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:
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.
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.