Lied Recreation Athletic Center

Lied Rec Center

Lied Recreation Athletic Center was built in 1990 and serves as the recreation center on the east side of campus. Found next to the Maple, Willow, Larch residence hall complex, Lied has an array of activities to suit your workout needs or to just have some fun!


Lied Recreation Athletic Center
518 Beach Rd.
Ames, IA 50011-1430
Service Desk ph#515-294-7140


Pay-for-parking spaces are available to use on the south side of the building in Lot 100. General Parking spaces west of Lied may be used weeknights after 5:30 PM – 7:00 AM and on weekends – Friday after 5:30 PM until Monday 7:00 AM.


All users, omitting guests, must present a valid ISUCard encrypted with the current version number in order to gain access to State Gymnasium. See Membership for detailed information on who can use the facility and cost for passes and locker rental. Guests must show a current photo ID to gain entrance.

Equipment Checkout

Recreation equipment for daily use may be checked out at the Lied Service Desk by presenting a valid ISUCard encrypted with the current version number. Volleyballs, basketballs,  racquetball racquets, eye-guards and other equipment are available for checkout. Racquetballs are also available for purchase at the Service Desk.

Family Hours

Those with current Rec Pass holders, that are 18 years or older, have the ability to bring guests under the age of 18 during family hours and another adult dependent/guest. Each Rec Pass holder would be allowed up to four children plus one other adult dependent/guest. Click here for rates, restrictions and policies.

Family Hours at State Gym, Beyer, and Lied Recreation Center are Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. These hours may vary during holiday periods. Please confirm facilities hours for availability.

Facility Reservations

Space is available to reserve for tournaments, student groups and special programs. A Facility Request Form must be submitted two weeks prior to the event.

Iowa State Athletics has priority over the 1st floor track and turf area which is closed Monday-Friday 2PM – 6PM Fall and Spring semesters for track practice when classes are in session.

Click here for a schedule of facility reservations.

Facility includes:

  • 20 Basketball Courts
  • 8 Badminton/Volleyball Courts
  • 50YD x 60YD Artificial Turf
  • 8 Racquetball Courts
  • 2 Indoor Tracks – Upper track- 5.5 laps/1 mile  – Lower track- 5.33 laps/1 mile
  • 94 Pieces of weight and cardio equipment with cable television and phone connection
  • Bouldering Wall
  • Locker rooms with lockers to rent
  • Men’s & Women’s Steam Rooms
  • Day Use Lockers (located on the 3rd floor) – No overnight storage/Locks reset & lockers cleared out every evening before close
  • Stretching / Warm-Up Area
  • Boxing Studio
  • Functional training equipment space
  • Student Lounge Area


Jan Facilty Hours

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM