Some folks prefer to do their “own thing”, but not necessarily by themselves. Open Recreation is where we provide the space, sometimes the equipment, and you set up your own activities. Here’s an incomplete listing of the Open Recreation that takes place in various parts of Campus Rec and where you can participate:

Find a playing partner on our Match Board.

Indoor Activities



Priority courts are now available at:

Fitness Equipment

Indoor Track

Inline Hockey


Racquetball, Squash, and Handball

  • ARC
  • CRCE


  • ARC Gym 1 Court 1



Table Tennis

  • ARC Multi-Purpose Room 3
  • ARC Game Room


Priority use

Outdoor Activities

(Including softball, soccer, flag football, lacrosse, rugby, and ultimate disc)


  • Outdoor Center Fields
  • Illini Grove


  • Outdoor Center Fields
  • Illini Grove

Sand Volleyball

  • Outdoor Center Fields
  • Illini Grove

Ice Skating

Water Activities

(Including slide, spa, bubble bench, and water volleyball)

Deep Water Jogging

  • ARC

Lap Swimming

 Important Rules

  • In order to check out equipment, an i-card or visitor card must be presented to Member Services at check out and return. Racquets are $1/racquet to check out.
  • Failure to properly return equipment will result in a charge on your account.
  • Personal belongings must be stored outside the activity area.
  • No glass in or around the activity area.
  • Consult a Campus Recreation staff member to have baskets raised or lowered.
  • Campus Recreation is not responsible for balls kicked into the rafters.

Equipment Available for Checkout at ARC & CRCE Member Services

  • Men’s Basketballs
  • Women’s Basketballs
  • Badminton Racquets ($1)
  • Racquetball Racquets ($1)
  • Squash Racquets
  • Indoor Volleyballs
  • Towels
  • Goggles (for racquetball)
  • Neck Roll
  • Crutches
  • Foosball Balls
  • Table Tennis Paddles
  • Jump Ropes
  • Vinyl Weights
  • Futsol Balls

Priority Use

Designated sports have priority times. All other times, the area is available on a first-come, first-served basis. During non-priority times, we encourage users to cooperate with each other to allow for maximum use of the space.