Reopening Information

  • Message from the Director

    Like many of you we at the Rec Center have been ready and waiting for the day we could return. Today we’re happy to say that the wait will soon be over because the Pohl Recreation Center will reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1. Specific details of the reopening can be found below.

    We have always been committed to the health and safety of our Rec Center community, and that commitment remained our top priority as we developed new safety standards and guidelines to be implemented throughout the facility upon reopening. As confident as we are that these new processes will help ensure the well-being of our members and staff, we also know they will inevitably change as we receive updates from state and local officials. We will continue to evaluate and modify our standards in order to proudly keep our commitment to the health and safety of both the Rec Center and University community.

    We’ve also been listening to you, and during this time we’ve restructured how memberships can be purchased by creating a monthly recurring payment option as well as developing a new Rec Sports app that will launch in the coming weeks. All of this on top of the myriad of virtual programs and videos our staff have worked tirelessly to produce, including this reopening video viewable on our Rec Sports YouTube website at

    As we move through June and into the July reopening we cannot forget that the fluidity of the situation will require patience, flexibility, and a renewed sense of responsibility for the welfare of the entire UNT family from each and every one of us. It will take all of us acting individually and together, responsibly and purposefully, to keep the doors of the Rec Center open and ourselves, loved ones, and each other healthy and safe.

    It might be a bit overwhelming at first. Things will look different and the typical routines we’ve been used to will need to be adjusted. But trust us: as soon as you walk through our doors you’ll find yourself in that familiar place we all know and love. The Rec Center you’ve been missing will be ready and waiting for you – now even safer—and we can’t wait to welcome you back.

    Laurie Klein - Director of Recreational Sports

  • Rec Center Hours
    July 1 - August 15
    Sunday Noon - 6:00pm
    Monday - Friday 7:00am - 7:00pm
    Saturday Noon - 6:00pm
  • Facility Area Availability
    AREAS OPEN (with modifications) BEGINNING JULY 1
    Weight Room *Masks are required in all areas except when actively swimming. Masks must be worn on all weight and cardio equipment, climbing wall, spa
    and when transitioning throughout the facility.

    *Limited free weight and functional equipment available in Gym Court 1 for social distancing
    *Limited cardio equipment available for social distancing
    *Limited equipment checkout available where proper cleaning can occur
    *Mats available but must be cleaned by participant prior to and after use
    *Spotting will not be available for social distancing - lift appropriate weight only
    Lap Pool Monday-Friday | 11:00am - 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm
    Saturday | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday | CLOSED
    *Reservations required for lap lanes. Please visit to reserve a lane beginning July 1.
    Spa *Masks are required when moving throughout the facility and when in the Spa.
    Monday-Friday | 11:00am - 1:00pm amd 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday | CLOSED
    Climbing Wall *Masks are required when moving throughout the facility and while climbing/bouldering.
    Sunday-Saturday | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    *No roped climbing - bouldering only.
    Outdoor Pursuits Center Equipment checkout available by appointment only by calling (940)-565-2275 beginning July 1.
    Gym (courts 2 & 3) *OPEN for individual activities and group exercise classes.
    *CLOSED for basketball and other team sports.
    Badminton Friday at the Rec Center beginning at 5:00pm
    Soccer Gym *OPEN for individual activities and group exercise classes.
    *CLOSED for indoor soccer and other team sports.
    Restrooms/Locker Rooms/Showers OPEN for use. Please closely adhere to social distancing in these areas.
    West Tennis Courts Monday-Friday | 8:00am - 6:00pm
    Saturday-Sunday | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Rec Center Indoor Track All outdoor field complexes
    Rec Center Basketball (indoor and outdoor) Club Sports (practicies and competitions)
    Rec Center Indoor Soccer Fitness Specialty Programs & Personal Training
    Rec Center Volleyball (including sand volleyball) Aquatics Certification Classes & Swim Lessons (group and private)
    Waranch Tennis Center Outdoor Adventure Trips
    P.E.B. Racquetball Courts Intramural Sports (excluding online events)
  • New Safety Measures
    *A detailed list of our increased facility safety measures and policies is available to read in PDF format here:  COVID Facility Safety Guidelines & Policies
    Staff will be available to help from a safe distance and strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.
    Capacity will be reduced in the facility and all areas to ensure patron safety.
    Online and credit card purchases only will be accepted. No cash or check transactions will be allowed.
    Water fountains will be closed, but water bottle fill stations will be available. We encourage you to bring your own water.
    Floor markers will indicate a safe distance in the lobby and high traffic areas.
    Patrons will swipe their own I.D. to enter the facility. Staff will continue to monitor access at computer terminals.
    Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility and in each restroom.
    Social distancing is a priority in the locker rooms in order to continue to keep them open.
    Only one swimmer per lane will be allowed. Lanes must be reserved through beginning July 1.
    Bouldering only will be allowed at the climbing wall in specific zones.
    Some weight equipment has been moved to the Gym Court 1 to allow for more space in the weight room.
    Every other piece of cardio equipment will be unavailable to allow for social distancing.
    All equipment checked out will be cleaned upon return and set aside prior to use.
    Staff will be seen cleaning throughout the facility with heightened attention to high use touchpoints.
    Custodial staff cleaning protocols have been increased throughout the day and overnight.
    We have purchased a disinfecting machine to be used throughout the facility on a regular basis.
  • Patron Responsibilities
    Patrons are strongly encouraged to...
    *A detailed list of our increased facility measures and policies is available to read in PDF format here:  COVID Facility Safety Guidelines & Policies
    Masks are required in all areas except when actively swimming. Masks must be worn on all weight and cardio equipment, climbing wall, spa and when transitioning throughout the facility.
    Wash and disinfect hands upon entering the facility and throughout their workout.
    Wipe down equipment prior to and after use, including machines, dumbbells, mats, etc..
    Maintain at least six feet separation from other individuals, utilizing floor markers when present, for the safety of all users.
    Wear gloves that fully cover from the wrist to the fingertips while exercising.
    To the extent possible, avoid contact within six feet of individuals aged 65 and older.
    Bring their own water (water fountains will not be available for safety concerns, but water fill stations will be available).
    Remember that the Rec Center will only accept online and credit card purchases at this time. No cash or check transactions will be allowed.
    Self-monitor and be free of ANY COVID-19 symptoms prior to visiting the Rec Center.
    *If you have a cough, fever, or symptoms of COVID-19 please do not visit the Rec Center until you are symptom- and fever-free
    *If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have knowingly come into close contact with someone who has, please do not visit the Rec Center for 14 days or until you've tested negative for COVID-19
    *If you feel unwell or have any concerns about coming into the Rec Center please stay home and stay safe

