Re-Opening FAQ

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Availability & Accessibility

What Recreation Activities/Facilities are Open?

  • REC Academic Classes (Online)
  • Virtual On-Demand Fitness Classes
  • Outdoor Group Fitness Classes
  • Alumni Arena Fitness Center
  • Intramural Sports: E-Sports, Darts, Badminton, and Table Tennis
  • Intramural Tournaments: Cornhole, Darts
  • Open Swim, Swim Lessons and Swim Classes
  • Lifeguard Certification Training
  • CPR/AED Certification Training
  • Ellicott Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Fields: Kunz Field, Ellicott Field, Rotary Field, Peele Field, Governors Field

What Recreation Programs/Services are NOT Open at This Time?

  • Alumni Arena Pro Shop
  • Alumni Arena Yoga Room
  • General Locker Rooms
  • Indoor Cycling Room
  • Indoor Jogging Track
  • Saunas and Steam Rooms
  • Clark Hall
  • Clark Hall Boxing Room
  • Clark Hall Wrestling Room

Who has Access to Recreation Programs and Services?

Due to limited facility capacities, we are limiting access to recreation programs and services to accommodate our students until further notice. The list below outlines who has access to Recreation programs and services.

Students:

  • Current UB students will have access to all recreation programs and services.

Faculty/Staff:

  • Due to limited space capacities, we are suspending free faculty/staff hours.
  • Current UB faculty and staff will have access to Recreation services beginning September 14, 2020 with the purchase of a monthly membership pass.  If you have an outstanding membership, you can request a prorated refund of the unused portion of your membership. (see memberships page for information about memberships and refunds)

Community Members:

  • Due to limited space capacities, we are suspending community member access to recreation fitness programs and services.
  • If you have an outstanding membership, you can request a prorated refund of the unused portion of your membership. (see memberships page for information about memberships and refunds)
  • Community members will have access to swim lessons, lifeguard certification classes and CPR/AED certification classes.

Is Clark Hall Open?

No. Clark Hall will remain closed for general use (with the exception of REC Academic classes, CPR/AED training and swim lessons) as we work towards meeting the NYS guidelines set by the governor’s office that must be met prior to re-opening our fitness facilities and gyms. We are working with the Environmental Health and Safety department to identify solutions to the MERV-13 requirements. Once those guidelines are met we will reopen Clark Hall fitness facilities.

Policies/Procedures & Safety

Do I Have to Wear a Mask While Exercising or Playing Inside and Outside?

Yes. Following the University guidelines, it is required that participants wear face masks during all indoor and outdoor activities and physical distance at least 6 feet between people/equipment at all times inside Alumni Arena and in outdoor spaces.

Hours

What are the Open Swim Hours in Alumni Arena Pool?

Monday – Friday

  • 7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
  • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturdays and Sundays

  • CLOSED

What Hours are the Ellicott Tennis Courts Available?

Ellicott Tennis Court Hours

  • Monday – Friday | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays and Sundays | CLOSED

Following the University guidelines, it is required that participants wear face masks during all indoor and outdoor activities and physical distance at least 6 feet between people/equipment at all times inside Alumni Arena and in outdoor spaces.

 

Membership/Refund

Can I Purchase a Recreation Membership?

At this time, all membership purchases are suspended.

  • Beginning September 14th, Faculty and Staff can purchase monthly memberships.
  • Community membership sales are suspended.

How Do I Get a Refund?

Due to the closure of the University at Buffalo Recreation center related to COVID-19, we will be issuing prorated refunds for memberships purchased. Refunds will be issued in the purchase method of payment. If you paid by credit card, your refund will be issued back to your credit card, if you paid by check, you will be issued a check and if you paid by campus cash, you will be refunded by campus cash.

To request a refund, please complete a Refund Request FormYou will not automatically be refunded, you must submit the refund request form by the due date to be considered. The deadline to request refunds is 11/30/2020. No refunds will be issued after this date.

For more information about refunds contact Jennifer Dynas at jdynas@buffalo.edu or call Member Services at 645-2286.

Facilities

Is the Indoor Jogging Track Open?

The Jogging Track at Alumni Arena is CLOSED until further notice.

Is the Fitness Center Open?

Yes.

The Alumni Arena Fitness Center will reopen on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 7 AM – 6 PM, Monday – Friday, for students and faculty/staff by reservation ONLY.

Can I Use the Locker Room?

The locker rooms are CLOSED until further notice.

I have items in my locker, how can I retrieve them?

  • If you have a locker rental at Alumni Arena,
    • We ask that you make an appointment to come in and retrieve your items.
    • To make an appointment contact Ken Holmes at kholmes2@buffalo.edu to set up a day and time to come to Alumni Arena to retrieve your items.
    • Ken is available Monday-Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm. (If these days/times do not work for you, we can schedule an alternate time.)
  • If your locker is at Clark Hall,
    • Please contact Dior Jackson at dmj25@buffalo.edu to set up a day/time to get your items from Clark Hall.

Programming

What Intramural Sports are Offered and How Do I Sign Up?

Intramurals will offer leagues in table tennis, badminton, darts, and e-sports. We will also offer tournaments for corn hole and darts. We will not offer any team sports at this time.

Can I Play Basketball, Soccer, etc.

Open Rec Sports including basketball, volleyball, and soccer are not available until further notice.

What Virtual Recreation Programs are Available?

Currently we are offering on-demand fitness classes, as well as e-sports intramural programming.

In addition, we have a Virtual REC page, “Let’s Get Virtual”, with write ups done by our professional staff that are based around 8 dimensions of wellness. On that page, you can find various recommendations on activities you can do at home as well as recipes.

How Do I Sign Up for a CPR/AED Certification Training Course?

CPR/AED Training Course Registration is done through our website.

What Activities Can I Do on Kunz Field?

Kunz Field & Track Open Hours

  • Monday – Friday | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays and Sundays | CLOSED

FREE Group Fitness Classes are available for UB Students at Kunz

  • Monday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Yoga)
  • Wednesday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Cardio Sport)

Following the University guidelines, it is required that participants wear face masks during all indoor and outdoor activities and physical distance at least 6 feet between people/equipment at all times inside Alumni Arena and in outdoor spaces.