tide Point neighborhood. After significant renovations and additions to 5 buildings of the historic Proctor and Gamble Soap Company in Baltimore, Under Armour, calls this their global headquarters. Here, attendees will take a tour of their world-class fitness center complete with cardio, studios and outdoor turf/fitness gyms; multi-use space; The Journey, which showcases UA’s humble beginnings, and where they are today; The Arena; and The Studios. From there, attendees will travel to Under Armour’s new global headquarters at Port Covington in Baltimore. Home to UA’s design teams, this is where the magic happens. Attendees will tour B37, along with The House, which opened March 2023 and has a full-sized football field surrounded by an 8-lane track and 1400-person seating.
Cost: $65 (lunch included).