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Intramurals too full
Boulder was recently named the healthiest city in the United States. It’s no wonder that students love to play sports, especially intramurals. But in the past few years, some students haven’t been able to participate because of a lack of space.
Intramural sports range from broomball to basketball and indoor and outdoor spaces are too small to meet existing demands resulting in students being turned away. Brandon Parks, an intramural supervisor, said, “In the case of broomball, you can only log in so many hours on the ice rink so you can only have so many teams. There’s not enough space.”
An improvement project is underway and project ideas are being developed. Some of these include: four new basketball courts, a new ice rink, a new swimming pool, a new multi-purpose gymnasium, a new climbing facility and four new outdoor recreation fields.
Students are being asked to give their suggestions and the Rec center will be conducting a survey of student interest and ideas this month. To participate in this process, check out their facebook page.
Student Andrew Wetzig said, “I was recruited by the Monstars late in the season. There was not enough room for the signup, I couldn’t get my own team in there. My girlfriend tried to go at 7:00 a.m., already booked. People are intense, people are there camping out all night.”
The University of Colorado currently has the smallest recreational center in the Big 12. With a 20 percent increase in student enrollment in the past two decades, the Rec is not big enough and is constantly overcrowded. More than 880,000 students visit the Rec each year and 16,000 of those attempt to register for intramurals.