We are excited to welcome all our students and members to the Wellness Center this fall. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and based on the State of North Dakota’s Smart Restart Plan for Fitness Centers, you will see some changes in our facility to provide the best, safest environment possible. Please see the information and updates below so you know what to expect on your next visit.

January 8, 2021 Update: Basketball Courts, Aquatics, GroupFIT and Equipment Checkout

With Governor Burgum moving the state of North Dakota to the yellow risk level for COVID-19, the Wellness Center will be making the following changes to our operations based on new state guidelines.

Basketball Courts

Basketball courts will return to a maximum of 10 people per court at all times regardless of activity. Basketball and volleyball will be able to resume 5-on-5 games. Face coverings are still required at all times on and off the courts.


Capacity in Aquatics areas will increase from 25% to 50% for each pool. Please see signs in Aquatics, the guidelines below or ask lifeguards for current occupancy limits.


GroupFIT classes will remain virtual. Students and members will be required to register for our GroupFIT classes on the Wellness Portal and all classes will be held via Zoom.

Equipment Checkout

Resistance bands, Resistance loops and foam rollers will now be available through equipment checkout.

November 20, 2020 Update: Basketball Courts and Racquetball Courts

With new guidelines for fitness centers, the Wellness Center will be requiring face coverings for all activities on basketball courts and racquetball courts beginning Saturday, November 21.

October 16, 2020 Update: 2nd Floor Fitness

2nd Floor Fitness

New guidelines from the state recommend 12 feet of physical distance between fitness equipment. Every other piece of fitness equipment on 2nd floor will be blocked off to maintain the new distance requirements.

Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Stay home if you have a cough, fever or shortness of breath
  • Maintain social distance and stay six feet apart from staff and other members
  • Always wipe down all equipment before and after each use
  • Self-scan your ID card at the Customer Service Desk and Rec Desk or download the Wellness Center App to use the Digital ID
  • Wash your hands before and after working out – hand sanitizer is available by the Customer Service Desk and in multiple locations throughout the facility
  • Only use credit/debit cards for purchases

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required at all times in the following areas:

  • Entering and exiting the facility
  • Climbing Wall
  • First floor strength
  • Basketball courts, racquetball courts & MAC Gym
  • All studios
  • When moving throughout the facility
  • Any other area of the facility when not engaging in physical activity

Staff are required to wear face coverings at all times.


The Wellness Center will follow our regular hours, with the exception of a closure each weekday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for additional cleaning. Our hours can be found here.

Guest passes will be not be available for purchase Monday-Friday from 1:30-11:00 p.m. to assist with reducing capacity during our busiest times.

Space Capacity

Each space will have a limit to the number of people allowed based on the size of the space. The guidelines have been put forth by the State of North Dakota and some capacities are determined based on the current risk level. Signs throughout the facility will indicate the current number of people allowed in each area. The current risk level is yellow and the following guidelines are in place:

  • First Floor Fitness (including Studio B) – 50 people maximum - Face Coverings Required
  • Atrium – 10 people maximum - Face Coverings Required
  • Main Locker Rooms – 10 people each maximum - Face Coverings Required When Possible
  • Aquatics Locker Rooms – 10 people each maximum - Face Coverings Required When Possible
  • Second Floor Fitness – 50 people maximum
  • Studio A – 9 people maximum - Used only for Personal Training
  • Basketball Courts – 6 people per court maximum for activities - Face Coverings Required
  • MAC Gym – 6 people per court maximum for activities - Face Coverings Required
  • Martial Arts Studio – 5 people maximum - Face Coverings Required
  • Cycling Studio – Closed
  • Sauna – 1 person maximum
  • Lap Pool – 1 person per lane during lap swim, 93 people maximum for other activities
  • Leisure Pool – 82 people maximum
  • Hot Tub – 9 people maximum
  • Climbing Wall – 10 people maximum – Face Coverings Required


The first floor strength area has a maximum capacity of 50 people. Students and members looking to use that area must enter and exit at the designated points and properly wear face coverings at all times. When capacity is reached, students and members will need to wait for someone to leave before entering.

First floor strength and cardio equipment is spaced out to give six feet of physical distance. To maximize the amount of equipment available, the walking track has strength and cardio equipment placed throughout and is not available for walkers. Anyone wanting to use a track for walking or running can use the track on the third floor.

Intramural Sports

The current Intramural Sports schedule can be found here. Some sports will have changes to the format, including basketball moving to 3v3 and volleyball moving to 3v3. Please visit the website for information on registration and the dates of each sport.


The Wellness Center is committed to providing programs that encourage students and members to stay active while following all current guidelines. Click the following links to learn more about Climbing, Intramural Sports, Fitness and Aquatics programs throughout the fall semester.

Child Care

The NDSU WCCC will be open with regular operations under the following exceptions:  

  • We ask that only one parent/person drops off or picks up their child to limit the number of people in and out of the center
  • One family in the child care at a time, please wait in your car or the entryway until the other parent exits before entering the child care, call 701-231-5203
  • Be mindful that other families may be waiting to drop off or pick up so please limit conversations (email or call with concerns)
  • No parents are allowed past the gate in the front reception area except in emergencies or for breastfeeding moms
  • Please sanitize your hands before entering the reception area. Sanitizer is located outside the child care
  • We will be asking a series of health questions and taking children/staff temperatures daily as individuals enter
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