The 270,000 sq. ft. complex can host up to 11,000 people and countless memorable Temple basketball games. It draws some of the most recognizable artists to stage, as well as many big-ticketed shows and plays.
The TECH Center
Campus’ state-of-the-art technology – and occasional sleeping – facility, the mostly 24-hour TECH Center boasts a plethora of specialized labs, study lounge areas, 13 breakout rooms, 700 computers, a Starbucks Cafe and a vending machine that judiciously carries toothbrushes. The facility only closes at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
IBC (International Blue Cross Recreation Center)
Frequented daily by more than 1,000 students, the $5.2 million recreational center is comprised of three floors: a weight room stacked with more than 5,200 pounds of dumbbells and the latest in machinery, including a climbing machine, and an outdoor basketball court, rests on the first floor; aerobic, yoga, and other fitness classes, as well as racquetball games, are held on the second floor, where the sound of heavy breathing is only eclipsed by the treadmills and elliptical trainers that induce it; a 314-meter, three-lane track offers breathtaking views from above, as well as several workout stations scattered around the circumference. The IBC is located on 15th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue and is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., with hours extended on Thursday to midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Insomniacs’ campus eatery of choice, the Owl’s Nest serves pizza, Buffalo wings and non-alcoholic beverages until 3 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and until 1 a.m. on Sunday through Wednesday. The hangout, located at 2010 N. Broad St., is adorned with Temple memorabilia and offers a pool table and an arcade.
More than twice the size it was a year ago, the Student Center, located at 1755 N. 13th St., is the campus’s mecca for entertainment. The South section opens up to a TV lounge and a game room that provides billiards, ping pong and air hockey for a small fee and complimentary foosball. The entertainment goes downhill from there; The Underground, a performance venue with great lighting and acoustics, and the Reel, a 160-seat movie theater, both come at rock-bottom prices and dwell in the basement. The older North section, more commonly known as the SAC (Student Activity Center), is comprised of a below-ground bookstore, a first-floor food court, and a second-floor study lounge. Open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.