Healthy mind and body.

The 210,000-square-foot facility is home to many campus offices, an ice arena, basketball arena, fitness center, field house, group exercise studio, recreational running track and wrestling area.

** The Kern Center is open to MSOE students, faculty and staff.**

The Kern Center is open with limited capacity to current MSOE students, faculty and staff, and they must use their MSOE ID card to self-swipe at the front desk to gain access into the workout areas. No guest passes will be issued. Only the weight room area near the main entrance, the cardio ellipse and the track workout spaces will be open. All users are expected to maintain social distance and abide by Kern Center guidelines and restrictions (see below).  

Kern Center staff anticipates re-opening to all community members once the City of Milwaukee has entered Phase 5 of its “Moving Milwaukee Forward” orders. More information will be shared as that date approaches.

Kern Center Guidelines and Restrictions  

Anyone displaying any signs of illness should not enter the building. Kern Center staff will implement safety measures including enhanced cleaning protocols, increased spacing between equipment and more. Users are expected to come dressed to work out, bring their own towel and water bottle, and to wipe down the equipment before and after usage. There may be time limits on machines or equipment, and equipment will not be available for checkout. Locker rooms and showers will not be available. Additionally, workout times may be restricted to MSOE athletic teams.  


  • Capacity is limited to a total of 103 patrons.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet is required.
  • Patrons may only use these areas:
    • weight room area off main lobby
    • cardio ellipse
    • track workout spaces       


Home to MSOE's athletics and is also available for community usage. The Kern Center has hosted events from fitness expos to youth sports camps, leagues and tournaments.

Virtual Tour

View the training facilities, gymnasium and more which make up our 210,000-square-foot athletic complex.

Hours of Operation

Seasonal changes in the operating hours may occur from time to time. Stay up-to-date on the hours for the Kern Center.


Whether you're a student, faculty/staff or community member, the Kern Center has a membership level that fits your lifestyle.


The Kern Center's versatile space accommodates open recreation, fitness, group classes, community events and much more.