The Recreation, IntraMural and Athletic Complex (RIMAC) is the cornerstone of UC San Diego's sports facilities. This nearly-200,000-square-foot facility is located just south of the 12-acre North Campus Recreation Area Field on the northwest corner of campus.
RIMAC Arena, the Triton athletic program’s centerpiece facility completed its first significant renovation in its nearly 24-year existence in September of 2018. The project modernized the arena, improves training and competition facilities for Triton student-athletes and provides fans with a first-class live event experience.
“This is an incredibly transformative time for UC San Diego and the Triton athletics program,” said Earl Edwards, UC San Diego’s director of athletics. “The modernization and renovation of RIMAC Arena is another positive step toward providing our student-athletes, fans and community with first-class facilities that are in step with the positive direction of the University. We expect current facility upgrades to serve our program well as we address the excitement and challenges associated with the transition to Division I athletics.”
UC San Diego’s complete transition to NCAA Division I athletics officially takes place in Summer 2020.
Designed by architectural firm NBBJ and constructed by Turner Construction Company, the renovation included new retractable seating, modern glass railings, a VIP skybox that accommodates approximately 125 guests and new Spaulding basket standards. The arena’s most noticeable new features include the addition of a 50’ wide Daktronics digital video display and scoreboard that span the facility’s south end as well as state-of-the-art courtside LED scorer’s tables.
The project also included the construction of a video production facility that will be capable of producing live event broadcasts for a variety of streaming and broadcast partners, including the Big West Conference’s current broadcast partner, ESPN, once the Tritons become full members of the league.
RIMAC Arena opened in January 1995 as part of the RIMAC Complex that includes Triton Soccer Stadium, Triton Softball Field, intramural and club sports fields and RIMAC Annex. Upon its completion, the complex was the largest among NCAA Division III athletic programs.
The Arena accommodates nearly 4,000 fans for Triton basketball and volleyball events and can be expanded to approximately 4,500 for concerts, guest speakers and other similar events that utilize floor seating. Floor space for the 44,000 sq ft arena can be divided into five basketball courts, which have been used in previous years by several National Basketball Association teams for preseason training camps.
Former UC San Diego men’s basketball student-athlete, Brett Stuckey ‘09, served as project manager for Turner Construction during the 2018 renovation. The 4-year letterwinner played for the Tritons from 2006-09 and served in a similar capacity for recent improvements made at Triton Ballpark.
RIMAC is a multi-purpose facility with the most advanced forms of quality control, state-of-the-art equipment and a strong staff commitment to customer service. Every room in RIMAC is climate controlled and many of the spaces feature an abundance of natural lighting. RIMAC houses the offices of the Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreation and Sports Facilities departments. RIMAC also features recreational, educational and meeting spaces which can accommodate a variety of activities.
RIMAC Arena accommodates activities ranging from large spectator events including ceremonies and concerts to athletic competitions and tournaments. The 44,000-square-foot floor is also capable of hosting large floor exhibits. The arena floor is spring loaded, employing the use of Robbins Bio-Cushion I and is curtain divisible for multi-sport use in basketball (total of five courts), volleyball and badminton. The arena is furnished with 10 retractable glass basketball backboards as well as floor plates and sleeves for volleyball and badminton.
RIMAC is home to the UC San Diego men's and women's basketball teams, along with the men's and women's volleyball squads. With enthusiastic support from both the campus and surrounding communities, the Tritons truly enjoy a home court advantage.
MAPPING RIMAC ARENA:
In your online maps application, enter the following address: 9730 Hopkins Drive, University of California San Diego, San Diego, California 92093
DIRECTIONS TO RIMAC ARENA:
- From Interstate 5, exit Genesee Avenue
- Head west on Genesee
- Turn left on North Torrey Pines Road
- Turn left on Northpoint Drive
- Continue through two stop signs. As the road curves to the right it becomes John Hopkins Drive.
- Park in Hopkins Parking Structure, which will be on your right. RIMAC Arena is directly north of the parking structure.
PARKING AT RIMAC ARENA:
Parking permits are required on weekdays and can be obtained from pay machines in campus lots and parking structures. Parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays.