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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation

Gerald Ratner Athletics Center

In accordance with guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health, Athletics & Recreation is modifying its building capacity and facility operations to ensure the health and safety of all students and building staff. Due to the necessary de-densification of fitness and recreation spaces and equipment, we will only be open to enrolled UChicago students for the Autumn Quarter.

* Students must complete the online training and attestation process in order to access campus buildings including the Ratner Athletics Center. Please complete the process before making facility reservations - https://goforward.uchicago.edu/health-requirements/#training. Students in campus housing must complete either the 10-day "stay at home" period or the 14-day "quarantine" before using the facilities.

Reservations must be made 24-72 hours in advance in order to access the swimming pool and cardio and weight training facilities. Due to restrictions on group play and the use of shared equipment, the gymnasia will not be available for use. Activity areas will be closed for one hour mid-day to allow for more extensive cleaning. Please review the rules and reservation procedures listed below.

* UPDATE: The gymnasiums are closed to general recreational use until further notice.

Regular autumn quarter hours will begin on October 5.

 

HOURS  |  RESERVATIONS  |  RULES  OVERVIEW  

  

FALL HOURS (October 5 - November 22)

RESERVATIONS ONLY

Reservations must be made 24-72 hours in advance

Monday - Friday

Building Hours = 7 AM – 9 PM  

Swimming Hours = 7 AM – 1 PM; 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Saturday - Sunday   

Building Hours = 9 AM – 7 PM  

Swimming Hours = 10 AM – 3 PM

   

 


RESERVATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

  • Online Reservation System
    • Students must complete the online training and attestation process in order to access campus buildings including the Ratner Athletics Center. Please complete the process before making facility reservations - https://goforward.uchicago.edu/health-requirements/#training. Students in campus housing must complete either the 10-day "stay at home" period or the 14-day "quarantine" before using the facilities.
    • Prior registration is required for all visits to the Ratner Athletics Center.
    • Registration may be found at the ONLINE RESERVATION link below, and you will need to login with your CNET ID and password. If you cannot access the page, you will need to logout of any other Outlook account that is signed in on your device.
    • Reservations will be open 72 hours prior to the time slot and close 24 hours prior.
    • Reservation Instructions
      • Choose the area of the building you would like to utilize (you will not be able to move between spaces during your allotted time)
        • Cardio Rotunda
        • Cardio Gym
        • Strength Training
        • Swimming Pool
      • Choose the date and time of your desired reservation. Slots will disappear when they have been filled.
      • Enter your name, UChicago email, and phone number
      • Verify that you have read and abide by all University policies related to COVID - 19 by entering your CNET ID
      • Clicking “Book” will bring you to a confirmation page, and you will receive a confirmation email.
      • If you need to cancel your reservation, use the link provided in the confirmation email
      • You will receive a reminder email 12 hours prior to your reservation
    • Please limit yourself to one reservation per day
    • Please utilize the slot you reserve or cancel your reservation more than 24 hours in advance. Slots that are booked but not utilized take away opportunities from other patrons.
    • We understand that last minute changes will happen, but consistently booking and not utilizing reservations may impact your ability to make future reservations.

  • Entrance Procedures
    • Please arrive for your reservation no more than 10 minutes prior to the start.
    • Please enter through the left doors and adhere to the social distancing markers on the floor of the lobby.
    • You may enter after your start time, but you will not be permitted to stay past the time slot.
    • At the front desk, you will need to swipe your card through the reader and inform the VCA of your reservation time and location
    • You will receive a card with your reservation information – please keep this with you during your workout.
    • You may only utilize the area of the facility that you reserved, and floor monitors may ask to see your reservation card.

 


RULES AND REGULATIONS

Masks covering the nose and mouth are required in the building except during swimming sessions (masks are required on the pool deck). We recommend reading these tips for working out with a mask published by the American Council on Exercise: Exercising With a Face Covering: Do's and Don'ts

Please maintain physical distancing and comply with directional signage. Patrons must stay within their reserved space and time slot.

