Please be advised that masks will be required when participating inside the facility. In addition, we ask that all patrons keep a minimum of 10 feet physical distance between others when in the facility. For your safety, increased sanitation procedures are in place throughout the day. At this time, patrons 16 and older may enter and use the facility. Guest passes are currently not available at this time.
For more updates about The University of Southern Mississippi's response to COVID-19, please visit usm.edu/provost/coronavirus.php.
The mission of Southern Miss Campus Recreation is to provide quality and comprehensive programs, services, and facilities that enhance recreation and wellness for the university community while supporting the educational mission of the university through student learning and development.
Campus Recreation is proud to be a part of The University of Southern Mississippi Division of Student Affairs. Students at all Southern Miss satellite facilities are welcome to show their student IDs and use the Payne Center while they are on the Hattiesburg campus.
Southern Miss Campus Recreation is a member of NIRSA, the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association.
Facilities and Programs
Click below to learn more about the available facilities, programming, and services that are available to students and the general public through the Department of Campus Recreation.
The 27,000 square-foot gymnasium houses four multi-purpose courts that can be converted to four sanctioned high school-sized basketball courts, four internationally sanctioned volleyball courts, or six internationally sanctioned badminton courts. It also features two sets of permanent bleachers seating over 400 people, eight scoreboards, recreational and competitive lighting systems, and programmable sound systems.
The one-eighth of a mile, four-lane exercise track is located above the activity courts providing an inviting environment to walk or jog year-round. Additional features include two resting stations with drinking fountains and spittoons.
The 7,900 square-foot WorkOut Zone offers an energetic fitness environment designed to help you reach your fitness goals. Included is a 35-piece cardiovascular area, 8,000 pounds of free weight equipment and over 40 pieces of selectorized equipment.
Wisteria Circuit Training Room
The Wisteria Circuit Training Room is a weight training circuit designed to be a concentrated, time-efficient, total-body workout. It has eleven resistance machines and aerobic training stations.
M.C. Johnson Natatorium
The M.C. Johnson Natatorium features a 25-yard, 6-lane indoor pool. The pool includes a diving well with 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. It is heated and maintained at 84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
Pride Field is a beautiful two-acre artificial turf complex managed by Campus Recreation and home to The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band. This complex is designed to provide a safe and durable playing surface for the University community to enjoy.
Campus Recreation provides a diverse offering of programs and services for Southern Miss students, faculty, staff and REC Center members including:
- Comprehensive WorkOut Zone
- Group Exercise Classes
- Indoor Rock Climbing Wall
- M.C. Johnson Natatorium
- Outdoor Adventure Trips and Clinics
- Personal Training
- Intramural Sports
- Club Sports
Campus Recreation provides a variety of services for the Pine Belt community including:
- Year-Round Swim Lessons
- CPR/First-Aid Certification Classes
- Lifeguard Certification Classes
- Lake Sehoy Challenge Course
- Facility, Pool and Rock Wall Rentals
- 5K Themed Runs
For questions about membership, certifications or facility rentals, please call 601-266-5405.
Sign up for a free group fitness class or intramural sport today!
Clear your mind and reduce stress with a WorkOut at the Payne Center!
Join our team by applying at the Payne Center today!