The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sport Facilities include the McPhee/Olson Complex, Simpson fields, Bollinger fields, Hilltop tennis and basketball courts, Towers field, and six volleyball courts around campus. These facilities host a myriad of activities from Recreation programming and drop-in play, Athletic practices and competitions, and classes.
Assumption of Risk
The UW-Eau Claire Recreation & Sport Facilities Department offers a variety of programs for individual and group activities. Programs involve strenuous physical activity and rigorous exertion, including, but not limited to, intramural sports, personal training, aerobic dance and exercise, weight training, stationary bicycling and the use of various aerobic-conditioning machinery found at the Crest Fitness Center, McPhee/Olson, Bollinger Fields, etc. The University Recreation and Sport Facilities Department also offers a variety of classes for physical activity and instruction. In addition, staff is available at each location to assist people on an individual basis and to answer questions.
Participants must understand that these activities are potentially hazardous and that fitness and athletic activities involve a risk of injury and even death. Risks include, but are not limited to, heart attacks, muscle strains, pulls or tears, broken bones, shin splints, heat prostration, knee/lower back/foot injuries, and drowning. Participants must be in sufficient physical condition to accept a rigorous level of physical activity. Anyone with questions in this area is advised to contact their personal physician.
Participants must also understand that the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire does not provide blanket medical coverage to students, staff or visitors and that the University strongly encourages participants to carry health insurance that provides comprehensive medical and emergency room coverage. Participants must agree to abide by the instructions, rules and regulations for the specific activity as indicated by University Recreation and Sport Facilities. Furthermore, participants agree to be considerate of fellow participants and to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner.
Participants use the facilities voluntarily and are responsible for their own health and safety.
The following individuals are entitled to use the Recreation Facilities:
All UW-Eau Claire students who have paid fees can access recreation facilities during the period for which the fee is paid. Students must present their current valid University ID (Blugold) card to gain access. Current UW-Eau Claire and emeriti faculty and staff who have paid fees and who also possess a valid UW-Eau Claire ID card may access facilities.
University Recreation and Sport Facilities provide opportunities that bridge academic learning with self-discovery through activities that enhance wellness and fun.
Opportunities for Participation
The University Recreation and Sport Facilities Department offers programs in four different indoor facilities and on acres of outdoor field space. You may pick up more detailed information and schedules at the facility of your choice. Sport Clubs provide a more in-depth sport experience that may include instruction, practice, and competition with other colleges and universities. Fitness programs include cardio, step, water and total body conditioning classes, and fitness training at Crest Fitness Center. Open Recreation is the opportunity to participate in unstructured physical activity such as lap swimming, walking/running, or basketball. Intramural Sports and Special Events provide a variety of competitive sports.
Recreational resources for persons with disabilities is a collaborative referral effort designed to enable those with a disability to participate in recreational activity.
Lost & Found
University Recreation and Sport Facilities is not responsible for lost or stolen items. However, we do operate a Lost & Found service at each facility:
- Crest Fitness Center - Inquire at the Front Desk.
- McPhee/Olson - Inquire at the Open Recreation Office.
- Bollinger Fields - Inquire at Recreation Central or the main Recreation office located in Hilltop Recreation Center
Priority for reserving our facilities is given to Academic, Athletics, and Recreation programming. The following times are designated for each program area:
Academics: Monday - Friday: 8AM-1PM
Athletics: Monday - Friday: 1PM-6PM
Recreation: Monday - Friday: 6AM-8AM, 12PM-1:30PM, 6PM-Close
Below is an outline of the policy and procedures established for facility reservations in Mcphee/Olson:
- Academic classes can contact the individuals below if they are interested in reserving space in McPhee/Olson
- Athletic Teams
- Athletic teams can reserve facility space through their coaches.
- If players want to reserve the space prior to the start of a season (designated captains practice), the coach will need to email the individuals below to indicate who the captains are for that team. Once we are aware of the captains, we will reserve the space on the calendar if available.
- Special Circumstances:
- Gymnastics Room - Due to the liability with the gymnastics room, captains can only reserve the room and utilize the floor. If they would like to utilize the equipment, they will need to have the head coach or assistant coach present. This space will always be kept locked to ensure only eligible participants are using the equipment.
- Wrestling Room - Due to the liability with the wrestling room, this space will be kept locked to ensure only eligible participants are using the equipment.
- Track Throwers - Due to the liability with the throwing equipment, the track throwers will need at least court 4. In an attempt to accommodate the most patrons, throwers should attempt to schedule captain's practice early in the morning (Sunday).
- Recreation Sport Clubs/Activities
- Recreation Sport Clubs will need to email the individuals below at least one month prior to the start of the practice to ensure they receive adequate scheduling. If they do not contact University Recreation & Sport Facilities by this date, there is no guarantee they will receive facility space. Please note that these spaces are schedule on a first come first serve basis.
- Special circumstances:
- Tournaments outside of the normal practice schedule need to be requested one month prior to the start of the next semester. This timeline will increase the chances of confirming the tournament dates in the recreation calendar.
- Student Groups
- Any student group can reserve space in the facility with the exception of the Gymnastics Room and the Wrestling Room
- To make a reservation, student groups need to contact the individuals below at least one day in advance of the desired reservation to ensure the student group will obtain the space.
- Student groups who wish to reserve space throughout the whole semester will be given a maximum of four hours per week. This process will allow for equal opportunity for all student groups to utilize the space. If the group wishes to reserve the space for more, they can use it on a first come, first serve basis.
- Student groups who wish to reserve the Dance Studio will only be able to reserve the space for two hours per week.
- Non-University Affiliated/Outside Groups
- Any groups who wish to reserve the facility that are not affiliated with UWEC should contact the individuals below to check on availability. Please note that all groups previously listed receive priority over non-affiliated users.
- Fees are associated with reserving the facility and vary depending on time and location.
- Spaces available to rent include gyms, racquetball courts, indoor/outdoor track, field space, tennis courts, dance studio, as well as the pool.