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Parking & Directions

  • Parking
    • Metered street parking on Monroe Street
    • Lot 18 (located in front of the Shell): ‘Park Mobile’ spaces. Must have Park Mobile app downloaded to your smartphone.
    • Engineering Parking Ramp/Lot 17 (free on weekends)
    • Lot 16 (3-minute walk): free after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
    • Bike and moped stalls are available in front of the Shell
  • Bus
    • Convenient bus lines include the 80, 81, 82, and 84.
  • BCycle

    Get a headstart on your workout by taking a BCycle to the Shell. Park your bike at the station located at the corner of Breese Terrace and Regent Street or in front of Union South on Campus Drive. A full map of all BCycle stations in the Madison area is available online.

    *UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff receive a special rate of $20 for the year pass. Visit the Madison BCycle website for more information and to retrieve your discount code.

Building Hours

Fall Hours

August 28 – December 21
Monday – Thursday 6am – Midnight
Friday 6am – 10pm
Saturday 8am – 10pm
Sunday 8am – Midnight

Adjusted Hours

September 1 Closes at Noon
September 9 CLOSED
September 30 CLOSED
October 14 CLOSED
October 21 CLOSED
November 11 CLOSED
November 18 CLOSED
Badger Home Football Games
Thanksgiving Weekend
November 22 6am – 9pm
November 23 CLOSED
November 24 6am – 8pm
November 25 – 26 8am – 8pm
Final Exams Week
December 17 8am – 10pm
December 18 – 21 6am – 10pm

Winter Hours

December 22 – January 21
Monday – Friday 6am – 8pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
December 24 – December 25 CLOSED
December 31 – January 1 CLOSED

Programs & Features

Open Rec

  • Ice Skating
  • Hockey
  • Figure Skating
  • Basketball
  • Cardio & Strength Training
  • Open Rec activities

Facility Amenities

  • 6-lane, 200-meter Track

    Home to the Wisconsin Track & Field teams, the Shell’s indoor track is open for recreational use throughout the year. Whether you’re walking or jogging, escaping the weather, or varying your strength routine with sprint sets, the indoor track has plenty of room for all workouts.

  • Basketball Courts

    The Shell houses four regulation-size basketball courts.

  • Cardio & Strength Space

    Find a variety of treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, rowers, traditional weight machines, free weights, and stretching mats around the track. Need a spot or introduction to the equipment? Look for our Facility Attendants in the black polos – they are there to help!

  • Ice Rink

    The Shell Ice Rink offers open ice skating (including Late Night Skate), hockey, and figure skating opportunities. Students receive a discount on rink fees, and skate rental is available for all interested participants.