Designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli, the Gerald Ratner
Athletics Center opened to the University of Chicago community in
the fall of 2003. The building is named in honor of Gerald Ratner
(A.B.'35, J.D.'37), who was an outfielder for Chicago during its
days as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Located at the southwest corner of Ellis Avenue and 56th Street,
the air-conditioned, 150,000 square-foot facility features the
50-meter x 25-yard Myers-McLoraine Swimming Pool; the Bernard
DelGiorno Fitness Center with cardiovascular exercise equipment,
selectorized weightlifting machines, and free weights; a
multipurpose dance studio; competition and auxiliary gymnasia;
classroom and meeting room space; permanent and day lockers and
locker rooms; the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame; and
the athletic department offices.
The Ratner Center also serves as the home of the University of
Chicago basketball, volleyball, and wrestling teams. The 1,658-seat
competition gymnasium has played host to the 2006 NCAA Division III
Great Lakes Regional Wrestling Championship, the 2004, 2007, and
2010 University Athletic Association Wrestling Championships, as
well as the 2009 UAA Volleyball Championship. In addition to
hosting numerous UChicago Swimming & Diving events, the
Myers-McLoraine Swimming Pool served as the the host site of the
2005, 2009 and 2013 UAA Swimming and Diving Championship and the
2009 Speedo Illinois Senior Championships.
In its first year of operation, the $51 million facility
received awards from the American Council of Engineering Company,
the American Institute of Steel Construction, and the Consulting
Engineers Council of Illinois for its excellence in engineering and
Among the notable features of the two-story facility is a roof
that is suspended by cables attached to five masts that peak 100
feet from the ground.
Recreational memberships are available for purchase for
University and Hospital faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees as
well as their spouses and children. Registered University students
may acquire memberships at no charge.
Regular Academic Year
Interim and Summer
|Monday-Thursday: 6 AM -
Friday: 6 AM - 9 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 8 AM - 9 PM
|Monday-Friday: 6 AM - 9
Saturday-Sunday: 8 AM - 7 PM
Bernard J. DelGiorno
The Bernard J. DelGiorno Fitness
Center within the Ratner Athletics Center occupies two levels of
the facility plus the rotunda area. Open and full of light, the
fitness center includes two selectorized weight circuits, free
weights, rowing ergometers, elliptical trainers, recumbent and
upright bicycles, step mills, and treadmills – many with
cardio theatre options.
Additional fitness center
opportunities are available at Henry Crown Field House, which
include cardio, resistance, and weight training equipment.
The Ratner Center houses a
competition gym and auxiliary gym, both of which are available to
recreational users. The Competition Gym features a practice and
game site for varsity basketball, volleyball, and wrestling which
converts to two recreational courts.
The Auxiliary Gym includes a
multipurpose court that allows for indoor soccer, as well as
basketball, volleyball, and badminton.
The most prominent feature of the
Ratner Center is the Myers-McLoraine swimming pool. The 50-meter by
25-yard pool includes up to 20 lanes in the 25-yard dimension and
nine lanes in the 50-meter dimenson, and contains a moveable
bulkhead which allows for simultaneous activities.
In addition, two one-meter diving
boards are available. The pool depth ranges from four feet in the
shallow section to 13.5 feet in the diving well.
The University of Chicago varsity
athletic teams practice and compete on the fields located directly
behind the Ratner Athletics Center. The Maroons play football and
softball at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field, baseball at J. Kyle Anderson
Field and hold meets on Ted Haydon Track.