Full Statement on Game Day Decisions

Due to a variety of factors prior to the start of the inaugural on-campus football season, including restricted access to campus, parking logistics, risk and safety management, and after research of peer institution practices on game days, it was decided that the Student Recreation Center should be closed on home football game days through the fall 2017 semester.
Campus Recreation's leadership team was on-campus at the Student Recreation Center during the first two home football games to assess the feasibility of opening the Student Recreation Center on game days in the future. It was also planned to invite students to provide their feedback on a survey being conducted when the Student Recreation Center opened from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm on November 11 (the CSU vs Boise State game that begins at 8:30 pm, allowing access to campus during the day).
After experiencing the first two home football games, some of the unknown factors were revealed and can be either mitigated or completely resolved, which now allows the Student Recreation Center to be partially open for the remaining home football games.

Campus Recreation is excited to announce that the Student Recreation Center will now be open prior to game start time for home games:

October 14, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

October 28, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

November 11, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

November 18, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For full information about how the closure decision was initially determined, please continue reading on. Thank you for your cooperation and feedback while we continue to assess the ability to operate our facilities during the inaugural on-campus football season.

Student Recreation Center Closure on Game Days 2017 Original Statement - August 27, 2017

The decision to close the Student Recreation Center was made after thoughtful, lengthy deliberations of factors anticipated to impact facility operations on football game dates. To inform the deliberations and decision-making process, the following factors were considered in making the decision:

  • current operational practices at peer institution recreation centers with on-campus football stadiums
  • student use of the Rec Center during fall 2016 game dates
  • risk/safety management requirements to operate the facility
  • game day logistics such as controlled access/egress to/from campus 4 hours prior and following the game
  • restricted game day parking on campus and on residential streets/commercial lots adjacent to campus
  • ability to secure game dates and time information from the Mountain West Conference in advance of the fall semester to plan for specific game dates. 

Coupled with considering the factors listed above, a Campus Recreation representative attended as a member of the Stadium Game Day Experience Committee that met for two years prior to the inaugural 2017 football season. Committee discussions and planning provided insight into game day operation challenges and opportunities for campus organizations and City of Fort Collins.  Additionally the Campus Recreation Student Advisory Board was informed and discussed the information, related issues, and options during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The option to remain open was considered along with closing the Rec Center. Ultimately, the unknown factors surrounding the inaugural football season, beyond staffing and access to the Rec Center, swayed the decision to close the Rec Center.

In addition to the operation of the Student Recreation Center on games days, it was necessary to determine whether Campus Recreation Sport Clubs teams’ field competitions usually held on Saturdays during the first 8 weeks of the fall semester should continue to be scheduled on home football game dates due to similar logistical factors and safety/risk management issues. The closure of campus on game days severely limits a CSU Sport Club team, visiting team, and fans access to the Intramural Fields located directly outside the Student Recreation Center, which is on two major access/egress routes to and from the stadium. After careful consideration of all the issues, field Sport Club teams were informed not to schedule home games/matches on football game dates.

What's Next?

The closure of the Student Recreation Center for football games days is limited to Fall 2017. There is a plan to assess the campus impact from game day operations related to the viability for partially or fully opening the Rec Center on game days, as well as survey students having experienced the initial football season during spring semester 2018 for input on whether or not the Student Recreation Center should operate on game days.

A pilot for opening the Rec Center for part of a game day, before campus closes, is being planned for the November 11th CSU vs. Boise State game with an 8:30pm start time that would allow normal access to campus during the day. This date provides an opportunity to test opening the Rec Center, assess participation rates, and survey users for input in addition to the Spring 2018 assessment plan.

Football Home Game Schedule

  • Saturday, September 9
  • Saturday, October 14
  • Saturday, October 28
  • Saturday, November 11 (Student Recreation Center open from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)
  • Saturday, November 18