I’m sure that we all have visited or at least seen the Tinsley Center before. Some of us take may take a few classes there, some of us just pass by it on the bus ride to Spring Street, and some of us may even spend a few hours there every week working on our fitness, but when you really take the time to look at the Tinsley Center, you realize how beautiful of a building it really is. I decided to take a closer look at the place to give our readers a better sense of all the amenities Tinsley has to offer.
Thornburg Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is a great place for all students to get in shape, and work off a few of those Crimson cheeseburgers. They have plenty of new, state-of-the-art equipment for you to take advantage of. Most machines, like the elliptical, treadmills, and cycling machines, have places for you to plug your iPods into, which allows them to charge as you listen to your perfect workout playlist. The best part? It’s way more affordable than the other gyms in the area. For just $100, BSU students get unlimited access for the entire year, but if you want to try it out for a day before signing on the dotted line, day passes are just $5.
Tinsley also has three full basketball courts. The first and most obvious one is the one used by BSU’s basketball and volleyball teams. The facilities managers do a great job of keeping this court in pristine condition and it always looks brand new. Most of the time, only student athletes who have practice on that side of Tinsley are allowed to use it, but if you ever get a chance to check it out on game day, be sure to do so!
The other side of the “Tinsley curtain” is the multipurpose court. This court is used for all intramural sports including basketball, soccer, badminton, or flag football. BSU athletic teams such as baseball, softball and tennis also are allowed to use the court. The clay-like material the floor is made from really gives it true versatility.
Atop the basketball courts is the Tinsley Center’s walking and jogging track. This 32,000 square foot track is great for any runner who wants to stay in shape during the winter, but doesn’t want to bundle up for those sub-zero temperatures. It’s free for all students to use, so if you want to start getting active without hitting the gym, the track is a cost-effective alternative that will at least get you started on the road to fitness.
The Conference Room
This is where the “serious business” takes place. The Tinsley Center’s conference room is designed for team meetings, faculty meetings, and anything of that nature. It is equipped with the latest technology including an iPod dock, DVD player, internet access, and an HDMI cable. It even has a VCR…for those who still know what that is.
The Tinsley Center is easily one of the most useful buildings on campus and it’s a shame that some students never get to fully experience it. Take a (long) walk down there sometime and check it out sometime!
What is your favorite part of the Tinsley Center? What would you like to see be added to the building?