Learn about UVic's world-class athletic and recreational facilities

UVic students are above-average users of their athletic facilities when compared to students across Canada. To accommodate their needs, UVic offers a wide range of athletic and recreation facilities, also available to faculty, staff and the community. These include the new CARSA facility, McKinnon Gym and Pool, Outdoor artificial turfs and world-class field hockey pitch, as well as the Ian Stewart Ice rink.


To rent a facility, please contact Tracy Moir, Bookings Clerk, at atrsbook@uvic.ca or 250-472-4652

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Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA)

The Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) is the new home of the University of Victoria Vikes. This world-class facility opened in May 2015 and boasts over 190,000 sq. ft. of floor space. CARSA includes a 2,100-seat performance gym, a huge multipurpose fieldhouse, a two-level fitness weight training area, a Peninsula Co-op Climbing Centre, dance space, dedicated TRX and spin classrooms, yoga studios, squash and racquetball courts, a rowing ergometer centre, a sports injury clinic and snack bar/refereshment facilities. It is also home of CanAssist, which develops technologies, programs and services that help people with disabilities improve their quality of life. For more information, click here


Centennial Stadium

The 5,000 seat Centennial Stadium is Victoria’s main attraction for hosting high-profile sporting events. The stadium hosted the 1994 Commonwealth Games and has since hosted other major events including the 2000 BC Summer Games, the 2000 and 2004 Canadian Track and Field Olympic Trials, the 2003 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Cup Tournament and the annual International Track Classic. The Vikes have also hosted several CIS Soccer Championships, most recently the men’s in 2011 and the women’s in 2012. Click here for availability.

McKinnon Building and Gym

The McKinnon Building and Gym were the former home of the UVic Vikes athletic department offices and Vikes basketball teams. It houses the UVic Sports Hall of Fame inductees from 2002-2015, an indoor pool, and a 2,500-seat triple gymnasium. The basketball court itself was named “Ken and Kathy Shields Court” in 2002, honouring UVic’s legendary basketball coaches. McKinnon hosted the 1993 CIS women’s basketball national championships, a 1999 Vancouver Grizzlies NBA intra-squad game, and continually ranked near the top of attendance totals in the Canada West conference. The 25-metre indoor pool is one of the training venues for the Vikes swimming team. As of May 2015, the UVic Athletics and Recreation department moved offices, the varsity team rooms and athletic therapy clinics and Vikes basketball competition to CARSA. Click here for availability

Field Hockey Turf

The field hockey turf was originally sand-based and built for the 1994 Commonwealth Games. In 2006 it was renovated and replaced with a water-based artificial playing surface of international standards. The current playing surface is regarded as one of the best of its kind in Canada. In May 2008, the turf hosted the World Hockey Olympic Qualifier tournament and later that summer hosted the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team pre-Olympic training camp. UVic was host to the CIS National Field Hockey Championships recently in 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015. 

Wallace Field

Home of the Vikes rugby programs, Wallace Field is a full-size grass rugby pitch with seating for 500. Named after former UVic President Robert Wallace, the field was reopened in the eighties and has hosted numerous national team try-out and training camps. In 2005 the Vikes hosted the CIS women's rugby national championships at Wallace Field

Artifical Fields (2A and 2B)

Vikes artificial turf fields are multi-sport, all-weather surfaces that have been home to various activities including field lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, ultimate and much, much more. Field 2A and 2B can each host a full-size soccer match, while a full-size soccer field can also span both fields to allow for spectators, which was the case for the Canada West men's soccer quarter-finals hosted in 2014. Click here for availability

Artificial Turf (Field 3)

Vikes artificial turf fields are multi-sport surfaces that have been home to various activities including field lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, ultimate and much, much more.  Field 3 is often used as a secondary training ground for the varsity rugby programs as well as intramural sports such as ultimate, softball and soccer. Click here for availability