An artist's rendering of the front exterior of the new Natatorium

Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center

About the Project

The new Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center will be the second building project of the Master Plan and the third project overall. Construction is currently underway and expected to complete in 2023.

In the Bakke (bah-kee) Center, Active Badgers can look forward to square footage for wellbeing services (including spaces to support mental health), a 25-yard recreational pool, 8 basketball courts, an ice sheet, expanded fitness areas, multipurpose studios, and an indoor jogging track. To build upon our inclusive design efforts at the Nicholas Recreation Center, we will continue to prioritize an easy-to-navigate, efficient, and flexible building. There will also be all-gender showers and locker areas to accommodate all members and visitors.

Compared to the Nicholas Recreation Center’s bustling downtown location, we are excited for the unique opportunities this project presents, namely its proximity to Lake Mendota and the Lakeshore Path. We look forward to presenting campus with a unique facility that fulfills the needs of current and future Badgers to come.

Leave a Legacy

None of our building projects would be possible without the immense generosity of our friends and supporters. A donation to the new Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center will help us better support Badgers’ mental and physical health while shaping the future of recreation on campus for generations to come.

Learn more about gift opportunities

Live Building Usage

Level 1 Fitness

Level 2 Fitness

Level 3 Fitness

Level 4 Fitness

Bakke Track

Courts 1&2

Courts 3&4

Courts 5-8


Willow Room

SubZero Ice Center

Cove Pool

Project Scope & Features

Total Budget: $95 million
270,087 gross square feet
195,446 assignable square feet
8 Basketball courts
1/8 to 1/5 of a mile track
25 yard recreation pool
Ice Center and hockey locker room
Men’s, Women’s and all gender locker room
4 multipurpose studios
33,778 sq ft of fitness space
Nap pod room
Teaching kitchen
Bouldering & climbing wall
3 sport simulators