Wells Fargo vs. Alaska Airlines Center: Battle of the on-campus sports facilities

Working out is a very important part of any human’s life. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity can relieve stress and curb the symptoms of depression. That’s why good workout facilities on campus are so important. When students are affected by academic stresses throughout most of the semester, they need a place to be active and to relieve that stress.

UAA currently has 2 workout facilities on campus: The Wells Fargo Sports Complex (WFSC) and The Alaska Airlines Center (AAC). Each has its own benefits, but non-athletes say there is some left to be desired from campus workout facilities as a whole. Let’s examine the respective benefits of each facility:

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  • 17 strength training machines
  • 6 bikes
  • 2 stair steppers
  • 4 treadmills
  • 1 row machine
  • 3 racks of dumbbells
  • 1 squat rack
  • 2 bench presses
  • 17 medicine
  • 5 yoga balls

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  • 2 strength training machines
  • 4 bikes
  • 3 ellipticals
  • 4 treadmills
  • 1 dumbbell rack


At first glance the WFSC has much more to offer the students, especially regarding weight-bearing exercise. But despite this, students still feel that more could be offered though.

“Wells Fargo could be better, more free weights, more squat racks, people not curling in the squat racks,” said mechanical engineering major Nick Hazelton. “(An) incline bench press is definitely necessary – they don’t have one readily set up.”

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The AAC does not have as many options for general students to weight lift, but the facility has better hours. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., as opposed to the complex schedule the WHSC has in place to accommodate for physical education classes.

The treadmills and ellipticals in the AAC also have monitors, so students can connect to Netflix and watch movies while they work out.

The AAC has an extravagant workout room that is exclusive to university athletes. Some students feel they were shorted in the AAC workout facilities because the athletes-only facility at the AAC is much larger and has more equipment.

“The workout room is already too small to be in, compared to the athlete’s room.” said junior nursing major, Julie Medez. “With that being said, I think it’s only fair to have options. We don’t have to be scholar athletes to have access to state-of-the-art sports facilities. We deserve to be part of the activities at the Alaska Airlines Center workout facilities as students of UAA.”

Medez is currently working with the Residence Hall Association to transform the former workout room in the Gorusch Commons into a yoga studio.

The general consensus is that the workout facilities could be expanded. There is room for improvement at either facility.

When asked about the workout facilities on campus, sophomore engineering major Garrison Theroux said, “They both suck.”

Until the facilities get expanded, if ever, students who want to lift weights should go to the WFSC because it offers more weight lifting options. But if cardio-focused students want to watch “Orange is the New Black” while running, they should go to the AAC.