Open Play

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Equipment

There's no right or wrong way to open play! Open play and the equipment needed is what you make it. We offer a variety of equipment that can be checked out at the equipment rooms, but please let us know if you have special requests.

Locations

There's are many places to open play! We have a several spaces throughout all our multiple facilities that offer room for you do a variety of activities. Check out all our rooms and location to find the spots that's right for you!

Rules of Play

  • Respect the space. Keep it clean and leave it in the same or better condition than you found it
  • Respect the people around you
  • Be mindful of time in each space (respect other waiting to use the space, share space appropriately)
  • Have fun!

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Equipment

Basketballs ($0.50) can be rented at the South Equipment Room and the North Equipment Room from Recreation and Wellness Center in Minneapolis and from the front desk at St. Paul Gym.

Locations

Basketball courts are located:
  • Recreation and Wellness Center in Minneapolis in the MAC gym (4th floor, polyurethane)
  • Recreation and Wellness Center in Minneapolis in North and South gym (3rd floor, hardwood) with 2 full length courts each. 
  • Field House on the inside of the track, two courts (polyurethane. 
  • The St Paul Gym (hardwood)

Rules of Play

 
  • No shirts vs skins
    • Pinnies are available
  • No dunking or hanging on rims
  • No fighting or using profanity
  • Games are started by shooting for possession
  • Games are to 11 points
    • 1 point per basket
  • Continuation (and 1) is used for fouls in act of shooting
  • Jump ball goes to the defense
  • First 5-10 participants waiting will play in the following game
  • Players officiate their own games
  • Be mindful of time on the courts (respect other waiting to use the courts, share space appropriately)

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Equipment

Racquets ($1.00) can be rented at the North Equipment Room. Shuttlecocks may be purchased at the North Equipment Room.

Locations

Courts located:
  • Third floor of Cooke Hall which is accessed via the skyway on the third floor on the north side of the Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Additional courts are available in the North Gym.

Rules of Play

  • Be mindful of time on the courts (respect other waiting to use the courts, share space appropriately)

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Equipment

Balls ($0.25) and racquets ($1.00) can be rented at the North Equipment Room. Handball gloves may be purchased at the North Equipment Room.

Locations

Courts are located:
  • Check out our Racquet Sports page for more details
  • First floor on the north side of the Recreation and Wellness Center. There are 12 courts for racquetball/handball and 9 courts for squash available for reservation. Courts may only be reserved online through ShopRecWell. Each court reservation is limited to: 
    • Two 30-minute reservations per day per court area (racquetball/handball and squash)

    • One court per reservation time slot

  • For the St. Paul Gym, courts may be reserved in-person or over the phone at (612) 625-8283.

  • Need more help? Check out How to Reserve Minneapolis Courts 1-21

Rules of Play

  • Wearing of eye guards is recommended due to the potential of serious eye-related injury

 

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Equipment

Balls ($0.50) can be rented at the South Equipment Room, the North Equipment Room, and the front desk at the Sports Field Complex.

Locations

Soccer fields are located:
  • In the Fieldhouse (artificial turf)
  • The URWC MAC Gym (4th floor, polyurethane)
  • The University Recreation and Wellness Sports Field Complex (Dome, artificial turf)


 

Rules of Play

  • No hanging on goals
  • No slide tackling
  • No fighting or using profanity
  • No food or drinks on the turf
  • Games are played to 2 goals or 10 minutes - whichever occurs first
    • Winner stays on the field
    • If a draw, newest team wins
  • First participants waiting will play in the following game
  • Players officiate their own games
  • Be mindful of time on the courts (respect other waiting to use the courts, share space appropriately)

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Equipment

Racquets ($1.00) can be rented at the North Equipment Room. Balls ($0.25) may be purchased for at the North Equipment Room.

Locations

Tables are located:
  • First floor on the north side of the Recreation and Wellness Center

Rules of Play

  • Be mindful of time using table (respect other waiting to use the tables, share space appropriately)

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Equipment

Balls ($0.50) can be rented at the South Equipment Room and the North Equipment Room.

