Facilities

The Joe Frank Sanderson Center

Opened in 1998, the Joe Frank Sanderson Center is Mississippi State's $19 million state-of-the-art recreation facility. Providing 150,000 square feet of recreation areas, the Sanderson Center has become one of the most popular student areas on campus. The Center is accessible to persons with disabilities.

  • 2 Gymnasia
  • 1/8-mile Jogging Track
  • 8 Racquetball Courts
  • 500,000 gallon indoor swimming pool
  • Rec Room with table tennis
  • Large Outdoor Sunning Deck
  • Strength and Aerobic Conditioning Room
  • Climbing Wall
  • 3 Aerobics/Dance Studios
  • Food Service Area
  • Conference and Training Rooms
  • Locker Rooms
  • Equipment Issue and Sales

Sanderson Center Reservations

Activity areas of the Sanderson Center may be reserved by contacting the Sanderson Center Manager at 325-8965 or via email at pnn3@saffairs.msstate.edu. Reservation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to availability of the space. As per University OP64.01, those using facilities may be required to reimburse for any costs incident to the use of the facility and are required to pay a fee when the use of the facility is for the purpose of producing revenue (hourly rate + 10% of any gate fee).

  • Aerobic Studios

    The Joe Frank Sanderson Center offers 3 aerobic studios for a number of different activities.

    • Studio A, the largest of the 3 studios at 3824 square feet, is designed for dancing and aerobics. It will accommodate approximately 60 people. The studio features mirrored walls and mats. The sound system is restricted to Recreational Sports employees and university course instructors.
    • Studio B is geared toward martial arts and combative sports such as boxing and kickboxing. It is 2324 square feet and will accommodate approximately 40 people. The studio features padded walls, a heavy bag and stretching/ballet bars. The sound system is restricted to Recreational Sports employees and university course instructors.
    • Studio C, at 1880 square feet, is an all-purpose studio featuring mirrored walls, mats, and privacy curtain. It can be used for most all activities and will accommodate approximately 30 people. Groups needing privacy to practice dance routines or other activities will be assigned to Studio C.
    Organization Hourly Rate
    University Related Organization No Charge
    Other Organization $30 Per Studio
  • Auxiliary Gym

    The Sanderson Center's Auxiliary Gym has a capacity for 785 people. The Auxiliary gym can be configured to set up 2 basketball courts or 2 volleyball courts or 1 basketball court with arena seating. The gym also features 2 electronic scoreboards and bleachers with the capacity to seat 200.

    The Auxiliary Gym is available for reservation except when intramurals are in session or when a HPERS class is scheduled. This allows us to always accommodate our patrons with open recreation opportunities. There may be other times that are not suitable for reservation as well - these times will be determined by the Sanderson Center Manager.

    Organization Hourly Rate
    University Related Organization No Charge
    Other Organization $35 (1 Court)
    Other Organization $60 (entire gym)
  • Conference Room

    The boardroom style Sanderson Conference Room is a designed to accommodate up to 20 people. It features a drop-down projection screen, dry erase whiteboards, a podium, and a live Ethernet connection.

    Organization Hourly Rate
    University Related Organization No Charge
    Other Organizations $30
  • Officials Training Center

    The Sanderson Center's OTC (Officials training Center) is a classroom-style facility designed to accommodate up to 40 people + instructors. The room features a dry erase whiteboard, TV + VCR, a podium and a powered multimedia projection screen as well as a live Ethernet connection.

    Organization Hourly Rate
    University Related Organization No Charge
    Other Organization $30
  • Swimming Pool Parties

    For information about hosting a pool party at the Sanderson Center, please visit our pool party page: http://www.recsports.msstate.edu/programs-and-activities/aquatics/parties-events/.

  • Other Activity Spaces

    Other activity spaces that may be reserved include the Rec. Room, Climbing Wall, and Lounge. Activity areas that may not be reserved are the Strength & Aerobic Conditioning Room and the track. The Main Gym may be reserved under special circumstances only as approved by the Sanderson Center Manager and the Director of Recreational Sports.

Court Reservations

  • For All Courts

    • The phone number for court reservations is 325-7529.
    • Reservation privileges are for MSU students and Joe Frank Sanderson members only.
    • Reservations will be taken a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 48 hours in advance.
    • Reservations are made on the hour.
    • NO SAME DAY RESERVATIONS
  • Racquetball Courts

    • Courts 1-4 are on the Lower Level
    • Courts 5-8 are on the Upper Level
    • Maximum court reservation per day is 2 hours for one court. One hour for the caller and one hour for the caller's partner.
    • Reservations are lost if the patron is not on the court 15 minutes past the hour of reservation.
    • Protective eyewear is required.
    • Non marking shoes are required.
    • Shirts are required.
  • Wallyball

    • A sport played on a racquetball court which has some of the principles of volleyball.
    • Wallyballs may be checked out through Equipment Issue with a MSU ID.
    • Maximum court reservation is 2 hours.
    • Reservation is lost if players are not on the court at 15 minutes past the hour.
    • Non marking shoes are required.
    • Shirts are required.