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2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

  • Construction and installation begins on two synthetic turf fields at Outdoor Center Fields creating a partnership between Housing (a storm water retention basic for residence halls sits under the fields), University Bands (one turf field will be the permanent practice facility for the marching band), and Campus Recreation (will be able to program more outdoor hours for open play, intramural, and club sports).
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2013

  • Campus Recreation welcomed visitor number 5 million to the ARC on February 26, since opening in August 2008.

2012

  • Campus Recreation celebrates 50th anniversary as a stand-alone department in Fall 2012

2011

  • CRCE and ARC combine to have over 5 million visits since 2005 when CRCE opened

2010

  • ARC surpasses 1 million visitors in a year

2009

  • Robyn Deterding is named as Campus Recreation’s third Director
  • Campus Recreation hosts its first wedding reception at the ARC

2008

  • $50 million IMPE renovation is completed.  IMPE is renamed “Activities and Recreation Center” (ARC) and opens for use on August 21 at 6:30am
  • Two synthetic turf fields are installed at the Outdoor Center Fields for soccer, lacrosse, ultimate disc, flag football, etc.
  • Renovations to Illini Grove are completed (lights, path, and picnic tables)
  • Campus Recreation adheres to University logo and design standards   

2007

  • Renovations to the Ice Arena are completed including the Center Ice Cafe, new lobby flooring and furniture, and a new ceiling

2005

  • $21 million CRCE renovation is completed and the facility is opened for use.
  • Campus Recreation reacquires Illini Grove

2001

  • “Bigger, Better” campaign launches in September to promote the student referendum for the renovations to CRCE and IMPE
  • Student referendum passes in November with 75% approval. (4,020 vote “YES” and 1,439 vote “NO”)
  • Plans put in place for renovations to begin

1997

  • Campus Recreation adds the Outdoor Center building, field spaces, sand volleyball courts, and basketball courts  

1996

  • 25th anniversary of IMPE opening 
  • Activities, facilities, and programs now include:
    • 3,000 visitors/day average at IMPE
    • 1,000 visitors/day average at CRCE
    • 750 visitors/day average at Ice Arena
    • 278,000 total square-feet of indoor facilities
    • 74 total acres of outdoor areas
    • 5 pools
    • 75 fitness classes/week
    • 40 outdoor trips and clinics/year
    • 35 sport club teams
    • 20 intramural sports
    • 12 learn-to-skate classes/week

1995

  • Campus Recreation creates its first website

1993

  • Campus Rec receives a NCAA grant to participate in the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) and organizes summer activities for low-income family children from the community.
  • IMPE gets a facelift with a redesigned lobby, new wooden floor, and other improvements in Gym 4, and installation of building-wide air conditioning

1992

  • The SportWell Center opens at the IMPE building.  It is run cooperatively with McKinley Health Center to provide wellness education, nutrition and rehabilitation services for athletic injuries

1990

  • Audience at the first Ice Show (now annual event) packs the Ice Arena to full capacity to see any of the 129 learn-to-skate participants perform, complete with show lights, music, and costumes

1989

  • Previously under the College of Applied Life Sciences, Campus Recreation becomes a department of the Office of Student Affairs
  • CRCE (Phases 1 and 2A) opens for use.  The facility includes fitness/free-weight space, three basketball/volleyball courts, offices, and a lobby entrance

1988

  • Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE), a 22,000 square-feet facility offering gym space for basketball, fitness classes, and club sports, opens
  • Extended trips are expanded to include the Grand Canyon, Smoky Mountains, and Everglades National Park

1987

  • $2.7 million Ice Arena renovation allows for year-round operation
  • Disc golf course created at Illini Meadows

1985

  • Four new tennis courts built near Illini Grove

1984

  • $1.8 million project results in 30 acres of outdoor fields at Florida and Lincoln Avenues specially designed for soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football, and softball

1979

  • After 13 years at the Division of Intramural Activities, Jesse A. “Tony” Clements becomes Director

1977

  • Built in 1931, the Ice Arena becomes a Campus Recreation facility 

1974

  • Division of Intramural Activities becomes Division of Campus Recreation (DCR)

1971

  • Grand opening of the IMPE Building held on September 13, 1971. Employing 13 full-time staff, the facility logs 411,386 patrons from September – April.

1969

  • 20 month IMPE project is delayed due to striking union as well as pool gutter revamping – which increases project to $10 million

1968

  • Ground is broken for $9 million IMPE project

1964

  • Division of Intramural Activities gains approval from Board of Trustees to construct IMPE Building with the purpose to provide more open recreation space and comprehensive recreational sports programs for University students, faculty, & staff
  • 15 active sport clubs are offered with 8 more proposed
  • Student fee increases to $18 per semester

1962

  • Division of Intramural Activities is formed as an administrative unity with College of Physical Education.  Dr. David O. Matthews comes from Bowling Green State University to become first Director.  
  • Intramural – Physical Education Building (IMPE) is proposed to Board of Trustees at estimated cost of $6 million.  A $15 student fee increase is proposed. 
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