Recreation Center/Field Fee

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What's Going to be Included in the
New Campus Recreation Center:

  • First Floor:
    • Three-court gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, badminton
    • Multi-purpose room for sports club meetings, staff training and other club activities
    • Lounges with couches, wireless Internet access, TV, etc.
    • Fitness Studio
    • 3,562 square feet of weights and strength training
  • Second Floor:
    • 13,437-square feet of weights and cardiovascular equipment, TVs, stretching area, lounge
    • 1/10th-mile running/walking track
    • Two fitness studios
    • Wellness suite: Personal training, testing site, library, computer stations
  • Lower Level:
    • Multi-Activity Court for basketball, soccer, roller hockey, badminton, volleyball
    • Locker Rooms
    • Gender-neutral bathrooms/two private changing rooms
    • Equipment Rental Area

Student Benefits/Impact:

  • Students will have access to the Campus Recreation Center 18 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Employment opportunities for about 250 students.
  • Access to more than 100 pieces of stateā€“of-the-art interactive fitness equipment
  • Increased capacity for fitness classes by 77 percent
  • Sport club teams will have access to indoor and outdoor practice/competition space.
  • Sport club teams will be provided with dedicated storage closets.
  • Additional indoor/outdoor programming spaces for all clubs and organizations
  • Dedicated size-appropriate soccer, lacrosse and rugby fields

Campus Recreation Center/Fields Advisory Board:

The Campus Recreation Center Advisory Board reports to the Associate Dean and Director of Student Life and the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. The board and its subcommittees provide feedback and advice on matters concerning the mission, policies and practice of the Campus Recreation Center. It is comprised of student representatives from recognized student organizations on campus:

  • Undergraduate Student Government
  • Graduate Student Organization
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Commuter Student Association
  • Sports Club Council
  • Student Health Advisory Committee
  • Student Athletic Advisory Board
  • Student Representative from the Wellness Center
  • Student Representative from Intramurals
  • Individual students interested in becoming members of the Advisory Board are welcome to attend all meetings as at-large members.

The Advisory Board also includes faculty and staff representatives from the University Senate, Campus Environmental Committee, Athletics Department, SAC/SBU Facilities Operations, and Department of Campus Recreation.

Budget Review

The Campus Recreation Center will be open 18 hours per day, seven days a week. Total annual expenses needed to operate the Campus Recreation Center and to support the development and maintenance of Recreation Field Space is approximately $2,020,000. About 40 percent of the cost will be used to pay utilities, maintenance and custodial expenses. Nearly $400,000 will be used to hire students, who will play an integral role coordinating activities in the CRC.

Recreation Center Fee Graph

Recreation Center/Fields Anticipated Expenditures % of Recreation Center/Field Fee
Utilities 22%
Maintenance/Custodial 19%
Student Employment 17%
Field Development and Maintenance 16%
Professional and Support Staff 15%
Supplies and Expenses 6%
Equipment Replacement 5%

Recreation Center and Fields Fee History Summary

In the fall of 1999, a campus committee comprised of Stony Brook students, faculty and staff began discussions about the construction of a Campus Recreation Center. This initiative grew in response to student survey results noting a severe lack of recreational facilities for students on campus. One year later, in October of 2000, the Undergraduate Student Government (Polity) conducted a student referendum regarding an additional fee that would be used for a recreation center. By a substantial margin -- with two-thirds of students voting "yes" -- the students supported a $75 per semester mandatory fee to commence upon the opening of the facility. Construction on the state-funded $37.5 million Campus Recreation Center began in 2010 and is set to open in September, 2012. Student media outlets have covered the historical evolution of the Recreation Center since 2000 in printed and, later, online media.

For the past 12 years, the Campus Recreation Center Advisory Board has met regularly and has been instrumental in providing guidance on items such as the location of the new facility, equipment selection and reviewing and discussing the budget and fee schedule. The 2011-2012 board, made up primarily of students, has met several times and reviewed the budget. The group overwhelmingly agreed to support the Recreation Center and Fields fee, believing the amount was fair and would offer students opportunities to promote good health, wellness and social interaction.

Staff from the Department of Campus Recreation and students from the advisory board have made numerous presentations since 1999 regarding the Campus Recreation Center. Presentations have been made to the Undergraduate Student Government Senate, Graduate Student Organization Senate, Sports Club Council, Athletics Department Staff, Student Life Advisory Council, Student Life Faculty Senate Committee, Commuter Student Association and Residence Hall Association.

Last fall, the Sports Club Council presented a petition with nearly 3,000 student signatures regarding the inadequacy of outdoor field space for the 30 sport clubs. In support of their petition, The Undergraduate Student Government Senate passed a resolution supporting the students' request for more field space.

The Recreation Center and Fields Fee of $75.00 per semester will be established to fund the operating cost of our new Recreation Center and pay for the development and maintenance of new and existing club sport fields.