Locations

Courts for volleyball are located:
  • Recreation and Wellness Center in Minneapolis MAC gym (4th floor, polyurethane),
  • Recreation and Wellness Center in Minneapolis Cooke 325 (Sport court) 
  • Recreation and Wellness Center in Minneapolis North and South gyms (hardwood)

Rules of Play

  • Be mindful of time on the courts (respect other waiting to use the courts, share space appropriately)

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The Beacon Room

Empty sunny room
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Workout space
    • Dance (no mirrors)
    • Group Fitness Classes 
  • Location

Multipurpose Room 1/2

MP 1/2
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Workout space
    • Dance
    • Group Fitness Classes 
  • Location

Multipurpose Room 3/4

MP 3/4
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Workout space
    • Dance
    • Group Fitness Classes 
  • Location

Multipurpose Room 6

MultipurposeRoom 6
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Workout space
    • Dance
    • Group Fitness Classes 
  • Location

Multipurpose Room 7

MP 7
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Workout space
    • Dance (no mirrors)
    • Group Fitness Classes 
  • Location

MAC Gym

MAC Gym
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Indoor soccer
    • Workout space
  • Location

North Gym

North Gym
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Pickleball
    • Workout space
  • Location
    • University Recreation and Wellness Center, 123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Go to the second floor. From the stairs/elevator, turn left and navigate through the connection to the north building. Go up one floor to the third floor. It is the gym on your right.

South Gym

South Gym
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Basketball
    • Workout space
  • Location
    • University Recreation and Wellness Center, 123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Go to the second floor. From the stairs/elevator, turn left and navigate through the connection to the north building. Go up one floor to the third floor. It is the gym on your left.

Cooke Gym 325

Cooke 325
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Workout space
    • Badminton
    • Volleyball
  • Location
    • University Recreation and Wellness Center, 123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Go to the second floor. From the stairs/elevator, turn left and navigate through the connection to the north building. Go up one floor to the third floor and across the skyway adjacent to the North Gym.

Cooke Studio 308

 

  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Workout space
    • Table Tennis
    • Pickleball
    • Dance
  • Location
    • University Recreation and Wellness Center, 123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Go to the second floor. From the stairs/elevator, turn left and navigate through the connection to the north building. Go up one floor to the third floor and across the skyway adjacent to the North Gym. Inside the Cooke Gym, it is the door/studio to the right.

Field House

Field House interior showing field and track
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
      • Turf: Soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, spikeball, lacrosse
      • Track: Walk, jog, or sprint; Basketball,  tennis and cricket in the interior
    • Workout space
      • Ellipticals, Spin Bikes, Water Rowers, Kettlebells, Bands and Stretch Mats 
  • Location
    • University Field House, 1800 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Accessed from the University Recreation and Wellness Center. Navigate to the lower level of the north building. Access is through the tunnel past the North Equipment Room.

URW Sports Field Complex/Dome

URW Sports Field Complex with the dome up, with many different sport lines painted on the field
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
      • Turf: Soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, spikeball, catch (baseball)
    • Workout space
  • Location

St. Paul Gymnasium

Empty basketball court
  • Activities
    • Open play activities
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Indoor Futsal
  • Location
    • St. Paul Gymnasium, 1536 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55108
    • Accessed by taking the elevator or any set of stairs to the first level of the building and then into either the east or west stairwell and into the gymnasium space.

St. Paul Studio

Room with windows, wood floors, and fitness equipment
  • Activities
    • Workout Space 
    • Group Fitness Classes
  • Location
    • St. Paul Gymnasium, 1536 Cleveland Ave. N., St Paul, MN 55108
    • Accessed by either taking the elevator or the east/west stairwells to the top floor of the building

St. Paul Multipurpose Room

Empty room kettlebells
  • Activities
    • Workout space
    • Group Fitness Classes 
    • Kinesiology Classes
  • Location
    • St. Paul Gymnasium, 1536 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55108
    • Lower Multipurpose can be accessed from the court corridor on the ground level of the building.  Upper Multipurpose can be accessed from the ground level by taking the stairwell located in the North Event Entrance area, or from the first level of the building by going through the basketball court area and accessing the room from the bridge on the northwest side of that space.