Recreational Activities

The Armour J. Blackburn University Center serves as the living room of the University campus, providing an environment for social, cultural, recreational, leisure and intellectual enrichment outside the classroom. The Blackburn University Center is still one of the most popular stops on the campus for campus tours and visits organized and conducted by the Director of the Center.

Building and Facility Information

The Howard University indoor Recreational Facilities are located at the basement level of the Armour J. Blackburn Center.

The Recreation Area serves as the meeting place for students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests of the University, who take time off their busy schedules for leisure time activities. There is:

  • a twelve (12) lane Bowling Center
  • nine (9) pool tables
  • a board game area
  • a table tennis area

The hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Recreational/Leisure Time Activities and Teams

The Howard University Recreation and Club Sports Program offers play both organized and informal sports and special activities structured in a league or tournament format. The Howard University community is encouraged to develop healthy lifestyles and purposeful leisure through the numerous recreational activities offered. Bowling, Table Tennis, Billiards, Chess, Dominoes, video games, Spades, and other hybrid card games are offered in the recreation center. Leadership skills are also acquired through planning and organization of Club Sports activities by students.

The Recreation Center which was recently renovated houses a twelve lane bowling facility outfitted with Brunswick state of the art equipment , synthetic lanes ,sound system, cosmic lightworks,four table tennis tables, nine pool tables, two table soccer tables, numerous chess sets, dominoes sets and cards for patrons use. It is a very popular meeting place where students, faculty, staff and friends of the university often come to relax and participate in leisure time activities. Free games are offered such as checkers, chess, spades, dominoes, and Pictionary. The most popular attraction in the Recreation Center is the Bison Bowling facility which hosts frequent student birthday parties. The lanes are certified by the USBC (United States Bowling Congress).