Please read the specific cleaning and distancing guidelines for the space you have reserved before beginning your workout.

Locker rooms will not be open except for swimming reservations. Please limit what belongings you bring with you, and monitor them at all times during your workout.

Masks must be worn at all times during your workout. If you remove your mask to drink water, you must put it back on before resuming your workout.

Food and drink will not be allowed in the building except for a personal water bottle. Please be aware of the surrounding area and maintain physical distancing when your mask is removed to drink. Water fountains will not be in service, but bottle filling stations will be operable.

Lockers, cubbies and towel services are not available at this time.

Stretching mats and balls have been removed due to the difficulty of sanitizing soft/pliable surfaces.

No loitering in common areas or doorways. Patrons are encouraged to use the facility as efficiently as possible.

Please bring a separate pair of workout shoes to avoid tracking dirt, snow, and salt into the activity areas.

Report any problems or concerns to the front desk staff immediately.

Students who fail to follow these rules or comply with directions of staff will be asked to leave the facility and may jeopardize their eligibility for future use.

BE SAFE, BE WELL, BE ACTIVE, BE HEALTHY

 

CARDIO GYM RULES (Auxiliary Gym North)
50 minute reservation – 23 slots

Cleaning

  • Use the disinfecting wipes to clean your machine before AND after each use.
  • Please only use one wipe each time you clean the machine.
  • It is imperative that you do your part in cleaning the machines during your workout.

Physical Distancing

  • Please be mindful of maintaining distancing when moving between machines.
  • Avoid congregating by the disinfecting wipe stations.
  • Isolate yourself when drinking water, and put your mask back on before resuming your workout.
  • The southern half of the gym is closed to activity. Access is strictly limited to the athletic training room staff and varsity athletes.

Machines Available (First-Come, First-Served)

  • Precor Ellipitical = 7 total
  • Stair Master Step Mill = 4 total
  • Precor AMT = 2 total
  • SciFit Hand Cycle = 1 total
  • Precor Upright Bike = 5 total
  • Precor Recumbent Bike = 1 total
  • Keiser Bike = 2 total
  • Schwinn Fan Bike = 1 total
  • Concept II Rower = 3 total

 

CARDIO ROTUNDA RULES
50 minute reservation – 16 slots

Cleaning

  • Use the disinfecting wipes to clean your machine before AND after each use.
  • Please only use one wipe each time you clean the machine.
  • It is imperative that you do your part in cleaning the machines during your workout.

Physical Distancing

  • Please be mindful of maintaining distancing when moving between machines.
  • Avoid congregating by the disinfecting wipe stations.
  • Isolate yourself when drinking water, and put your mask back on before resuming your workout.
  • Do not use machines that are marked "Out of Service." The machines will be rotated on a regular basis.

Machines Available

  • Woodway Treadmill = 2 total
  • Precor Treadmill = 6 total
  • Precor AMT 833 = 1 total
  • Precor AMT 100i = 1 total
  • Precor Elliptical 835 = 2 total
  • Precor Elliptical 833 = 3 total
  • Cybex Arc Trainer = 2 total
  • Precor Recumbent Bike = 1 total

 

STRENGTH TRAINING RULES
50 minute reservation – 35 slots

Cleaning

  • Take one of the numbered spray bottles from the “Clean” cart. Please do not share spray bottles.
  • Keep this spray bottle with you throughout your workout.
  • Paper towel dispensers are located on the first and second floors. Paper towels should only be used one time before discarding.
  • Spray and wipe your equipment before AND after each use.
  • Place your spray bottle in the “Used” bin located outside the fitness center when you leave.
  • It is imperative that you do your part in cleaning the equipment during your workout.

Physical Distancing

  • Please be mindful of maintaining distancing when moving between exercises.
  • Avoid congregating near water bottle filling stations and paper towel dispensers.
  • Patrons should not share machines between sets, but please be respectful of everyone’s time by not lingering on a machine for too long.
  • Isolate yourself when drinking water and put your mask back on before resuming your workout.on before resuming your workout.

