At 4 p.m. on any weekday, students rush into the Ramsey Student Center to hop on a machine as they try to beat the rapidly growing crowd of students.
Construction for Ramsey was completed in 1995. According to UGA’s website, Ramsey is made up of three gyms, three pools, an 1/8 mile rubberized track, a 44 feet high rock climbing wall, 14-foot outdoor bouldering wall, 10 racquetball courts, two squash courts, bicycle repair stands, eight full-length basketball courts, and 19,000 square feet of training space.
“Ramsey has more equipment and classes than students even know about,” says Facility Operations Staff Member, Shelby McCaskill. “It’s a great facility because it offers so much.”
Originally named the Student Physical Activities Center upon opening, the facility was renamed in February 1996 for benefactors Bernard B. and Eugenia A. Ramsey.
Ramsey is an exceptional facility, and Sports Illustrated ranked it as the best recreational center in 2002, according to an Online Athens article.
On Sept. 18, 2015, Ramsey turned 20 years old. According to the Red and Black, Ramsey underwent renovations in the main lobby, the Strength and Conditioning 1 room, the Gym Central hallway, the Spectator Lobby and also gained the outdoor challenge course in honor of this birthday.
Ramsey has become a popular spot for UGA students with the recent renovations; however, it still has its problems just like any other facility. The parking deck near Ramsey is not free to park at until 4 p.m., so students arrive all at once when the clock strikes five.
“Once it’s four, Ramsey is jam packed. People have to wait to use machines,” says McCaskill. “It’s definitely calmer during the day, but it’s still busy.”
About 4,808 people visit Ramsey per day. The majority of these visitors are students, but about 9% of the university’s faculty and staff benefit from the facility as well, according to an UGA article.
Ramsey also offers 109 fitness classes for those who can’t find a machine during the busy hours or would just like to try something different.