Opened in March 2007, the Aztec Aquaplex is the
long-awaited complex that is the final piece of the
puzzle for the San Diego State athletic department. The
112,000-square foot facility is nestled between Tony
Gwynn Stadium, SDSU Softball Stadium, Aztec Tennis
Center, three football practice fields and the SDSU
Sports Deck. In addition, Viejas Arena is well within
walking distance, which truly makes the west side of
campus the home for Aztec athletics. Moreover, the
Aquaplex is situated behind the Aztec Athletics Center,
which allows student-athletes easy access to some of the
top training personnel and weightlifting facilities on
the West Coast.
The Aztec Aquaplex features two pools, one for
competition, and another for recreation and a
hydrotherapy spa. The competition pool measures 51
meters in length and 25 meters in width. It also
includes a movable stainless steel bulkhead, which
allows a flexible water depth of anywhere between seven
and 17 feet.
The pool can accommodate a multitude of competitive
swimming events (25-yard short course, 25-meter short
course, 50-meter long course); water polo games with
floating cage courses of 25 yards, 25 meters and 30
meters, in addition to three 25-yard fixed cage courses;
and diving competition with its one- and three-meter
springboards, along with the option of expanding the
platform to 10 meters.
The facility's 7,300-square-foot recreation pool will
be just as multi-dimensional as its counterpart. The
pool, which is open to the public, maintains a water
temperature of approximately 83 degrees and features a
beach-style entrance on one side leading to a depth of
five feet. It also includes four lanes for lap swimming
and water aerobics, as well as an area for water
basketball and volleyball, recreational swimming and
floating lounges. Throw in a cloverleaf-shaped
hydrotherapy spa and San Diego State has one of the
leading aquatic facilities in the United States.
The nerve center of the Aztec Aquaplex lies in the
5,000 square-foot operations building, which contains
showers, locker rooms, restrooms, administrative
offices, guest services and storage. The facility is
also equipped with an 8,000 square-foot solar water
heating panel that doubles as a shading structure for
the seating area, which can accommodate 500 spectators.
"We are thrilled to finally have a true home-pool
advantage where our players have the opportunity to
compete in front of friends, family and other Aztec
athletes right here on campus," said SDSU Water Polo
head coach Carin Crawford.
The completion of the Aztec Aquaplex proves that San
Diego State University is committed to providing its
student-athletes and the Aztec community with the
highest quality facilities in America.