An Active City in More Than One Way
Whether cheering on one of UT’s powerhouse intercollegiate teams or one of Knoxville’s professional teams, biking through the greenways of the city, or getting into the zone at the Tennessee Recreational Center for Students (TRECS), there are numerous ways to stay active 365 days a year.
Here in Knoxville, Big Orange is a big deal year-round. A perennial powerhouse in several sports, the University of Tennessee fields eighteen men’s and women’s NCAA Division I intercollegiate teams and is home to more than 500 student-athletes. Just as devoted to sport as UT’s student-athletes, Volunteer fans are among the nation’s most loyal. Through nail-biting championships and bitter defeats, our fans wear the orange and white as a badge of honor and belt out Rocky Top with pride.
UT has men’s teams in several sports including:
UT has women’s teams in several sports including:
- Cross Country/Track & Field
- Swimming & Diving
Knoxville and the surrounding area is home to several professional sports teams, which means that no matter what season it is there’s always a home team to cheer on.
- Hard Knox Roller Girls (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association League)
- Knoxville Force (National Premier Soccer League, Southeast Division)
- Knoxville Ice Bears (Southern Professional Hockey League)
- Tennessee Smokies (Southern League, Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs)
- Knoxville Nighthawks (Professional Indoor Football League)
Knoxville’s elevated location within the mountains allows for a climate that is perfect for outdoor recreation all days of the year. Summers are cooler here than areas to the south and west and winters are generally cool and dry. There’s a little something for everyone with 86 miles of paved greenway and natural trails as well as access to one of the nation’s great national parks. During the winter months, residents can take to the slopes for some skiing and during the summer can paddle for hours on one of the city’s blueways.
Additionally, UT’s new RecSports Field Complex boasts an impressive 38 acres of fields including two softball fields, four turf fields, four natural grass fields, and three sand volleyball courts. The facility is available for a number of activities throughout the semester from intramurals to sports clubs and informal recreation.
If you prefer to hit the gym over the greenway, there’s space for you here too! The Knoxville area is home to many national chain and locally-owned gyms and fitness clubs, many of which offer student membership rates.
However, UT’s Tennessee Recreational Center for Students (TRECS) is a short ten minute walk from the College of Law and features more amenities than most gyms and fitness clubs.
The main fitness area includes over 80 pieces of cardiovascular and over 100 strength training stations, which includes a variety of selectorized and free-weight equipment. As part of the cardiovascular selection there are 18 treadmills, 33 elliptical machines along with an in-house entertainment system that allows participants to watch and listen to their favorite TV stations or XM radio as you workout.
If swimming is more your style, be sure to check out UT’s Aquatic Center, which features two heated Olympic size swimming pools. For those who enjoy pickup games with friends or informal recreation, the Health and Physical Education Building (HPER) and The Bubble both provide multipurpose areas for additional recreational and instructional space.