Virtual Programs

Previous Announcements

  • May 25 | Locker Clear Out Information


    Beginning Friday, May 29 and every Friday after we'll have staff at the Rec Center from 12:00pm-3:00pm to let you retrieve any items from your locker.

    * No appointment is necessary - just drop by during that time. 
    * There will be no access to other areas of the facility, including the showers.
    * Proper healthy and safety precautions are highly recommended and social distancing is highly encouraged.

    For further questions or information please contact Ryan Comfort by emailing

  • May 13 | Reopening Information

    The State of Texas has announced that gyms may reopen on Monday, May 18 at 25% capacity. Although we are eager to open, the safety of our university community is our priority. We are hard at work developing safety protocols to ensure that our students and members have a safe and healthy experience once we open. We will communicate our opening plan once it is finalized.

  • May 4 | Locker Information

    We want to update you on what is happening with lockers as the Spring semester winds to a close.

    1) If you do not wish to access your locker at this point, you do not have to.

    2) For those with a locker set to expire May 9, 2020, your expiration date is automatically being extended to August 7, 2020.

    3) For everyone currently renting a locker and wanting to claim the contents you'll be able to do so on:

    Thursday, May 7 8:00am-5:00pm
    Friday, May 8 8:00am-5:00pm
    Saturday, May 9 10:00am-2:00pm
    Sunday, May 10 10:00am-2:00pm

    ***PLEASE NOTE: Anyone entering the facility during this time is highly encouraged to supply and wear a covering over their mouth and nose. Rec Sports will supply gloves to those wanting them. For the safety of everyone the Rec Sports staff on hand will be wearing face coverings and gloves. Only 20 people will be allowed inside the facility at a time with only 2 people at a time in each locker room. We kindly request that everyone acknowledge and follow proper social distancing protocols while at the Rec Center, and that you get in and out as quickly as possible. There will be no access to any areas in the Rec Center except the locker area of the locker rooms.

    4) We understand these dates and times may not work for everyone so we will be allowing you to send someone as a proxy to claim your items for you. If you are sending a proxy you will need to email the proxy's first and last name to Ryan Comfort at by 4pm the day PRIOR to your proxy coming to claim your items. The proxy will need to bring a picture ID with them to be able to access your locker. Rec Sports will not give locker numbers or combinations to a proxy. 

    5) Rec Sports also understands not everyone will be comfortable entering the facility to clear their locker. This will be handled on a case by case basis. Please contact Ryan Comfort at to discuss your options.

    6) For those unable to get their items or send a proxy on these dates know we will not be doing any locker cleanouts prior to August 7, 2020. After the August 7th cleanout we will hold all cleaned out locker items for 30 days. During this time you can claim your items yourself at the Member Services desk or you may send a proxy for your items by following the proxy rules set above. Rec Sports will not be shipping locker contents to you.

    7) If our closure continues to extend we will consider setting more opportunities to claim locker contents in the coming weeks.

    8) Please contact Ryan Comfort at if you have any questions or want further information.


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