Project Description

Arizona State University

Sun Devil Fitness Complex Tempe

On August 21, 1989, Arizona State University demonstrated its dedication to healthy lifestyles and exercise by opening the Student Recreation Complex.

The Sun Devil Fitness Complex (SDFC), as it is now known, consists of indoor activity space as well as outdoor fields and courts. The SDFC is intended for use by the ASU community and offers a variety of memberships.

The 2013 expansion of SDFC Tempe continues to support healthy lifestyles, further engages students, and builds community through enhanced recreation and wellness programming in fitness, intramurals, sport clubs, aquatics, and drop-in play.

The project involves an additional state-of-the-art weight and fitness area that includes cardiovascular and strength equipment and free weights; two multipurpose studios for group fitness classes and student sport/activity clubs; both a three-court and a two-court gymnasium for sports and campus events; a multi-activity court (MAC) gymnasium; and a wellness suite for massage as well as other wellness programs and services.


  • School Enrollment: 84,000
  • Average Daily Participation: 6,500
  • Most Recent Renovation: 2013
  • Total Construction Cost: $24.5 million
  • Gross Square Feet: 234,000
  • LEED Designation: Platinum

Other ASU facilities


  • 1,000,000-gallon outdoor pool with 18-foot pitchfork in the pool that is visible by airplanes flying into and out of Phoenix
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • When walking into the building, there is a welcome sign in the top 20 most common languages spoken at ASU
  • Both the men’s and women’s locker rooms have over 1,000 lockers available for rental
  • Over 150 cardio machines
  • Bike Co-Op offers students a place to bring their bikes for repairs and maintenance
  • Neptune Radio customized to the Sun Devil Fitness Complex; showcases customizable music and departmental promotions
  • Our water filling stations saved over 1.5 million bottles of water in the facility this past year
  • The roof of the Sun Devil Fitness Complex is covered in solar panels that, in part, heat the water for the pool and showers
  • New day use lockers installed in the facility over the past year are made of recycled plastic
  • Low flow sustainable shower heads
  • LED lights have been retrofitted for both the SDFC and band fields as well as the pool; they are replacing old metal halide HID lights
  • Over 100,000 total workout hours logged via PreCor cardio equipment annually
  • Annually hosts over 550 events throughout the Sun Devil Fitness Complex
  • The SDFC fields were the protest site for the 2004 Presidential Debate
  • The SDFC Maroon Gym was the media overflow site for the 2004 Presidential Debate
  • Would install additional second level storage.
  • Would not install two different member management systems for access to the facility; we currently use both Fusion and Isaac.
  • We installed MAC Court flooring during expansion, but the product from Mats Inc has not performed as expected.
  • We have had to field issues with space and high usage.
  • Would include decorative walls near the entrance of the facility.
  • We installed VCT tile in the main hallways that has slowly over time eroded and exposed the polished concrete below.
  • Would not have put the combat room right next to offices since the noise level is not conducive to getting work done.
  • None

Architect Information

  • Design Architect: Cannon Design/Gabor Larant Architecture
  • General Contractor: Gilbane; Renovation
  • Design Architect: Sasaki/Studio Ma Architecture
  • Aquatic Design Consultant: Shasta
  • University Architect: John Meredith

Address & Information

  • Address: 400 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85287
  • Phone: 480-965-8900
  • Website:
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