Activity center

Central Michigan Life – Student Activity Center opens under new guidelines for spring


CMU opened the Student Activity Center for the spring semester as part of COVID-19 security guidelines and opened three new spaces.

College recreation has cleared basketball, soccer and hockey arenas for the spring, provided students adhere to mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines.

According to the URec Facebook page, basketball courts are limited to four people (2v2) in a half court. Hockey will allow eight people (4v4) per rink and soccer will allow four people (2v2) per field.

“It feels good (the opening of new areas),” said Jennifer Nottingham, Acting Executive Director of University Recreation and Student Activities. “It’s kind of that sense of normalcy coming back, isn’t it? It’s exciting to offer a little wellness and some commitment to our students.”

Nottingham said she and her team are always excited when they are able to move forward with making plans when updated decrees allow it, but sometimes need to step back as well.

“It happened right before we left for the semester – right before Thanksgiving – when we had to shut down all contact sports,” Nottingham said. “We couldn’t allow anyone on the basketball courts, to play volleyball, badminton, and those were things people liked to do… it was weird that those courts were empty.”

The courts were closed from November to mid-January and reopened when University Recreation was able to create a plan for safe interactions for contact and non-contact sports.

Additionally, Nottingham was pleased to announce the return of some intramural sports and clubs for the spring. His team researched and contacted college recreation programs in other states to help determine the safest approach to resume these activities with regards to temperature, practice, contact lists, and more.

“For the inner city it’s fun, we have three-on-three basketball, six-on-six volleyball,” Nottingham said. “I think it’s the social fun that brings people together and that has competition, we are seeing great results and a lot of intramural appearances, especially during the volleyball season.”

University Recreation also offers casual non-contact games such as cornhole, euchre, and ping-pong.

CAS basketball and soccer fields are open by reservation from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Hockey will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The fitness center, weight training center and swimming pool will remain open to a limited capacity upon reservation.

The fitness center will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on weekdays and 4:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on weekends. The MAC weight training center and gyms are open from 4 p.m. to 9.45 p.m. on weekdays and from 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on weekends.

In addition, the track, the racquetball courts (2v2 table tennis, 3v3 volleyball, 2v2 racquetball) and the large / small sports forum (6v6 volleyball, 2v2 billiards, badminton) are all open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Students can make reservations to use the Student Activity Center and register for intramural sports on IMLeagues.

Spring semester opening hours for the Student Activity Center can be found on the University Recreation Facebook page.