Reopening of athletic facilities for students announced

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Blue Devil Fitness Center

Blue Devil Fitness Center

Dods Gymnasium, Blue Devil Fitness Center, Tennis Courts to reopen on Monday, Sept. 21

The Blue Devils Fitness Center, Dods Gymnasium, and Tennis Courts will open to students only beginning on Monday, Sept. 21. Students must preregister online (see below for links); no walk-ins will be permitted. Cancellation notices will be emailed to preregistered students if increased community spread of COVID-19 makes athletic facilities reopening unsafe. 

Hours:

Blue Devils Fitness Center

  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Tennis Courts

  • Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Dods Gymnasium

  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • *Excluding varsity athletic practices; please check schedule for details.*

There are separate links to sign up for a time slot in each of the spaces:

Check-in/check-out procedure:

  • Preregistration, which can be done up to a week in advance (see links above).
  • Wellness questionnaire: all symptoms must be negative.
  • Temperature check: must be below 100.4° F.
  • Workouts end at :40 on the hour.
  • Exit via emergency doors.

More information:

Fitness center blocks are 40 minutes long so the staff can sanitize the facility for the remaining 20 minutes. Dods Gymnasium blocks are 60 minutes long and Tennis Court blocks are 90 minutes long. Students can reserve one block in each facility each day. Failure to show up for three blocks in any facility will result in a loss of preregistration privileges.

Registration opens one week in advance of each time slot.

Students can use Dods Gymnasium before the Fitness Center, they just need to be sure the have two separate reservations, one in each calendar.

Masks will need to be worn at all times in the Fitness Center, Dods Gymnasium, and Tennis Courts, even when exercising. In particular, no bandanas or gaiters will be allowed in the fitness center. A face shield can be worn in the fitness center if a student is unable to wear a mask.

No drinking fountains be available; only water bottle refill stations will be available in the facilities, so students should please bring a water bottle.

Upon entering the fitness center students will notice several changes: every second piece of cardio equipment is blocked off to promote social distancing; upper-level cardio equipment is shut down with the exception of ellipticals, which are turned around; dumbbell benches are spaced out; the rock wall area is being used as additional space; and floor markers offer reminders to maintain social distance.

Only paper towels will be available to sanitize equipment. Students should please bring their own sweat towel. 

Tennis Courts

All students intending to play tennis must complete wellness and temperature checks at the fitness center desk. Students will leave their FREDCard with a fitness center desk attendant and she will give the students the tennis courts key.

Outdoor Basketball Courts

At this time, the outdoor basketball courts will not be available, but the university will assess the use of Dods Gymnasium to inform the decision moving forward. 

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