 

POOL RULES
45 minute reservation – 14 slots

Physical Distancing

  • Please be mindful of maintaining distancing within and moving between locker room and pool areas.
  • Avoid congregating near locker room doors, pool ladders, and lane lines.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in the locker room and pool area unless showering or swimming.

Locker Rooms 

  • Please limit your time in the locker room to maintain low occupancy and adequate space for physical distancing.
  • A shower is required before using the pool.
  • Do not leave belongings in the locker room. All belongings must be brought to the pool deck.
  • At the end of your session, please exit the locker rooms through the doors leading directly to the hallways.

Lap Swimming

  • One person is allowed per each reserved lane.
  • Use any open lane in your designated reserved lane group.
  • Place your reservation card on the chair behind your lane.
  • Please stay in the middle of the lane when stopping on the walls.

 


Overview

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Designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli, the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center opened to the University of Chicago community in the fall of 2003. The building is named in honor of Gerald Ratner (A.B.'35, J.D.'37), who was an outfielder for Chicago during its days as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Located at the southwest corner of Ellis Avenue and 55th Street, the air-conditioned, 150,000 square-foot facility features the 50-meter x 25-yard Myers-McLoraine Swimming Pool; the Bernard DelGiorno Fitness Center with cardiovascular exercise equipment, selectorized weightlifting machines, and free weights; a multipurpose dance studio; competition and auxiliary gymnasia; classroom and meeting room space; permanent and day lockers and locker rooms; the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame; and the athletic department offices.

The Ratner Athletics Center also serves as the home of the University of Chicago basketball, volleyball, wrestling and swimming & diving teams. The facility includes a 1,658-seat competition gymnasium and the Myers-McLoraine Swimming Pool.

In its first year of operation, the $51 million facility received awards from the American Council of Engineering Company, the American Institute of Steel Construction, and the Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois for its excellence in engineering and design.

Among the notable features of the two-story facility is a roof that is suspended by cables attached to five masts that peak 100 feet from the ground.

Recreational memberships are available for purchase for University and Hospital faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees as well as their spouses and children. Registered University students may acquire memberships at no charge.


Bernard J. DelGiorno Fitness Center

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The Bernard J. DelGiorno Fitness Center within the Ratner Athletics Center occupies two levels of the facility plus the rotunda area. Open and full of light, the fitness center includes two selectorized weight circuits, free weights, rowing ergometers, elliptical trainers, recumbent and upright bicycles, step mills, and treadmills – many with cardio theatre options.

Additional fitness center opportunities are available at Henry Crown Field House, which include cardio, resistance, and weight training equipment.


Gymnasia

* The gymnasiums are closed to general recreational use until further notice.
  

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The Ratner Center houses a competition gym and auxiliary gym, both of which are available to recreational users. The Competition Gym features a practice and game site for varsity basketball, volleyball, and wrestling which converts to two recreational courts.

The Auxiliary Gym includes a multipurpose court that allows for indoor soccer, as well as basketball, volleyball, and badminton.


Myers-McLoraine Pool

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The most prominent feature of the Ratner Center is the Myers-McLoraine swimming pool. The 50-meter by 25-yard pool includes up to 20 lanes in the 25-yard dimension and nine lanes in the 50-meter dimenson, and contains a moveable bulkhead which allows for simultaneous activities.

In addition, two one-meter diving boards are available. The pool depth ranges from four feet in the shallow section to 13.5 feet in the diving well.


Athletic Fields

* All outdoor facilities and fields are closed to general recreational use until further notice.

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The University of Chicago varsity athletic teams practice and compete on the fields located directly behind the Ratner Athletics Center. The Maroons play football, soccer and softball at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field; baseball at J. Kyle Anderson Field; and hold meets on Ted Haydon Track.