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Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics facilities


Van Vliet Centre

Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome)

Saville Community Sports Centre (SCSC)

Foote Field

The Winslow and Christian Hamilton Memorial Pool

High Performance Training and Research Centre (HPTRC)

Van Vliet Centre

North Campus facilities are housed in the Van Vliet Centre, named for the faculty's founding dean, Dr. Maury Van Vliet.

Dr. Van Vliet served the University from 1945 to 1978 as a teacher, coach and administrator.

Facilities in this Centre include:

  • The Clare Drake Arena (Ice Hockey)
  • Main Gymnasium with 3 basketball, 4 volleyball and 12 badminton courts
  • Aquatic Centre with two indoor pools
  • Nine lecture theatres and classrooms
  • Dance studio with 2 volleyball and 4 badminton courts
  • 10 squash courts
  • 3 multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • 3 racquetball courts
  • Weight training area
  • Equipment Room  - handles sports equipment, towel service, locker rentals for use in the VVC.
  • Fitness and Lifestyle Centre  - contains cardiovascular and strength-training equipment
  • The Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement  is a disability research centre and specialised fitness centre for people with physical disabilities
  • Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic - provides physiotherapy and therapeutic massage services

Van Vliet Centre Usage and Access

The Van Vliet Centre can be found marked as number 82 on the West-Central campus map.

About the Saville Community Sports Centre

The Saville Community Sports Centre (SCSC) is a 32516 m2 multi-sport facility managed and operated by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. The facility is named after Edmonton businessman and philanthropist Bruce Saville who contributed substantially to both construction phases.

The recent addition of the West wing completed in September 2011, and donated to the University of Alberta by the GO Sports partners: Edmonton Grads Youth Basketball Association, Ortona Gymnastics and the Edmonton Volleyball Association, represents the tireless efforts of these partners to realise a dream to build a place that would welcome athletes of all abilities to play sport, learn new skills, practice true gamesmanship and reach their athletic potential.

The Centre is the home of the Golden Bears and Pandas basketball, curling, tennis and volleyball teams, and houses the Canadian Curling Association National Training Centre, Tennis Canada High Performance Tennis Development Centre, and Team Ortona Gymnastics. 

It provides programming and services to sport enthusiasts at all levels, from recreational athletes to Olympic champions.

Customer Service Hours

Phone 780-492-1000 - please ask for the East or West Wing depending on the sport you're enquiring about.
Customer Service Hours September 1 to April 30 
(Curling, tennis, fitness centre - East Wing)
September 1 to August 31
(Basketball, volleyball, gymnastics - West Wing)
Monday to Friday 0645-2230 0800-2200
Saturday 0800-2230 0730-2200
Sunday 0730-2100
  May 1 to August 31  
Monday to Friday 0645-2215
Saturday and Sunday 0800-2215

Please contact the customer service desk to confirm hours of operation for each sport-specific operation.

Amenities and features

  • 8 indoor tennis courts
  • 10 curling sheets
  • Fitness centre
  • Fitness studio
  • Indoor track 
  • Competition gym (seating for 2800)
  • Ortona Gymnastics facility 
  • 12 basketball courts
  • 25 volleyball courts
  • 30 badminton courts
  • Conference rooms 
  • Locker rentals: gold and general locker rooms  
  • Food, beverage and catering services
  • Balmoral Lounge (licensed) 
  • “Kevin’s Rocks n Racquets” pro shop


Parking at South Campus

  • Parking is available at no charge for users of the Saville Community Sports Centre while using the facilities. Park and Ride is not permitted.

From May to September the SCSC offers a variety of outdoor tennis programming at the Faculty’s Outdoor Tennis Centre located at 51 Avenue and 121 Street.

Location and Contact Information

Saville Community Sports Centre
11610-65 Avenue (University of Alberta South Campus)
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2E1
Phone: 780-492-1000 

About Foote Field

Foote Field a multi-sport facility named for its benefactor, Eldon Foote, University of Alberta alumnus, philanthropist and businessman, who had, during his lifetime, a great love of track and field sports in which he also competed and excelled. Mr. Foote donated $2 million towards the construction of the sports complex named in his honour.

It is the home of the University of Alberta’s high-performance sport teams, the Golden Bears and Pandas,  in track and field, football, soccer and rugby.

The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre, a research centre affiliated with the Faculty, is housed at Foote Field. Lead by Dr. Jim Denison, the Centre is a legacy of the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, and is the hub for coaching education in Canada.

Hours of Operation

  December 1 - March 31 April 1 to November  30
Monday to Friday






 Hours may change owing to special events

Facilities include

  • Premier grass field
  • 4 natural grass fields
  • Artificial turf field 
  • Running track and throwing area
  • Conference and meeting rooms
  • 8 locker rooms
  • Audio-visual equipment to accommodate conferences, seminars and classes.
    • Additional set up charges may apply. Please inquire.


  • Foote Field facilities may be rented  for games, practices, meetings, events and social functions. For rental rates and information, please call 780-492-6835
  • Foote Field is part of the City of Edmonton's Joint Use Agreement and some rental requests may be forwarded to the City of Edmonton's booking office


  • Free parking is available for members and guests while using Foote Field or Saville Community Sports Centre facilities. No park and ride permitted.

Aquatic Centre

The Aquatic Centre houses two large indoor pools: the East Pool and the Winslow and Christian Hamilton Memorial Pool, commonly known as the West Pool

Both are located in the Van Vliet Centre - one in the East Wing and one in the West Wing. 

The pools are used for a wide variety of programming and are open for use by students, staff, faculty members and community members.

Hours of use

We offer

  • learn-to-swim classes for children and adults
  • morning fitness swim
  • aquatic fitness classes
  • certifications and recertifications
  • PADI diving certification preparation
  • Kayaking lessons and kayak roll clinic

Our vision is

To save lives through the teaching of water safety, learn to swim programs, and lifesaving programs.

Our Mission is

To create excitement about aquatic sports and activities through educational experiences.

Our Values are

  • To engender excitement, enjoyment, and energy in the water
  • To offer high quality instructional activities delivered by certified instructors
  • To promote healthy, active lifestyle through aquatic activities
  • To provide safe, fun environments for participants to discover the world of aquatics

Aquatic Centre

W1-75 Van Vliet Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2H9



Aquatic supervisor


The Universiade Pavilion

A multi-sports facility and legacy of the 1983 Universiade Games, the Pavilion houses:

  • Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics
  • A 6-lane, 200 m indoor track
  • 4 basketball/volleyball/tennis courts
  • 4 badminton courts
  • Long jump and pole vault
  • Indoor soccer/field hockey
  • Wrestling room
  • Climbing wall