Intramural and Recreational Activities

Office: 154 Dods Hall

(716) 673-3590

Geoff Braun, Coordinator



The Intramural and Recreational Activities Program is conducted under the direction of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, and is funded by the State of New York and Student Association fees.

The university facilities are outstanding and include Dods Hall, with its classrooms, gymnasia, fitness center, dance studio, and racquetball courts, and Steele Hall, which contains an ice skating rink, basketball courts, an indoor track, and a natatorium. Facilities also include outdoor tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor track, and numerous playing fields. A new complex, containing both a natural grass field and a state-of-the-art artificial turf field, serves as home to the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams as well as recreational space for intramurals and club teams.

The program offers a variety of sports and recreational activities to meet the needs of interested students, faculty and staff. The Recreation Office strives to provide a safe, wholesome environment in which students can enjoy the physical, mental, and social benefits of recreational activities, making participation part of a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. The university employs 60 students to serve as field supervisors as well as referees. It also offers one- and two-day tournaments, and leagues that run from four to seven weeks. Women's, men's, and co-ed leagues are available for each sport offered. In the fall, program offerings contain volleyball, flag football, broomball, indoor volleyball, and indoor soccer. The spring semester usually includes basketball, floor hockey, outdoor soccer, tennis, softball, racquetball, and broomball.

The program also oversees a strong club sport offering which includes Club Ice Hockey, Blackhorse Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Extreme Sports, Field Hockey, Soccer, Ballroom Dance, Figure Skating, Fencing, Dance, Volleyball, and Lacrosse.

Blue Devils Fitness Center

The Blue Devils Fitness Center is located in Dods Hall and consists of 5,200 square feet of activity space. The center offers strength training equipment, power lifting equipment, progressive resistance equipment and cardiovascular training equipment which meets the exercise needs of a variety of recreational as well as highly trained students and athletes. In May of 2012, construction began on a new 7,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art fitness center. Expected date of completion is March 2013.

Dods Hall Gymnasium

The Dods Hall gymnasium is adjacent to the fitness center and consists of over 9,000 square feet of space in which the department conducts aerobics and step aerobics classes and a variety of recreational, intramural and athletic activities. The space can accommodate large fitness classes of over 100 students per class. The department's facility schedule can be accessed by visiting

Steele Hall Fieldhouse

The fieldhouse measures 155 feet x 130 feet (19,500 sq. ft.) and is capable of seating 3,500 people. The Steele Hall Fieldhouse houses a varsity basketball court, two intramural/recreational courts, four competitive volleyball courts, a four lane all weather indoor track, and a walking aerobic exercise area for students, faculty and staff. The area is also used for special events, Commencement, and concerts.

Outdoor Tennis and Basketball Facilities

Eight outdoor lighted tennis courts were constructed in 2000. There are two outdoor basketball courts adjacent to the new tennis courts. These additions to the university's facilities allow the department to offer beginning and advanced tennis, recreational and intramural programs and intercollegiate tennis for women.

University Stadium

The University Stadium is composed of a natural grass playing field and a synthetic turf field. Both areas are lighted for evening games and intramural and recreational sports activities.

Steele Hall Ice Rink

The Steele Hall Ice Rink measures 200 feet x 85 feet. The rink hosts many student activities including beginning, intermediate and advanced skating classes, figure skating classes, and student club sports such as figure skating and club hockey. Recreational skating is offered to students at no charge on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Intramural broomball and floor hockey are conducted in this area once ice is removed in the early spring.


The natatorium, which officially opened in the fall of 2001, consists of an eight-lane competitive swimming pool and separate diving area which houses two 1-meter and one 3-meter diving boards. The permanent bleacher area seats 650 spectators. The pool deck has a special extra wide teaching area. Space is available for on-deck fitness equipment for the training of competitive swimmers. A separate area is available for the SCUBA cascade system that allows the university to offer both beginning and advanced SCUBA classes. The natatorium programs consist of intercollegiate swimming and diving; beginning, intermediate and advanced swimming classes; fitness through swim classes; aqua-aerobics; intramural water polo and water basketball; recreational swim and learn to swim classes. A large meeting-special event room exists adjacent to the natatorium and is available for meetings and special events.